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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes
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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 May 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQD0UQ
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good storyline in the usual Michael Connelly way. Twists and turns. References to other names in the Bosch series so you can link in the family of characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helen
Jack McEvoy is a journalist who has been given his notice. He wants to leave with a bang so is soon on the case of catching a murderer, the Scarecrow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
Another exciting stand alone book from Michael Connelly. Reporter Jack McEvoy back on the trail of another serial killer. Great stuffPublished 2 months ago by Linda Sargeant
Another excellent story from this prolific author.
Well plotted and very detailed - a terrace read. Read more
Absolutely gripping if a bit too graphic in places. Brilliant!!Published 3 months ago by Mrs. P. Tetlow
Great book again from a clever author. Provokes lots of thoughts about a modern life where clever people can target crimes and blame others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony
Great pace and excellent content with plenty of variations and surprisesPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer