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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly


Forced out of the Los Angeles Timesamid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto 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 Poetmade 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.

I own a few Michael Connelly books but have yet to read one.  When I received this one from Miriam at Hachette I figured it was high time I give this author a try.  Looks like I’ll be pulling out the other books I own, I think I have a new author to add to my list of favorites!

One of my favorite parts about the book is the fact that you know who the murderer is from the get go, you just have to wait for Jack McEvoy to follow the clues and put all the missing pieces together to lead him to this seasoned criminal who has been outsmarting some of the best minds in the field for years. 

McEvoy is a L.A. Times crime reporter who has lost his job due to some budget cuts the newspaper is forced to make.  McEvoy is offered two weeks “severance” if he agrees to train his replacement.  Instead of telling his boss to kiss his behind, Jack decides to use the two weeks he has left to try and help him build a story that will be the foundation needed to get recongnized and create another best seller.  

McEvoy begins working a story about two murders with the same M.O. – both of the victims bodies are stuffed in the trunk of cars.  While investigating Jack stumbles upon a killer who is smarter than any he’s ever dealt with before.  The Internet is a key factor in this book and the side of the Internet that Connelly portrays will make anyone leary.  It was truly fascinating!

Excellent writing and strong character development make this a must read!

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well as The Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime, andthe #1 New York Times bestseller The Lincoln Lawyer. 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.