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The Scarecrow Hardcover – May 26 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Terrific....Connelly never stops doling out the suspense as action leads to counteraction....His thriller is an addictive read that, once it grabs you in those first few pages, won't let go of you....High-grade entertainment." (Boston Globe Chuck Leddy)

"The Scarecrow is a dire warning about the dangers of electronic snooping. And it is a page-turning thriller--cleverly plotted, fast-paced and crisply written." (San Francisco Chronicle Bruce DeSilva)

"Connelly is one of the masters of contemporary crime fiction....Connelly's masterful narrative...proceeds in alternate chapters...which adds to this particularly chilling heavy's creepy aspect. It's a terrific device. Connelly always has been frank about his admiration for Raymond Chandler. It's a high bar to set for oneself, but he comes as close to clearing it as any mystery writer of his generation." (Los Angeles Times Tim Rutten)

"Connelly nails the death-of-newspapers theme....Alternating point of view between villain and reporter, Connelly builds tension expertly, using dramatic irony to its fullest, screw-tightening potential. Even confirmed Harry Bosch fans will have to admit that this Harry-less novel is one of Connelly's very best." (Booklist Bill Ott)

"What drives this story are not the vivid action scenes but the more internal clue-reading of his heroes as they piece together the ingenious mystery plots." (Entertainment Weekly Thom Geier)

"With its ingenious story line and the twisted brilliance of the creeps involved, The Scarecrow holds its own with its predecessor [The Poet], which was a breakthrough novel for Connelly." (Washington Post Maureen Corrigan)

"A riveting thriller with a flawed, fully fleshed hero, a nasty serial killer and the expected page-turning tension." (Miami Herald Connie Ogle)

"Connelly has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team." (New York Times Marilyn Stasio)

"Connelly masterfully whips the reader back and forth between McEvoy's point of view and the killer's, accelerating the pace as the full threat to McEvoy and Rachel Walling becomes clearer. The Scarecrow is Connelly in top form. And reading it will make it impossible for you to ever again think that when you do something online, no one's watching." (St. Petersburg Times Colette Bancroft)

"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." (Chicago Sun-Times David J. Montgomery)

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 California and Florida.

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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.

It's great how Agent Rachel Walling uses her profiling skills to deduct theories and attempt to find the killer's signature. She's a strong female character who knows when her job comes first (which is most of the time), while Jack has a tendency to want to give in romantically. 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.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Jack McEvoy is a recurring character for Connelly readers. This book starts slow and very depressing as McEvoy gets downsized by the collapsing world of print media. As many folks are facing similar challenges, those similarly affected or fearful of such will probably stop there. Fortunately the pace changes and the story picks up with three dimensional characters both likeable and despicable. Connelly has done good research in creating his newest platform but his editors fail him by using incorrect acronyms in the technology space which will put off tech or legal savvy readers.

Once you get past this, it's a brilliant story well conceived and if you are in the industry in question, you'll probably make associations to real entities that Connelly has interviewed or researched for this novel. McEvoy is again excellent and his friend Rachel is her usual somewhat bipolar FBI self. The villain in question is a nasty piece of work and the reader may find him or herself both hating the character and admiring his skill in manipulating his environment.

Connelly effectively raises again the question of who watches the watchers in a new vein to excellent results.
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I'm a fan of Connelly's previous books, especially the Bosch novels, but was a little wary of picking up with a character after so long but Jack McEvoy slides right back into the narrator's chair and, after a slightly slow start, the story flows easily into another thoroughly enjoyable page-turner.

If you've read one of Connelly's books before you'll know exactly what to expect, well-drawn and motivated characters with an interesting story that once up and running doesn't stop until the clash of the finale. Highly recommended.

I picked up The Scarecrow at a Chapters in Toronto, they must have accidentally put the book out for sale early because the next day they were all gone.
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