Michael Connelly
The Scarecrow
July 05, 2019 Comments.. 207
The Scarecrow For Jack McEvoy the killer named The Poet was the last word in evil Think again Jack Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter Forced to take a buy out from the Los Angeles Times as

  • Title: The Scarecrow
  • Author: Michael Connelly
  • ISBN: 9780316166300
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For Jack McEvoy, the killer named The Poet was the last word in evil Think again, Jack.Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter Forced to take a buy out from the Los Angeles Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling revenues, he s got only a few days left on the job His last assignment Training his replacement, a low cost reporter just out of jourFor Jack McEvoy, the killer named The Poet was the last word in evil Think again, Jack.Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter Forced to take a buy out from the Los Angeles Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling revenues, he s got only a few days left on the job His last assignment Training his replacement, a low cost reporter just out of journalism school But Jack has other plans for his exit He is going to go out with a bang a final story that will win the newspaper journalism s highest honor a Pulitzer prize.Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16 year old drug dealer from the projects who has confessed to police that he brutally raped and strangled one of his crack clients Jack convinces Alonzo s mother to cooperate with his investigation into the possibility of her son s innocence But she has fallen for the oldest reporter s trick in the book Jack s real intention is to use his access to report and write a story that explains how societal dysfunction and neglect created a 16 year old killer.But as Jack delves into the story he soon realizes that Alonzo s so called confession is bogus, and Jack is soon off and running on the biggest story he s had since The Poet crossed his path years before He reunites with FBI Agent Rachel Walling to go after a killer who has worked completely below police and FBI radar and with perfect knowledge of any move against him.What Jack doesn t know is that his investigation has inadvertently set off a digital tripwire The killer knows Jack is coming and he s ready.

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    1. Arah-Lynda says:

      This marks the fourth Michael Connelly book that I have read. I was drawn to this particular choice because of the main protagonist, a reporter, Jack McEvoy who I first met in Connelly’s, The Poet.In the Scarecrow Jack is still a reporter, writing for the LA Times, but one who has just been served a pink slip. Adding insult to injury Jack is given two weeks notice providing he agrees to train his successor, Angela. Jack sucks up his pride and decides that during the time he has left he will wr [...]

    2. David says:

      I've said it before, I will say it again: it's tough to be Michael Connelly. His writing is so consistently excellent -- I'm on track to have read all of his existing novels in about 11 months -- that when he writes a book that is simply good and not spectacular, it is tempting to see it as a letdown. If you have never read a Connelly book before, and pick up this one, you will be pleased. But faithful readers will recongize that this is an average effort for Michael Connelly -- not his best wor [...]

    3. ✨Susan✨ says:

      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 [...]

    4. Lisa says:

      Michael Connelly has done it again with The scarecrow a brilliant book that takes the reader on a ride of their life a well written book & the 2nd in the Jack Mcevoy series.Jack Mcevoy is a reporter who is virtually thrown to the scrap heap due to budget cuts angry & defiant he wants to go out with a bangusing his final days at the paper to write a finalmurder story of his career.Alonzo Winslow a 16 year old drug dealer in jail after confessing to raping & strangling one of his crack [...]

    5. Chris says:

      If this book only had a brain.Ok, check this absurd shit out. Below is a quote from the second page of the book -- all you need to know for context is that Carver is the head of computer security at some company that protects its clients from hackers:All the while he spoke, Carver was thinking about the intruder they had been chasing. Out there somewhere, not expecting the comeuppance that was speeding toward him. Carver and his young disciples would loot his personal bank accounts, take his ide [...]

    6. Jim says:

      Another fantastic book in the Harry Bosch universe, although this one stars Jack McEvoy & Rachel Walling. There's not much mystery, it's more about when & how they'll catch The Scarecrow rather than who he is or what he's done. We learn that from The Scarecrow's point of view, but that doesn't hurt a thing. It was beautifully paced; a wild chase with a nail biting climax. I had bring my MP3 player into work to finish it up this morning - I couldn't wait for the ride home. Great ending th [...]

    7. Amanda McGill says:

      Meh, not Connelly's best. This is the second book in the Jack McEvoy series, which has nothing to do with the Bosch series. I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Poet, but didn't enjoy The Scarecrow as much. Since the readers know who the Scarecrow is, it takes a lot of the mystery out of the novel. I liked Jack as a character, but he doesn't compare to Connelly's other leads, Bosch and Haller. For Connelly fans I would suggest picking up the Poet, but skip the Scarecrow.

