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The Scarecrow Audiobook

The Scarecrow

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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 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

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    Gordon mobile, AL, United States 08-21-10
    Gordon mobile, AL, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Jack is Back"

    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.

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    Nicholas Parsley 07-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW"

    This had me me from beginning to end. Watch out nerds we are on to you!!! Oh wait I am a nerd. :)

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    Kimberly CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 07-12-10
    Kimberly CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 07-12-10
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    "Great book"

    Once again another great book from Michael Connelly. I always wanted to listen to it to get to the end. Highly recommend.

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    Rosalind Berkeley, CA, United States 05-26-10
    Rosalind Berkeley, CA, United States 05-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Grim and disturbing for my tastes"

    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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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-24-10
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 04-24-10 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting"

    It was good all the stuff about serial killers, and hackers at the begining. I really did not like the ending.

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    Stephen Morro Bay, CA, USA 04-16-10
    Stephen Morro Bay, CA, USA 04-16-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    Reasonably interesting story hampered by awkward dialogue and made painful by poor narration.

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    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
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    "Great read! A "page" turner"

    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.

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    Greg Payson, UT, USA 01-22-10
    Greg Payson, UT, USA 01-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthwhile read, but not up to Connelly's standard"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-16-09
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-16-09 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "Well worth the read."

    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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    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 11-13-09
    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 11-13-09
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    "Never bored"

    My first Michael Connelly. Not my last.

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