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The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  24,932 Ratings  ·  1,639 Reviews
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-ca
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Published May 26th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jan 12, 2012 Arah-Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
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 writ
Aug 31, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
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
May 24, 2009 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GoGo Gonzmart
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
Sep 05, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
2 stars
This 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-paid crime repo
May 28, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2009
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
Jul 09, 2009 Nicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 Dagny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely riveting! I only started this book yesterday and couldn't put it down.
Winter Sophia Rose
Captivating, Believable & Engrossing! A Brilliant Read! I Loved It!
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 be dow ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense

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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
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It's a 2.5 star affair for me. I loved the first book in this series, this one just seemed a bit...redundant. 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 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 hacke
Apr 14, 2010 Georg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, crime
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 his uptightness
Sep 22, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 years........

Sept 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
Skye Skye
Jun 30, 2014 Skye Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Glenda L
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.
Cathy DuPont
Aug 10, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beats the hell out of Reacher.
I think I may be disappointed because this is the end of this series.

Loving Michael Connelly and all of his perfectly drawn characters. His storylines are the best and I always get so engrossed in the story I can't wait to pick up the book to continue where I left off 1/2 hour ago.
Sindhura Motaparthi
Such a beautiful narration. Page turner. I kind off guessed the plot, but was not able to put the book down!
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Entertaining and engaging crime solving mystery thriller (serial killer). Likeable lead characters.

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 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 the way Jac
First Sentence: Carver paced in the control room, watching over the front forty.

Jack McEvoy, the reporter from “The Poet” is now working for the LA Times. At least for now: he just received his pink slip.

He receives a call from an older black woman claiming the piece he wrote about her son/grandson having killed a woman and leaving her in the trunk of her car was false; her Alonzo is innocent. Following up with the woman and the boy’s attorney, McEvoy begins to believe she’s right, particularly
Jan 21, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost forgot that I finished this book last night and owed a review. The Scarecrow is the second book starring Jack McEvoy, the journalist. To me, Jack is like a super-journalist. He inserts himself in situations that some FBI agents don't want to wander into. He takes excessive daring measures and comes within inches of death. And the he writes. And he doesn't necessarily write column inches, there's novels involved too. I would like to see him settle down with a deserving woman. Like Rachel ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Before reading this I'd never read anything by Michael Connelly. I was pleasantly surprised. While I don't intend to go back and read the first in this series (feels a bit like backtracking considering where this book picks up) I have sent to the library for the first in his other series (Harry Bosch).

As this book opens Jack our hero is being laid off from the newspaper where he's worked for years. Several years before this novel opens (in novel one of Jack McEvoy) Jack has run down a serial kil
Michael Connelly-More and more authors are writing about computer terrorism. Connelly does it in this book, Deaver has written about it in one of his recent books. It’s pretty scary stuff if it can become reality.
This was an interesting book. I LOVE Harry Bosch. His character is very cool but he fights his own internal demons every day. On the outside, Harry comes across as a very tough, unemotional cop. On the inside, he struggles. Jack is different from Harry. I am surprised these characters
The Scarecrow was released on May 26th. I rushed out and bought it on Tuesday, devoured it on Wednesday and am depressed today (Thursday) because I have to wait until October for Connelly's next novel, Nine Dragons.

As usual, Connelly has woven a fast-paced thriller that I didn't want to put down. He always manages to intertwine timely issues with his tales of murder and mystery. Protagonist, Jack McEvoy is facing lay-off in the newspaper industry as the industry is suffering from the effects of
Jun 25, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connelly doesn't disappoint. This time, he isn't trying to tie the characters from his novels all together in some sort of emotionally satisfying manner... instead, he writes a cracker jack mystery, with excellent characters, a brilliant bad guy, and several fumbling bureaucracies (The L.A. Times and the FBI).. The lead character, Jack, is the hero from "the Poet" which was the first Connelly novel I read a long, long time ago (and as far as I am concerned, his best work to date)-- Jack is being ...more
May 31, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this, and it was the first book I've ever read by Michael Connelly, and I'm not even sure I can talk about it, it was THAT amazing! Clearly I'm going to have to go back and read all the other books, because I'm not sure how any other books could be better than this has it all. It's a fast-paced thriller and combines several pieces of great plot elements from Baldacci (FBI behavioral analysis, uber advanced technology/computer elements), and is also extremely intell ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime-thriller
I have waited a long time to read a book by Michael Connelly that felt reminiscent of his masterpiece The Poet and while nothing will ever compare to The Poet, this was the closest yet. That may have something to do with the main characters Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling. The leading characters from The Poet, but I also think it has something to do with the atmosphere Connelly created in this book. It was a similar, on a little lessor scale, to its predecessor.
The Scarecrow in its own right is a
Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Michael Connelly can be a little hit and miss in his books, but this one is a solid bounce back from his original Jack McEvoy attempt over a decade earlier. It is much more exciting and while the story is different, it seems to flow in a much better fashion. I suppose, THIS is the type of story I expected from a reporter first person story. It has thrills and excitement and all that jazz.

The charatcers seem to work much better and the killer that they hunt is also much more mysterious than the o
Dec 02, 2015 Aditya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mini Review

An inferior rehash of The Poet, without its sense of danger and urgency; the writing is bland and the book is derivative. Frankly it feels exactly like a throwaway read that an author has written for a quick paycheck. Nothing about the book is exactly abysmal but neither does any facet stand out which is a a reasonable expectation when you are reading someone as successful and popular as Connelly.

Worst Part - Having every chapter alternate between the the protagonist and the villain b
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache
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