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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166300
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Storey on May 17 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 23 2009
Format: Hardcover
"If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die." -- Exodus 21:14

Let's face it, kinky serial killers make for good reading. Although the Scarecrow isn't the most interesting serial killer you've ever read about, you'll probably find him to be very entertaining in a high-tech way. That's the good news.

The bad news is that this book is about Jack McEvoy in his last days after being fired from the Los Angeles Times . . . rather than about that fascinating detective, Harry Bosch. If this book had been all about Bosch versus the Scarecrow, it would have been some story.

It did seem very contemporary to focus much of the story on how a top reporter would react to losing his job . . . while having few prospects for what to do next. As newspapers die around us, the days when such books will be written are clearly numbered.

Given that McEvoy is the sleuth in the story, I think the plot would have worked a lot better if the book had revealed less about the Scarecrow until just near the end. Instead, the book's structure alternates narrators so you learn a lot about the Scarecrow from the very beginning. To me, that stole a lot of the potential suspense and danger from the tale.

Naturally, a lot of readers are familiar with McEvoy's role in The Poet. I thought that book worked somewhat better than this one. But if you liked The Poet, you'll probably enjoy The Scarecrow, as well.
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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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For anybody who works or who knows the mass-media industry and love Michael Connelly, this is a great novel.
We have seen Jack McEvoy before in THE POET, considered by many like the masterpiece of the author.
This one is almost as good, and describes quite clearly the world we live in.
The only critic is about Rachel Walling character, who's behaving strangely in this novel.
But this will not affect the pleasure you will get.
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