The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow

byMichael Connelly

Kobo ebook | May 26, 2009

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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.

Bonus materials include an in-depth interview with the author about writing "The Scarecrow" along with his exciting travel photos-plus a link to an online promotional video and links within the text to a fictitious website based on the novel and a teaser chapter from his next book, "Nine Dragons."


Michael Connelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 where he majored in journalism and minored in creative writing. After graduation, he worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in the crime beat. He was writing about the police and crime during the wave of violence that came over S...
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Title:The ScarecrowFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316073458

ISBN - 13:9780316073455

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Scarecrow Although a different take on this story, Connelly presents a thriller which keeps the reader on edge.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scarecrow Good beginning. ..got repeated and again, starred flipping pages ...and got lost. Sorry, usually I like his books...
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read Michael Connelly has kept me in suspense throughout
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Connelly read I get the feeling that Michael Connelly lives vicariously through his protagonist here in "The Scarecrow" as his main character, Jack McAvoy, is a journalist and sometimes novelist. Connelly also treats this book a bit differently than he has in the past with previous novels by having some of the chapters told in the first person (McAvoy) while some of them are told in the third person by the criminal, the Scarecrow. It reminds me very much of a James Patterson novel as Patterson frequently uses the first person then third person POVs to show us who the two foils are. As always, there is a great story here, but the "usual" Connelly-twist is missing. Still, all in all, this is a great book that flies by quickly as you can't help but want to keep reading.
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Connelly, one of my favorites, has used one of his best character teams to weave yet another top notch suspense, and again the book held my attention from the beginning to the end. There are some references to previous escapades, but certainly not necessary to follow the story. Another great ending. Hope to read this team agian in the near future. Highly recommended for those who love "cop" thrillers.
Date published: 2010-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neatly Woven Thriller Book 2 in the Jack McEvoy series This is another neatly woven thriller that will hold your attention till the very end. The story is inspired by the decline of newspapers and the threat of the Internet and told in a way only Michael Connelly can. The central character is Jack McEvoy, a reporter who is facing job elimination at the Los Angeles Times. Adding insult to injury he is given two weeks to train Angela Cook, his young replacement before leaving. It is then that Jack sees the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory by writing a story of a former gang member Alonzo Winslow accused of murdering stripper Denise Babbit. The main plot is centered on murders committed by someone called the Scarecrow. His unique way of killing has baffled law enforcement for a long time. Cases that were previously settled in an expedient manner are brought back to the forefront with the recent research on the Babbit murder. The ambitious Angela uncovers undeniable links to the past that leaves many questions to be answered. Angela’s Internet research unknowingly triggers an alarm alerting data specialist Wesley Carver. At this point much of the story becomes centered on Carver and his part in the drama, exposing his true identity. Jack McEvoy’s character is at its best and the action peaks while he is in pursuit of this particularly intelligent serial killer taking the reader on a very thrilling ride. Along the way he is reunited with Agent Rachel Walling exposing his softer side. True to his trademark, Mr Connelly filled the story with numerous clever touches and details. The plot moves at a steady pace told with a prose that is exciting and suspenseful, the action alternates between Jack and Carver chapter by chapter. On the down side, I found revealing the Scarecrow’s identity early may have removed some of the suspense.
Date published: 2010-01-14