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The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy #2)

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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-ca...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by Little, Brown & Company (first published 2009)
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David
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
Bonnie
2 ½ 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 rep...more
Chris
Jun 09, 2009 Chris rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Michael
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...more
Mike
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
Nicky
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...more
Albert Riehle
Meh.

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 Mike...you 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...more
Lisa
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...more
Georg
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...more
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Entertaining and engaging crime solving mystery thriller (serial killer). Likeable lead characters.

REVIEWER’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 the way J...more
Jenn
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
David
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
Kellie
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...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...more
Steve
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, that entire universe is daunting and, at times, disconcerting.
The Scarecrow doesn't help my trepidation at all.
in fact, it just underlines my concern about on line banking, bill paying, etc.
really liked the here Jack.
it seems i prefer Connelly's more recent novels.

Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime...more
LJ
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...more
Amy
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 one...it 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
Terri
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...more
Marty
I really liked this book, however, once the bodies start to pile up, I begin to lose that true to life feeling. I love true crime, but a good mystery is good now and then, but when people are being killed left and right just because they can be, it does not add to the story.
Then of course there was the obigatory shoot em up at the end. To me this is AKA the big car scene. The story moves along and I had interest from the begining, and it was while looking up the book to post on goodreads, I saw...more
David
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...more
Bob
Three and a half stars really. About two thirds of the way in, Connelly practically tips off the whole ending so when it happens, it becomes predictable rather than exciting. It's possible, though, that I just read too many crimers not to have missed this and others might not see it coming. The newspaper room scenes and the first half of the book are outstanding, far better than the balance, which I thought much weaker.
Susan
The Scarecrow was the book chosen for my book club this month, and I found it to be a compelling read. The Scarecrow is the second book that I have read by this author, and it is the second book by this author chosen by my book club to read. I found myself caught up in this book immediately because of how much I enjoyed the Jack McEvoy character. The book begins with Jack being given the pink slip at his job and the task of training his own replacement. As if his day couldn't get any worse, a wo...more
Dana
I've read 18 other books by Michael Connelly and I usually give them 4 or even 5 stars. But, this one I gave only 3 stars. Basically, it was still an amazing story... but it was incredibly creepy and I almost put it down multiple times. It was just pretty disturbing.

This book is the second one where Jack McEvoy, a reporter for the L. A. Times, is the lead character. Jack is the 99th person to be laid off as the newspaper is cutting back to save money. But, he's given two weeks to train his lowe...more
Michael Redd
I am becoming a big fan of Michael Connelly. This is a riveting tale to the very end....
Sibyl
Best of the best. That's from the Philadelphia Inquirer. That is also from me. Michael Connelly is the only mystery writer whose web site I have subscribed to. Normally, I wait until I can get his latest book from my public library. But in the case of "The Scarecrow," the reviews have been outstanding citing it as one of his best. I ordered it, own it, and will not pass it on. After reading "Blood Work" I was hooked on Connelley's books, actually thought it the best thriller I had read, ever. (A...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Michael Connelly doesn't disappoint in this 2009 Jack McEvoy thriller. McEvoy is RIF #100 in the LA Times' latest cutback, the paper responding to the economic downturn and loss of print revenue. He's angry, sure, but it's not entirely unexpected as he's not been putting out the big prize winners that he's had in the past - McEvoy uncovered The Poet, a serial killer years ago and made some money on the deal. But that was then, and now is now - a reporter's only as good as their latest headline.

W...more
Gyula
I like the books of Michael Connelly, and I was not disappointed about this one. Actually I enjoyed it pretty much.
Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling were like friends I haven't seen in a while. They are main characters from other books of Connelly I have read, and it was nice to meet them again.
The plot started a little bit slow at the beginning, but every detail was constructed carefully to build the story. Then the pieces of puzzle started to fall in place and I enjoyed the story unfolding.
Time a...more
Rob Kitchin
Connelly is a crime writing heavyweight and thankfully, unlike some mega-sales writers, his books are generally consistently well written, plotted and entertaining. His writing is deceptively easy on the eye, honed through years of working as a crime journalist, and he draws extensively on his knowledge of the newspaper business, law enforcement and the legal system to provide, for the most part, a confident degree of realism. His dialogue is credible and his characters are well drawn. Where The...more
Dorie
Jack McEvoy, the investigative newspaper reporter that brought down ‘The Poet’, is back as the main protagonist in “The Scarecrow”. With the internet making print news obsolete, the book opens with Jack being given two weeks’ notice. After years of service as the crime beat reporter, he’s being laid off. He’s agreed to train his replacement on the crime beat, a girl named Angela who the paper is able to pay much less than Jack. Jack is sad but not bitter, and decides to go out with a blaze of gl...more
Ellen
A Rave Read, November 30, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Scarecrow (Hardcover)
Jack McEvoy is your true to life everyday reporter. Jack finds himself the victim of a lay off in the newsroom. While trying to makle his mark on the grand finale of murder cases politics in the workroom rears its ugly head. Jack not only is asked to show his replacement the ropes in the reporting business...his replacement as well as his boss take his hardwork and use it as their own. It'...more
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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...more
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