    8. Bonnie says:

      2 ½ starsThis is a very popular book at the library; I waited months to get it. Michael Connelly has many fans, doubtless because of his acclaimed Harry Bosch character. I know I’ve read Connelly before, because I remember Bosch – though it’s been so long that I can’t remember details. I used to read books in this genre by many authors – for escapism. But Harry Bosch does not figure in this book; The Scarecrow is the second of two books featuring Jack McEvoy. McEvoy is the highest-pai [...]

    9. Jeanne says:

      I am working my through the "Harry Bosch Universe" and this second book featuring Jack McEvoy turned out to be one of my favorites. H0pe to see Jack return one day.

    10. Michael says:

      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 [...]

    11. Nicky says:

      Every few years I go through a thriller phase - I can't get enough of the pulpy stuff that authors like Grisham and Dan Brown churn out. The matchmaking feature on my Kindle thought I might enjoy The Scarecrow (still not sure why), so I took the bait, and now I'm prepping myself for a summer full of legal and newspaper-centric thrillers. I guess I like these sort of books because they don't require anything from me - they're entertaining and procedural, they provide a glimpse into life as an inv [...]

    12. Carol says:

      To me, three great Michael Connelly books to read in a row are 1) The Poet, 2) The Narrows and 3) The Scarecrow. They fit well together. The first two feature The Poet, journalist Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling. Jack and Rachel continue in The Scarecrow. I have read and re-read each book and think they are among the best that Michael Connelly has ever written.

    13. Dagny says:

      Absolutely riveting! I only started this book yesterday and couldn't put it down.

    14. Donna says:

      This is the 25th book by Michael Connelly that I've read. He is my second most-read male author. I loved his Harry Bosch series. He is consistent and solid in his writing. This book is the second book in the Jack McEvoy series (I haven't read the first one yet.) I enjoyed this one, like I do most of his books. I like the characters Jack and Rachel. I also liked that Jack worked for the newspaper and tried to navigate within that dying industry. Michael Connelly writes a great story. They are ful [...]

    15. Pam says:

      AUTHOR Connelly, MichaelTITLE: The ScarecrowDATE READ 01/09/2018RATING 4/BGENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF PAGES Crime Fiction/2009/Hachette Audio/10discsSERIES/STAND-ALONE: #2 Jack McEvoyCHARACTERS Jack McEvoy/LA Times crime reporterTIME/PLACE: 2009/LA COMMENTS: This is a follow-up to the poet. Jack McEvoy is now working in LA but is termed due to budget cuts. There is one last story he wants to see through not in hopes of retaining his job but to make a difference. He feels he may have gotten [...]

    16. Anastasia says:

      The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly is the second Jack McEvoy book. Investigative reporter Jack McEvoy has been given his pink slip from the L.A. Times and is given 2 weeks notice and decides to go out with a major prize-winning story. He focuses on a 16 year old drug dealer Alonzo Winslow who has been arrested for a brutal murder, but soon finds there is more to the story and the boy is innocent. Another fast paced book with plenty of twists and turns that you just cannot put down. Jack teams up [...]

    17. Mike says:

      I had to slap my hand several times to keep from skipping to the end of The Scarecrow to see if my favorite characters would survive in this solid 4 Star thriller. Connelly steadily builds tension as our intrepid investigators draw ever closer to the bad guys. I think it is one of Connelly’s better novels in recent years. Maybe getting away from Harry Bosch and going back to his “Poet” characters allowed him to stretch his writing muscles a bit. Jack McEvoy, LA Times reporter, is about to [...]

    18. Georg says:

      After „The Poet“ and „The Brass verdict“ this is a huge disappointment. After a short exposition you can easily guess how this thriller will end. McEvoy is a weak and flat character, and his girl-friend, Rachel, is still worse. An autistic and arrogant bitch who, only one day after McEvoy has saved her life, is irritated when he calls her. “This’d better be good,” is all she says. Both have one thing in common: total lack of humor. What I've always noticed in Connelly’s novels is [...]

    19. Winter Sophia Rose says:

      Captivating, Believable & Engrossing! A Brilliant Read! I Loved It!

