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The Scarecrow Audiobook

The Scarecrow

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jack 10-15-17
    Jack 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "can't put it down"

    This is a excellent read. one of those books that keep you going when you need to sleep

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-12-17
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good one"

    I liked the first in the series (The Poet), so much, so I was happy that it was followed up by another great read. Jack is down on his luck as a reporter and is going to be layed off when he gets a call about a murder he covered. The caller insists that the suspect is innocent and was tortured into a confession. Jack starts to look into the case himself and red flags start to pop up all over. His investigation starts to upset someone and crazy things start happening to him. This is when he knows he is on the right track. Rachael is also back and her FBI skills come in very handy the closer they get to the truth. Great characters and smart suspenseful story.

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    mee 09-11-17
    mee 09-11-17
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    "Just barely"

    Almost DNF. MCs we're ok, individually struggling with angst if life/work. Thought last 2 chapters were so unlikely, plot and character ability. The performance was very flat at the beginning, which may reflect the character's state of mind. The last 4-5 chapters he gave the "Christian Bale Batman" voice which was awful.

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    John 08-01-17
    John 08-01-17
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    "A step back for Connelly"

    The story was not bad but the narration was lacking. I just not find this book as entertaining as the other MC books I have read.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great story from a master story teller."

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Kept me thinking. Great characters and performance

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    Jerry 07-14-17
    Jerry 07-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "spell bound can't put it down"

    I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop once I started. I loved the suspense.

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    robert 05-01-17
    robert 05-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Continuing on the tradition of the series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Scarecrow the most enjoyable?

    As you listen to the series you begin to feel that you personally know the characters in it.


    What other book might you compare The Scarecrow to and why?

    Sherlock Holmes comes to mind, because in a similar fashion you come to know a detective, and understand the logical processes that lead to his conclusions.


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    Peggy 03-28-17
    Peggy 03-28-17
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    "Awesome "

    What a great book. I'm amazed that Michael Connelly continually writes such great books and keeps you guessing.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-03-17
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling Together Again"

    I have read every novel about Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb, and now Jack McEvoy. Each protagonist is different but they all share the mind of their creator and that is where the stories begin and end. Connelly is superb. He worked for the LA Times before becoming a novelist so the knows the paper and how reporters think and act. Jack has just been given his two weeks notice. The Times is reducing its workforce to cut money and while Jack in one of their best reporters, he is also one of their costliest. He is not pleased. On the day he is notified of his departure, he received a call from an irate woman complaining about an article Jack had written about her grandson or maybe son. His article taken from the police records, indicates that the 16 year old boy is guilty of murdering a white woman in the projects and leaving her body in the trunk of her car. The grandmother/mother says he didn't do it. She says Jack's article is a lie and asks him 'whatcha' gonna' do about it?' Jack is intrigued and being an investigative reporter, he goes to the attorney defending the boy and finds that the facts aren''t exactly as clear cut as the police made it sound. He is also introduced to his replacement on the crime beat, Angela Cook, a young thing with no experience who he is supposed to mentor to take his place. He realizes it is not her fault so he attempts to teach her. He takes her over to Cop Central and introduces her around. He also includes her in his investigation into the 16 year old's arrest. While investigating the body in the trunk, they discover there is another murder with the body left in the trunk, where the ex-husband was arrested (body was his wife and found in the trunk of his car in his garage) and now serving time in a prison in Nevada. Obviously, the killer is not the husband or the 16 year old kid. Who is the killer? Jack calls his former lover, Rachel Walling, and asks her to help him but she says she can't. The plot continues to spin with attempted murders of Jack. The FBI gets involved and Jack and Rachel team up again on the case and in real life. Connelly has the skill to pull off such a twisted and macabre story, keeping the reader in suspense right up to the last half hour. I am in awe of his writing skill. Bosch is my favorite. His new series due out in May has a female lead. He needs to start with a younger lead since Harry has retired and can't continue to hunt the bad guys from a contract job. I have faith that Connelly won't let us down. The narrator, Peter Giles, was excellent. He had the voices down so you knew who was speaking. A good narrator is essential if a book is to be enjoyed. I didn't care for the music at end of chapters but it wasn't too disruptive.

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    Steve Winnett 03-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Spellbinder from Mr. Connolly"

    A twisted genius villain straight out of the dark side of the Wizard of Oz and Batman comics. What can I say, I couldn't stop listening.

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