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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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Almost Done..

Started with Connelly books on audible over a year ago with Black Echo. This is one of the best (along with Concrete Blond and The Poet). Book was a great listen - really like the characters and the narrator did a good job - like him better as Mickey Haller. Overall very entertaining and definately worth a credit and the time

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  • Diane
  • aurora, co, United States
  • 11-03-10

Very entertaining

I really enjoyed this story. It is very interesting, and well worth the listen. However, the narrator is terrible. His emphasis on the wrong words is frequent and distracting - it sounds very much like "being read to" rather than being immersed in the story.

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Kept my interest, but......

This is just an average action adventure thriller. Nothing new and very predictable, but it kept my attention.

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  • Gordon
  • mobile, AL, United States
  • 08-21-10

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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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

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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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


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

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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.