The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

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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 Poet made 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.

Bonus materials include an in-depth interview with the author about writing "The Scarecrow" along with his exciting travel photos-plus a link to an online promotional video and links within the text to a fictitious website based on the novel and a teaser chapter from his next book, "Nine Dragons."


About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
Published May 11, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 559 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Her name is Angela Cook, and she is what Jack calls a mojo, “a mobile journalist nimbly able to file from the field by any electronic means.” As Jack says mournfully about her approach: “It was about filing stories on your phone instead of using it to call rewrite.

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Book Reporter

Sitting where he is, doing what he does, Carver is aware that McEvoy is looking for him even before McEvoy knows himself, and, more importantly, before McEvoy truly realizes what terrible danger he is in.

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Connelly writes with such passion and insight about the inefficiencies of American institutions like law enforcement, the courts, and journalism that a Connelly library consisting only of the first hundred pages or so of each of his novels would rival The Wire in its sociological depth and comple...

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Entertainment Weekly

I can fully visualize The Scarecrow's expertly choreographed action sequences — particularly a confrontation in a hotel stairwell and the climax in that bunkerlike data storage center — but I couldn't tell you much about the physical appearance of FBI agent Rachel Walling, a Connelly regular who...

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The Washington Post

One of the most genuinely "I-forgot-to-breathe" scenes in this novel occurs when Jack, during a car trip into the Nevada desert, is electronically hunted and cut off from the outside world by the killer, who's adept at breaching computer passwords and canceling phone accounts and credit cards.

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Tampa Bay Times

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Tampa Bay Times

Connelly masterfully whips the reader back and forth between McEvoy's point of view and the killer's, accelerating the pace as the full threat to McEvoy and Rachel becomes clearer.

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Carver is adept with his computer and gets Jack's credit card numbers then calls the companies and says he's Jack, the cards have been stolen.

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Blogger News Network

Contacted by a family member of Alonzo Wilson, who claims he didn’t do the murder he was arrested for, Jack decides to write about the case.

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Large Print Reviews

Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, is generally acknowledged as one of America’s top mystery writer, but this book, with characters from his prior best seller The Poet, lags.

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Walling appeared in the books "Echo Park," "The Narrows" and "The Overlook" and was in a relationship with Harry Bosch, the LAPD detective who is the nominal patriarch Connelly's fictional world.

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Serial-killer thrillers are by nature formulaic: Cop/FBI agent/psychologist/reporter tracks a ruthless killer, hoping to stop him before he kills again.

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The Mystery Site

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver) The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series.

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