    20. Connie says:

      This is definitely a good book with lots of suspense and action. I like Jack McEvoy and I really like Rachel even though she seems to get around a bit between law enforcement and other professions. I hope that there are more books staring Jack McEvoy, but as yet I don't see anything. I see Jack as an extension of the author. I believe that Mr. Connelly was exactly like Jack when he was an actual reporter. Even though you know who the killer is, this does not distract from the process of getting [...]

    21. J.A. Kahn says:

      This is a really gripping tale. The Scarecrow is a truly nasty, menacing, & twisted adversary who is always one step ahead of Jack. The end paragraph is as chilling as the rest of the story.

    22. Jane Stewart says:

      4 ½ stars. Entertaining and engaging crime solving mystery thriller (serial killer). Likeable lead charactersVIEWER’S OPINION:What a talented writer. I was engaged and enjoyed this all the way through – except for one minor thing close to the end which is why I gave it 4 ½ stars instead of 5 stars. It’s a logic issue. Everyone believes the serial killer is A. Then Jack sees something and concludes the killer is B. To me what Jack saw could implicate B, C, or others. I wasn’t sold on th [...]

    23. Carly says:

      ~3.5Book Reaction (not a full review)As always, Connelly can spin a story. My attention was captured from beginning to end. Connelly brings all of his personal experiences to bear in The Scarecrow, which opens with a bitter portrait of modern reporting. Jack McEvoy has just been canned, a victim of the downsizing endemic in the newspaper game. More humiliating still, he is forced to train his replacement, a gorgeous, unscrupulous, technologically-savvy neophyte. But when he sees an opening to go [...]

    24. Albert Riehle says:

      Meh.It's a 2.5 star affair for me. I loved the first book in this series, this one just seemed a bitdundant. And Connelly obviously wanted to say something about the decline of the newspaper as primary news source in America. He said it. Over and over again. We get it Mikeyou miss the good old days.There was an interesting-ish start to the story-line. When reporter Jack Mac gets on the trail of the killer, he finds his credit cards decline, his phone doesn't work, his life has been hacked and yo [...]

    25. William says:

      Slow start, rambling and disjointed, not up to Connelly's best standards.However, once Rachel Walling enters the picture, the pace picks up to wonderful speeds. The FBI are generally not treated as idiots in this book (finally), and Rachel is presented as a driven and competent personna.Unlike in The Poet and The Narrows, this time I bought her relationship to McEvoy as "the single bullet" theory of love, even if McEvoy is someone less than worthy of her. (As you see most of the time in Real Lif [...]

    26. Steve says:

      Sept 2016 also book on tape. A 5 year break was not long enough to repeat this story. I gave it ***** 5 stars, a rarity to me. This time around, it was more like a 3 star story for me. I just brought it back to 4 stars ONLY to not think it is a story Iwoldbe happy to re-read soon.Maybe in ten yearsSept 2011 book on tape one of the BEST stories i've read/listened to in a very long time. i rarely give 5 stars. (I rarely give 2 stars, too.) terrific story line. as an over the hill internet user, th [...]

    27. Skye Skye says:

      Once again, Michael Connelly does not disappoint: a fast paced sequel to The Poet, the novel deftly pulls the reader in and keeps up the fast paced suspense. Jack McEvoy is the protagonist in this excellent thriller of journalism, cyber stalking and two serial killers. FBI agent, Rachel, is also featured in this tale of dark terror. This novel would earn five stars, but I dropped it down to four and a half stars--- the reader is left somewhat hanging ( does this mean yet another sequel)? It also [...]

    28. David says:

      I am so tired of serial-killer crime fiction and I thought it was something used by inexperience writers to fill the pages because they didn't know how to write detail and keep a story moving with interesting characterizations and secondary plot lines. Now one of the masters of crime fiction goes back to the serial killer. For that I'm somewhat disappointed.That being said, nobody lays out the details of a story like Connelly. In THE SCARECROW, he succeeds in spite of the tired plot idea and kep [...]

    29. David Highton says:

      Excellent book, only the second in the Jack McEvoy series after a long gap since the Poet, which I read years ago. Moves with a good pace and with a crescendo at the end. FBI agent Rachel Walling, who has popped up in a number of Harry Bosch books, notably Echo Park, emerges again as a main character in this book.

    30. Glenda L says:

      I like Michael Connelly, but I have to say that this was not one of my favorites having said that, I read the whole thing and there were sections that I couldn't put down. I think the technical stuff was a little over my head in places. Connelly is still one of the best mystery writers there is.

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