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The Scarecrow Audiobook

The Scarecrow

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.
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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 08-21-09
    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 08-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Riveting....and a page turner!!! lol!"

    This book was a great listen. I kept wanting to get into the car just to listen to it. The way in which Connelly draws you into the web of secrecy is fantastic. The characters come alive for you. Especially Jack and the evil guy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 08-18-09
    bonnie 08-18-09

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    "So real it's freightening"

    This book is worth reading just for the insight into how dangerous it is to put one's information into the new online social networks! Listening as the "bad guys" found out everything they needed to know about a victim made me stop and assess just what info of mine a good detective could piece together.

    Connelly as always has a good story and good characters, and this book is certainly no different. Now I just have to wait for the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Plude 08-12-09
    G. Plude 08-12-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent all around"

    This was a real "page turner." The Poet is one of my favorites and this return of Jack and Rachel was just as intriguing...Well done..great ending!

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    Frank Annapolis, MD, United States 08-09-09
    Frank Annapolis, MD, United States 08-09-09
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Excellent story . . . good reader. Connelly remains a great story teller. And his insight into current day newsrooms is tack on.

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    David Kullman 08-01-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    I really enjoyed this book. Kept me interested the entire book. Loved the characters!! Great Read!!

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    techchic Grand Rapids, MI USA 07-24-09
    techchic Grand Rapids, MI USA 07-24-09

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    "So scarey! Loved it!"

    This book was so good, I listened to it twice! I love it and highly recommend. Great story and great ending.

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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 07-22-09
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 07-22-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    A terrific audiobook on all levels. Good plot, believable, sympathetic characters, a first-class antagonist, and excellent narration.

    The narrator's style very much reminded me of the "hard bitten reporter" genre, rather noir. Perfect fit for this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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