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The Scarecrow

by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown And Company | May 26, 2009 | Hardcover

The Scarecrow is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 8.
Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow''s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack''s.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: May 26, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316166308

ISBN - 13: 9780316166300

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! Another great novel! Scarecrow have a great story line, lots of twists. Michael Connelly did a great job describing the charcters, like Jack"s inner feeling when facing a laid off, alone and helpless. On the other hand, the smart movement of Carver making the story so exciting. When you start reading the book, you can't put it down.
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Class Well worth the read. Couple of his past characters with modern internet technology a fourth character. Enjoy
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I thought the book was well written, I had a hard time outting it down. Classic Michael Connelly and I enjoyed reading every chapter of the Scarecrow.
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read A little slow to start but turned out to be good.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Novel Connelly does it again with a great novel. The story just gets bigger as the investigation progresses. Jack McEvoy and FBI agent Rachel Walling use all they've got to solve the case despite Jack getting pinked and Rachel dealing with the Bureau. The killer is clever and always a step ahead of them, making the story realistic with a believable cast of characters. Jack and Rachel, although they were in a romantic relationship with each other twelve years ago, must work together to unravel the bits of information that would ultimately prevent the killer from meeting the next victim. I like how agent Rachel Walling uses her profiling skills to deduct theories and attempt to find the killer's signature. These are the moments of realization that leave me saying "ahhh." She's a strong female character who knows when her job comes first -- most of the time, while Jack has a tendency to want to give in romantically. I also like how Jack tries hard to catch up to the killer in finding connections and the next lead while he tries to end his career on the crime beat with a big bang. He's not afraid to literally say F you to his editor, not only for cutting him, but also for giving him deals that just won't do. Rachel has good instincts and she's good at reading people, while Jack makes good judgements and simply can't help but dig for that next lead. Even with their drive and background, the killer still manages to leave them in doubt and with nothing to pin him on, until he slips up. Peter Giles is the reader for this audio book and he is a great voice actor. His interpretation of Connelly's work is fantastic and he reads the dialogue for the other characters very well; forget the male voices, his interpretation of female voices and of African American English speakers is great too. Depending on the character and the situation, the F-bomb and other variations of it are dropped, but they are well executed; they add to the story rather than taking away from it. There are some husky voices out there that make your insides want to melt and holy crow, this is one of them (except when he's lending his voice to female characters and a few annoying male characters.)
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from v.good suspense thiller The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly is now available in hardback. Its ISBN is 075287585X. The protagonist Jack Mc Evoy is losing his job on his paper due to recessionary cuts. Before he leaves he has two weeks to train in a fresh grad into his job. Jack decides he is going to go out with a blaze of glory and write the crime story of his career.He decides to write a story on a 16 year old boy Alonzo Winslow who raped and strangled a woman. Jack receives a phonce call from the kids mum saying he is innocent. With a little bit of old fashioned detective work he discovers the kid did not murder the woman. Whats worst he connects this murder to an earlier one in Las Vegas. He soon realizes there is a murderer on the lose and people are in jail for his crimes.The murderer is nicknamed The Scarecrow. The Scarecrow is a criminal who works on tha computer farm securing top secret data that must remain secure and he is prepared to kill to keep his secrets. Jack and his trainee Rachael has let off a digital tripwire and the killer knows he is on to him and he is waiting for him. In this fast paced thriller Jack joins up with his ex lover Rachael an FBI agent to catch The Scarecrow. They rush to stay alive and find the murderer and convict him. Will Jack and Rachael keep their jobs? This is a fast paced murder thiller that is a real page turner. The message of the novel is there is a dark side to technology it can work for or against you. Connolly fans and crime thriller readers will love this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book If you enjoy Michael Connelly previous book, especially 'The Poet' you'll enjoy this one.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Getting way too predictable! Having read all of Michael Connelley's books and having enjoyed reading almost all of them, it is starting to seem, to me, that Mr. Connelly is becoming a template writer. The plots and twists and ins and outs have become very predictable. The Poet and Trunk Music and a Darkness More that Night are from a bygone era. I sure do wish that his flame would reignite.
Date published: 2009-06-04

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The Scarecrow

by Michael Connelly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: May 26, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316166308

ISBN - 13: 9780316166300

About the Book

Forced out of the "Los Angeles Times" amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career.
He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.
Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet""made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.

From the Publisher

Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow''s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack''s.

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well as The Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in <_st13a_state _w3a_st="on">California and <_st13a_state _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"There''s something so comforting about knowing you''re in the hands of a master when you pick up a new book....Connelly has produced one of the most impressive bodies of work in crime fiction, both an in-depth study of the darker side of human nature and an ongoing biography of the city of Los Angeles, told through the guise of sharply plotted, endlessly entertaining mystery novels."
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