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The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 May 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQD0UQ

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Format: Hardcover
Michael Connelly may be the most consistently brilliant crime writer in the world, and with his latest novel `The Scarecrow' he once again gives fans their money's worth.

Newspaper reporter with the L.A. Times, Jack McEvoy - who first surfaced in an early Connelly masterpiece `The Poet' - finds himself the victim of downsizing at the newspaper's offices. He's given a brief stay of execution: two weeks to train up his beautiful replacement, Angela Cook; to show her the ropes and introduce her to useful contacts. However, a story that provided him with a few column inches the previous week draws him in, and he selfishly decides he may be able to return to it and milk it for his own purposes. Little does he know that this will take him off in pursuit of a particularly intelligent serial killer (or maybe more than one).

`The Scarecrow' of the title is a brilliant computer threat specialist who works in a particularly high tech data storage centre. But I'll let Connelly tell you just how he comes by the nickname.

Once again the case reunites McEvoy with FBI Agent Rachel Walling and once again the book is full of the numerous clever touches that are Connelly's trademark. His functional prose is designed to impel the plot forward and as always, never a word is wasted (compare it to the latest Grisham hardback 'The Associate'!)

Here, Connelly employs two voices - that of Jack McEvoy in the first person, which allows the author to give an insight into the reasoning McEvoy employs as he works the details out - and a direct line into his emotions - and the much shorter passages of third person narration that he uses for additional exposition.
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Michael Connelly once worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times but it's nothing more than speculation on my part to suggest that the central character of this novel (Jack McEvoy) is loosely based on Connelly himself and his personal working experiences in the newspaper industry. I mention this because to be blunt, McEvoy isn't this author's most interesting creation as a character, but that would remind me of Tess Gerritsen who by her own admission based the character of Maura Isles on herself - and the result is rather plain vanilla, unlike the fiery fictional creation of Rizzoli. Sometimes, crime writers have a character in their novels who is based on themselves, and another based on who they would like to be. In Connelly's case, he would like to be Harry Bosch, or perhaps Mickey Haller, but in reality he's a lot like Jack McEvoy.

Anyway, it's the second time McEvoy has fronted a Connelly thriller, the first being The Poet back in 1996, and once again Jack's involved in the hunt for a highly intelligent and organised serial killer. I so nearly gave this one 5 stars but reluctantly trimmed it by one because, good as it is, it doesn't quite have that special feel to it that many of the Harry Bosch tales provide.

It could easily be one of the best thrillers of 2009, though. Connelly's a far more accomplished author these days and I would say that this is actually a better-told story than The Poet, even if The Scarecrow himself isn't as esoteric or as enigmatic as the earlier creation. Instead we are given a well-structured, pacey thriller that might defy credibility on more than one occasion but it entertains at all times and for that we get our money's worth.
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I'm beginning to think Michael Connelly is writing too many books. It seems no time at all since The Brass Verdict and I think the quality is slipping. I've read everything he's written and while I've generally preferred the serials (particularly the earlier Harry Bosch)to the stand-alone novels I thought a return to Jack McEvoy should be worth a look. The Poet was the first of his I read and I've re-read it a number of times since - and thoroughly enjoyed it each time.

Unfortunately I found The Scarecrow quite flat and dull. It was lacking in tension, I didn't really believe in the relationship between Jack and Rachel, and some of the plotting was really creaky.

From someone else this might have been a three star but, knowing how good Michael Connelly can be, this was a disappointment.
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Michael Connelly's continues to expand his fictional universe beyond the confines of Harry Bosch--and that's a good thing. It's not that I don't like Bosch, but it really seems that Connelly's better efforts these days are when Bosch isn't the central focus of the novel.

At the front and center of his latest book, "The Scarecrow" is former Rocky Mountain News reporter, Jack McEvoy. As the book begins, Jack has been downsized from his beat at the Los Angeles Times and given two weeks to train his replacement for the crime beat. Jack is famous for his involvement with the events detailed in "The Poet" (which if you've not read, you should, but it's not necessary to enjoy "The Scarecrow"), but that fame and his salary have put him on the chopping block. After taking a call on a seemingly innocuous crime story, Jack begins to look into things and decides to go out with a story to remember. The story concerns a young man, arrested on suspicion of murder, though the young man swears his innocence. Jack finds some troubling details in the confession as well as a larger pattern to the a potential serial killer.

Jack's investigation sets off the alerts of the Carver, who initiates an all-out attack on Jack through technological means. The Carver wants to cover his tracks and begins to set up Jack for a fall.

"The Scarecrow" alternates perspectives between Jack and the Carver as the two engage in a cat-and-mouse race-against-time. The deadline for Jack's career at the L.A. Times as well as Carver's pursuit help give the narrative the drive it needs and the suspense builds with each passing page. Equally frightening is how easily the Carver is able to use technology to cut off Jack from contact with world--including cutting off e-mail access, draining his bank account and canceling credit cards. It will make you think about identity theft and just how apparent your passwords really are in a whole new light.
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