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.
©2009 Michael Connelly; (P)2009 Hachette
After a thirteen year absence it is good to see Jack McEvoy back. Like his previous story, Jack finds a link between killings that point to a serial killer that had gone unnoticed before. Plausible and exciting thriller.
Once again another great book from Michael Connelly. I always wanted to listen to it to get to the end. Highly recommend.
I enjoyed "The Lincoln Lawyer," the only other book I've read by this author. I found this book to be grim in tone and quite disturbing (sadistic sexual serial killer). The hero is not very sympathetic--he seems to care much more about getting the story than about human life and death, even of people he knows. Perhaps this is true to life. A little humor or a wry tone would have lightened things up. Part of it may have been the narration, which was a bit flat. It was difficult for me to keep listening to this story, especially as you know who the killer is from the start, so there is not really "suspense" in that sense. But for fans of the more hard-boiled crme thrillers, my concerns might not apply. (I enjoy Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, etc., but not James Patterson.)
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It was good all the stuff about serial killers, and hackers at the begining. I really did not like the ending.
I found myself listening to The Scarecrow every possible minute. It was hard to turn it off. I finished it in less than a week.
First, let me say I'm a big Michael Connelly fan. I've read all of his books, and consider him as the best thriller/mystery writer in the business right now. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed in the The Scarecrow. Maybe it was the dual storyline: decline of the newspaper busines, and serial killers on the loose. At some point, I became more interested in the newspaper side of it than the hunt for the Scarecrow. That's a cardinal sin for a thriller writer.
Also, the author should have consulted some real experts in the hosting business and web technology, as there were several errors on the technical side that were a bit distracting.
However, its still a worthwhile read, and better than most of the genre today.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
this was a good book that was interesting and full of suspense. worth the read/listen. Glad to see Jack McEvoy back in action.
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