The Scarecrow by Michael ConnellyThe Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow

byMichael Connelly

Hardcover | May 26, 2009 | Large Print

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Forced out of theLos Angeles Timesamid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at thepaperto 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 Poetmade 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.
Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well asThe Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime,andthe #1New York TimesbestsellerThe Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time inCaliforniaandFlorida.
Title:The ScarecrowFormat:Hardcover | Large PrintDimensions:672 pages, 9.52 × 6.3 × 1.73 inPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316043672

ISBN - 13:9780316043670

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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