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The Scarecrow | [Michael Connelly]

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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    D. Asher Kentucky 07-12-09
    D. Asher Kentucky 07-12-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Not his best!"

    I am a big Michael Connelly fan and I could'nt wait to listen to this book. The main character is a newspaper reporter however I did not get that "reporter" feeling. When I listen to any of Mr. Connelly's Harry Bosch books, I feel as if I am an LAPD detective. I dont know if this makes sense or not however, there is just something missing here. I kept hoping someone would call Harry Bosch to solve this! Pretty good listen and I gave it a 3 however I guess I expected more. I urge this author to continue with Harry Bosch!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 06-25-09
    Eric Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 06-25-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Formula Gone Boring"

    I started to read junky thriller mystery books. I liked Connelly because he wrote some fairly realistic lawyer stories set in LA. Scarecrow however read like just a quick effort to churn out another book using the formula character, serial killer, throw in a little computer science. Poor effort. No more Connelly for a long time at least until I forget this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Santa Monica, CA, USA 06-22-09
    Rick Santa Monica, CA, USA 06-22-09
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    ""The Scarecrow (Unabridged)"."

    It's almost a fallback with Mr. Connelly in which you can rely on pure good entertainment with each title. The Scarecrow is easy, fun, not to fat with too much discription. With each ending chapter you want to simply get a chance at getting the 'bad guys'.
    The narrator Mr. Peter Giles is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-22-09
    Cecilia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Not great"

    This was a disappointment, with mediocre, often dull writing and a predictable plot. Lots of unnecessary filler sentences with no enhancement to storyline or characters. i.e., "i knocked at the door." The newspaper angle and reporting was interesting and made the book worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-10-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-10-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Serial Killer Book"

    This book is simply not very good.

    There are a lot of things wrong with it:

    First, the reporter is the only one who can make the links between the victims without any of the tools at the disposal of the FBI. And of course to make the story, the FBI cannot link obvious murder M.O.'s and the reader is supposed to buy all this.

    Second, the serial killer can figure out anyone's password in three attempts or less. He does this of course by doing a little research on victim and then guesses their password. We are to buy this load as well.

    Lastly, I really don't like the narrator at all. He reads like a bad "B-Actor". He has read the last two Connelly novels and I hope he either. i) gets better, or 2) doesn't get to read any more.

    Granted, there are a few bright spots where Connelly shows off his ability to weave a clever story of mystery and intrigue, but it's not enough.

    In general, Connelly is one of my favorties, but in my humble opinion, this one simply falls flat....

    I would rate this one near the bottom of all Connelly novels.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Choossi 09-21-09
    Choossi 09-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling, excellent narration"

    I found this one of M. Connelly's best books that I have read so far. The narration is really excellent, clear and keeps the thrill of the read very well. The plot is great and the suspense really builds towards the end. A really satisying read!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-28-09
    06-28-09
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    "disappointing"

    The story is not up to Michael Connelly's other books. The last chapters building up to the discovery of the scarecrow was particularly poorly done.

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    Richard A Kanoff 06-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed"

    I have read a number of Connolly's books and this one is disappointing. It starts off fine--with action, suspense, likable/interesting characters and an intelligent bad guy--but as the book moves along it bogs down in very distracting implausible plot. The later focus on the two main characters becomes too much like one of those scary movies where you wonder why the main character is all alone at all the wrong times--too much. Narrator is talented (heard him many times) but in this book he just doesn't seem to bring a compelling voice to Jack. If you haven't read Connolly before, don't start with this book (try Lincoln Lawyer)--if you have read him, you will be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 07-03-09
    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 07-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "a large section missing"

    Am I the only one to have had a HUGE amount of missing pages/chapters? I even went to a bookstore to double check! Quite disconcerting to go suddenly in Ch. 8 to "Home Sweet Home" and not know how they got there and how what or how what obviously happened happened. Not Connoley's fault - I was loving the book till then.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, USA 08-23-09
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, USA 08-23-09
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    "Nice plot thats it"

    I like Connelly. He writes good books; not great books though. I enjoy reading alot so I have many writers I follow. Connelly is improving and his books are getting better. Don't get me wrong. I will buy his next book no matter what it is called or about.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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