The Scarecrow

Posted May 12, 2009 by Elizabeth in book reviews/ 49 Comments

The ScarecrowThe Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Series: Jack McEvoy #2
Genres: Thriller
Source: Publisher
May 26th 2009 | Pages: 419
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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, writing 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. 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.

I received The Scarecrow  from Little, Brown in exchange for an honest review.. This does not influence my opinions or the content of my review. This review contains affiliate links and is in compliance with FTC guidelines.periwinkle-swirlI “discovered” Michael Connolly about two years ago. Not really, he’s been writing for more than fifteen years, but I stumbled across one of his books, Chasing the Dime and was immediately hooked. Not only did I enjoy the story in general, but Connolly’s style is right up my alley, and I’ve found this to be true with all of his books I’ve read since. The narratives are plot driven without a lot of unnecessary scenic descriptions, foul language, or detailed sexual encounters. A former journalist, Mr. Connolly writes thrillers and has created several recurring characters, FBI Agent Rachel Walling, reporter Jack McEvoy, former cop Harry Bosch, and lawyer Mickey Haller who once in a while meet each other during the course of an investigation.

I have been reviewing books for Hachette for six months now, but was more excited to read The Scarecrow than anything they have sent me yet. Because he is an author of whom I am a big fan, I felt like I was super-special to get to read his latest before it was available in stores or at the library.

reading-phoneThe Scarecrow did not disappoint in any way. It is the tightly written story of reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Special Agent Rachel Walling searching for a new serial killer, who they call the UnSub for Unknown Subject. For Jack, finishing out his last two weeks at the Los Angeles Times before being downsized, it could be the second amazing story of his career. What better way to go out than on a high note? When he calls his former lover, Rachel, whom he hasn’t seen in ten years looking for information, her sixth sense tells her that something is amiss and she jumps into his investigation with both feet. Meanwhile, the reader knows who the UnSub is. The Scarecrow has gotten his moniker by being able to scare off any hackers or explorers who visit the Farm of data storage computers he oversees. Jack and Rachel’s investigation takes them from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and on to Arizona.

Besides being an exciting thriller, The Scarecrow tackles two current issues we hear about daily, privacy of our data, and the economic crisis. Jack is being downsized with 99 other Times employees as more people are turning to the Internet and television for their news. The Scarecrow uses his computer skills to find his victims and to disrupt the investigation, trying to cut off Jack’s resources and setting up others for his crimes. Technology will feature in more crimes in the future and I admire the way Mr. Connelly is keeping up with the trends.


49 responses to “The Scarecrow

  1. my husband and i are fans of michael connolly books. i would love to win! thanks for the opportunity!
    be sure to stop by my blog to enter to win the ziggy marley family time and ipod shuffle giveaway!!

  2. Hi, dropping in from SITS! This sounds like an interesting book so I’ll check it out (if I don’t win a copy)! I actually started my book club up again on my blog so I clearly have a thing for books too 🙂

  3. Hi there – found you via SITS. I would love Scarecrow! By the way, I actually met Michael Connelly way back in the day, when he only had two books out. I was dating a guy (lawyer) who had a client who was a secret service agent and we got passes to be present when Air Force One landed (at 3 a.m.) at LAX. Well, this up-and-coming noir author Michael Connelly was there too because apparently Bill Clinton (whose plane we were there to meet) had discovered him and was a fan. We had a great conversation from about 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. then Michael Connelly got to go to a special line to talk to Bill Clinton and give her a signed book. I was in the “how ya doin?” quickie handshake line.

    Anyway….great blog and thanks for the giveaway.

  4. The Scarecrow sounds really, really good! I am always looking for good suspense books. What a great giveaway and thank you for making it so easy! That’s how giveaways should be 🙂
    I have two really easy giveaways going on at my blog, leave me any comment on either one/both and your in. It’s for Post-Its and Kiss My Face.

  5. Hi Elizabeth,

    I haven’t read the Poet yet so I would like to have an entry for this giveaway please.

    I enjoy reading Michael Connelly’s work too, although I’m not reading his books in order. The next one I’ll be reading is Echo Park.

    Thank you, and happy readings! =)

  6. Hello, I’m still making my BLue Monday and Pink Saturday visits. Thank you so much for stopping. Your shells are so pretty, and I love that card on your Pink Sat. post.
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  7. Hi Elizabeth
    The Scarecrow sounds wonderful to me.
    Count me in.I just love to visit your blog there is always something new to learn or see.
    You say you don’t think outside the box but sweetie trust me you do in your own way.fabulous giveaway.
    Thank you for sharing this fantastic author.
    Happy Reading.

  8. I would really love to read The Scarecrow! I’ve heard so many good things about his books and would love to start with this one.
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  9. I love Connelly’s books. Reading The Lincoln Lawyer at the moment. Love the Poet too. I’m looking forward to The Scarecrow. Hey, maybe I can win one.


  10. Jen

    Hi Elizabeth! I’m a fan of Michael Connelly’s too! What a talented writer, and since I’m a crime fiction junkie, his books fit right in my library. I’ve read THE POET already but would be thrilled if you entered me in the drawing for THE SCARECROW. Thanks a bunch!

  11. I would love to receive the Scarecrow. I have been hooked since I read my first book written by him. It would be nice to add it to my home library. Thanks for the possibility!!

  12. I like Michael Connelly to. I think he’s a great author. I’ve read several of his books, but neither one of these so I’m open winning either. Thanks for having a great giveaway.

  13. An author unexplored. I’ve certainly heard of and seen his books but haven’t read either.

    What a nicely written review of The Scarecrow, thank you. You’ve pretty much sold me on that book but since I’ve not read either, I’d take either!

    I typically shy away from mysteries but as you say, these don’t sound so graphic. I could even read it at night!

  14. The Scarecrow sounds like something I’d like to read, especially since it deals with computers and such. I’d love to win it. Thanks for the review, and for the giveaway!


  15. I would love to win THE SCARECROW…I have seen it around and would love to win it so I could read it at my own speed and not have to race through it to review or post…but it sounds like one you can’t put down. Thank you for the giveaway!

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