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The Scarecrow

A book by Michael Connelly

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  • Jun 29, 2010
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Michael Connelly is one of my favorite mystery thriller writers of all time. And while Detective Harry Bosch is my favorite character of his, I'd probably say that Jack Mc Evoy is a close second. The Scarecrow is about Jack Mc Evoy and opens with him getting laid off from his job at the Los Angeles Times.  Which of course is probably very easy for many people to relate to right now, I know I certainly can, being a photojournalist myself. And if that isn't enough of a kick in the pants, he is expected to train his replacement before he goes.  Whats great is that Jack decides to go out with a bang instead of a more typical take this job and shove it attitude. He scents out a  bigger story about a young gang banger who was arrested for murder after being confronted by the boy's grandmother. While researching for this story about how a young man becomes a murder, Jack and his "protege"  unwittingly trip across a serial killers sight. But Jack has done it again, found a serial killer that no one was looking for. As he tracks the serial killer and his story across the desert into Nevada, little does he know that the killer is tracking him too. After problems with his credit cards, bank account, and cell phone, Jack realizes that he may have a problem, and contacts his old friend Rachel Walling, worried that someone is messing with him. While it seems that Rachel blows him off, She sweeps in and saves Jack in the nick of time. Which I just love when the woman gets to play the hero from time to time. When the crime solving team of Rachel and Jack put their heads together, they realize that the "tripwire" that was sprung putting him in danger was actually tripped by his replacement, Angela they race back to Los Angeles to see if she is okay. When they arrive to Jack's house every thing seems okay, they rekindle the romance that was aborted at the end of the Poet. When they were tidying up they realize that all was not as it seemed and that Angela's dead body was under the bed all along and jack was set up to take the fall. Fortunately Rachel's presence again saves Jack, and the police and FBI start investigating. Of course the good guys save the day and find the killer although, with a few misdirections. The best parts about this book to me were, one the resolution of Jack and Rachel Wallings relationship. In other Connelly books, Rachel Walling hooks up with Jack and with Harry Bosch but it never works because Rachel just jumps ship at any sign of something she does not like. I am glad that Connelly develops her a little more in this book and actually lets her grow and mature and not jump ship at the first sign of trouble. The second really good thing about this book is the how will there is the traditional villain, what with a serial killer and all, there is also a second secret villain, The internet. the internet is whats killing the papers (so very true) and the internet is how the killer finds his victims and finds Jack and Angela. All in all a great read, would highly recommend.

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review by . July 02, 2010
Connelly delivers again with one of his early characters (Jack McEvoy) now paired with Rachel Walling who we last saw with Harry Bosch. McEvoy is told he is being let go from the his paper and has two weeks to train his replacement. Jack decides that he wants to go out with a bang and happens to follow-up on a tip from the mother of teen caught up in a murder that Jack reported. As Jack starts to probe he realizes that the teen couldn't have committed the crime and may be in fact innocent.   …
Quick Tip by . October 29, 2010
Jack McEvoy stars in a thrilling sequel to his debut in THE POET. In his final story for the LA Times, he's busy tracking down a clever hidden killer whose staying under the police radar by framing more likely suspects for his crime.
review by . October 29, 2010
Jack McEvoy, long time investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has fallen victim to the ravages of the internet and the modern economy and has received the dreaded pink slip. Angry at having been summarily dismissed after so many years, McEvoy decides that the most powerful message he could leave upon his exit would be a story with the potential to win a Pulitzer Prize, something to top even the story that he wrote about his encounter with THE POET.      Originally …
review by . September 17, 2010
   The Scarecrow was my first Michael Connelly novel and probably not my last. A book that delves into the sick mind that relishes a specific torture/murder scenario should be fairly graphic. However, Connelly keeps the gore and horror fairly low-key, hinting at most of it, which was refreshing because it doesn't take much to hit overkill.      Crime scene aficionados, creepy bad guy collectors, fractured mind fans, police procedural junkies, cyber-crime masterminds, …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Great to see two old characters return. Loved this book. Connely proves he has more than one frachise character in him.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Michael Connelly, a compelling and engrossing read.
review by . September 04, 2009
   When it comes to chilling suspense thrillers few can match the level of Michael Connelly. So it should then be no surprise to see all the good reviews his new work "The Scarecrow" is receiving. There are some very chilling and sadistic scenes that would make the Marquis de Sade envious - but there is a lot more to this book than grizzly murders. Jack McEvoy is the book's lead - a newspaper reporter (you may remember him from "The Poet") The Poet       …
review by . November 03, 2009
Jack McEvoy became a national bestselling author when he wrote a book about his experience with a serial killer named the Poet, and since then, he's worked as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The Times, facing financial woes, decides to lay off 100 employees and Jack's number 99. Jack decides to make a grand exit by writing a book about a 16-year-old drug dealer who claims he did not confess to strangling a young woman and stuffing her in the trunk of her car, although the police investigators …
review by . May 26, 2009
Connelly delivers again with one of his early characters (Jack McEvoy) now paired with Rachel Walling who we last saw with Harry Bosch. McEvoy is told he is being let go from the his paper and has two weeks to train his replacement. Jack decides that he wants to go out with a bang and happens to follow-up on a tip from the mother of teen caught up in a murder that Jack reported. As Jack starts to probe he realizes that the teen couldn't have committed the crime and may be in fact innocent.    Me …
review by . August 05, 2009
Last seen primarily in "The Poet," Jack McEvoy returns in this novel which is both a mystery and a lament to the world of newspaper publishing. It's been a lot of years since the celebrity success of his book on the poet serial killer and Jack is on the wrong side of 40. The LA Times has seen its best days and in the latest round of staff cuts has included Jack. They will give him one break which at the same time is a bit of an insult. He can leave now or he can train his replacement, Angela Cook, …
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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.

 

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In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich and asked them to interview each other. Find out what two of the top authors of their genres have to say about their characters, writing process, and more. Janet Evanovich is the bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, including Finger Lickin' Fifteen, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and . Read on to see Janet Evanovich's questions for Michael Connelly, or turn the tables to see what Connelly asked Evanovich.

Janet EvanovichEvanovich: So dude,... Okay, you're back in Florida. Do you ever get to the beach? And when and if you get to the beach...is Harry Bosch with you? And what kind of beachwear are you guys ...

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ISBN-10: 0316166308
ISBN-13: 978-0316166300
Author: Michael Connelly
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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