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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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    Amazon Customer 07-17-09
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    "an entertaining game of ping pong"

    You ping and pong between the reporter and his FBI girl friend, at one end, and the scare crow, a particularly nasty serial killer. The killer is a computer wizard who can snoop on and reach out to hurt people using the internet in a rather disturbingly realistic way.

    It is typical Connelly, and if you like Connelly, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-09
    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2013
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    "The Sacar Crow"

    Not a dissapointment........true to his works............really enjoyed every minute....and I am hard to please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eli J Turkienicz Markham, Ontario, CA 07-14-09
    Eli J Turkienicz Markham, Ontario, CA 07-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "not bad...but not his best"

    I just finished listening to the Scarecrow and enjoyed it for the story and the atmosphere but found the characters and the dialog a little stilted. "Lincoln Lawyer" was much superior and presented a main character who was much more interesting to spend my time with. I found the character of Jack Mcavoy too heavy and his relationship with Rachel contrived and unrealistic.

    The story itself made up for most of the faults though as it was very interesting and suspenseful.

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    rick whitehurst 07-14-09
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    "Out satanding"

    One of those books you end up staying awake to 2:am to finish and are wore out the next day from both no sleep and the book.

    Also good to listen to familiar voices and characters. I really enjoy Connelly

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    Russell Syracuse, NY, USA 07-13-09
    Russell Syracuse, NY, USA 07-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding Audiobook!"

    Another outstanding book by Michael Connelly, I have listened to all of his books starting with "The Black Echo". I would recommend any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Asher Kentucky 07-12-09
    D. Asher Kentucky 07-12-09 Member Since 2015

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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 2015
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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.

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    Rick Santa Monica, CA, USA 06-22-09
    Rick Santa Monica, CA, USA 06-22-09 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Cecilia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-22-09
    Cecilia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-22-09 Member Since 2013
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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 2014

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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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