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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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The Scarecrow Reviews

  • Arah-Lynda
    2018-11-24 19:22

    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 write a killer story designed to make the executive at the newspaper rethink their decision to lay him off. In the process of investigating the arrest and incarceration of a young, drug dealer who confessed to the brutal murder of a young, Los Angeles woman found strangled in the trunk of her car, Jack begins to realize that all is not as it seems. As he digs deeper Jack finds a new connection to another brutal murder, this time in Las Vegas.And he is off and running on the tail of another serial killer and chasing a huge lead the likes of which he has not had since his encounter with The Poet. What Jack does not realize is that in the process he has tripped some digital traps, traps designed to let the killer know who he is and what he is up to. Unlike most thrillers Connelly exposes the killer to his readers right up front and allows the perpetrator to narrate the story from his own perspective, while Jack, who has by then teamed up with FBI agent Rachel Walling, is hot on his trail.Don’t get me wrong I love a good thriller and was blown away by The Poet, but while The Scarecrow certainly contained all of the requisite elements and was quite successful in keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout most of this story, in the end I found it to be quite anticlimactic. I wanted to know more about the scarecrow himself, what motivated him, what fuelled his insatiable need to commit such heinous acts. Instead I felt a little cheated and found myself wondering (and I do hope I am wrong) if this was not intentional on Connelly’s part.

  • David
    2018-12-04 19:32

    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 work.Jack McEvoy is back, the first book about him since "The Poet". He has just been laid off by his paper and is assigned to train his replacement. Some of the most enjoyable passages in the novel have to do with Connelly's descriptions of the newsroom. They are both nostalgic (Connelly got his start as a journalist) and cutting. He shows us both the good and the bad. McEvoy is looking to score two weeks pay and do a good story as he walks out the door forever.From there, a plot unfolds around an initial murder. By the way, this murder is depicted from FBI Agent Rachael Walling's point of view in the short film "Conflict of Interest" on YouTube. One murder eventually leads to something that is a lot more serious. McEvoy is taken into the world of hacking, trolling and cyber-crime, eventually teaming up with his old flame, Walling. Unfortunately, while easy to read and entertaining, the book has a by-the-numbers feel to it. It seems as though Connelly brought back McEvoy and Walling, brought in computer crime, then did some research on sexual fetishes and brought in a serial killer angle. All these parts of the book are interesting, but they don't quite fit together. The bad guys in this book, from the gang bangers to the killers, seem a bit stale. One reason Connelly is so great to read is the reality of his characters, and here, they don't seem too real.In addition, there is a logistical issue with getting McEvoy as a journalist into all of these criminal investigations. Connelly has to resort to the same device from "The Poet" to get McEvoy involved. It was a stretch the first time, but the second time around it really seems far-fetched. If you don't believe me, call your local police department and ask if you can tag along on a few calls and get involved in some murder investigations.All that being said, this is an entertaining book. Like watching old movies, you get the sense that a lot of this has been done before, but you can still go along for the ride and enjoy it.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2018-11-19 00:22

    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 he is on the right track. Rachael is also back and her FBI skills come in very handy the closer they get to the truth. Great characters and smart suspenseful story.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-15 16:34

    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 clients the case has all the elements of a winning novel a kid from the projects born into society with no hope while looking into Alonzo's case he has doubts that Alonzo did it & believes he is innocent.So Jack believes that the killer is still out there a killer with some very special skiils that have enabled him not to be caught after twelve years leaving no trace a killer who takes a perverse pleasure in destroying his enemies,I absolutely loved this series Michael Connelly is a genius of this genre & keeps you enthralled from beginning to end.

  • Chris
    2018-11-16 19:41

    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 identity and hide photos of men having sex with eight-year-old boys on his work computer. Then he would crash it with a replicating virus. When the intruder couldn't fix it he would call in an expert. The photos would be found and the police would be called.Two points I'd like to make:1. How much respect does Michael Connelly have for his reader here? After the third sentence about putting porn on the intruder's computer, I'd say that the vast majority of this book's readers would get the point trying to be made. Maybe some would need to know that he'd crash it with a virus to get the point, but is there anyone out there who could possibly need the last two sentences to get it? Why stop there, Mike? What about adding: "The police would show up and arrest the intruder. The intruder would go to jail for a very long time. The intruder would probably get violated in jail and while in the middle of one such violation the intruder would probably wish that he had never learned how to be a hacker."2. What sort of hacker would need to call in an expert? Isn't the hacker an expert? Wouldn't he know how to re-format the hard drive? If the hacker worked for a company that had an IT division, wouldn't he most likely work in the IT division?I should have stopped reading right then and there.

  • Jim
    2018-11-25 22:15

    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 that ties up the immediate mystery, but I was a little disappointed that there was little to no reference of previous crimes.The characters, as usual, were excellent. The realism of the CNN interview made me feel as if I was there. It was handled beautifully as was the whole downsizing of the paper. The computers & lingo was well done too, although there were quite a few oversights. I put them down to Jack not being computer savvy, but still wish a bit more attention had been paid to them. (view spoiler)[Jack's email password being changed didn't ring true & was never really addressed. The FBI or the Times network team not going after the RAT wasn't good, either. His PC seemed to boot up awfully quick, too. (hide spoiler)]Harry & Mickey Haller are never named, although referred to. The references are minor, so reading this one out of order wouldn't be huge deal except for Rachel's time line.Harry Bosch Universe reading order:17.6 - One Dollar Jackpot(2007) in Suicide Run, 201118 - The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch #14, also Mickey Haller #2), 200819 - Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15, Mickey Haller appears briefly), 200920 - The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy #2), 200921 - The Reversal (Mickey Haller #3, (Harry Bosch #16), 201021.5 - The Perfect Triangle, 2010 Mickey Haller short story21.6 - Blue on Black - Harry Bosch Short Story 201022 - The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller #4 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly, 2011)For the full reading order, see my review of The Black Echo here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  • Amanda McGill
    2018-11-26 17:28

    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.

  • Bonnie
    2018-11-11 17:40

    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-paid crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, having earned his reputation by breaking a big story about a serial killer, then writing a bestseller about it, “The Poet” – ten years ago. But now the newspaper is losing money; staff cuts are unavoidable, and Jack gets the pink slip. He can stay on for two weeks if he agrees to train his lower-paid replacement, the lovely Angela Cook. Just before he meets the cub reporter, he picks up a call from ‘Moms’, a grandmother who claims her gang-member boy is innocent of the murder of Denise Babbit, found in the trunk of her car, her face behind a clear plastic bag pulled over her head and tied tightly around her neck with what looked like common clothesline. Wesley Carver works at a computer farm where data is stored for prominent laws firms and businesses. His “scarecrow role” is to scare off hackers. He’s also a serial killer. (Not a spoiler: we know this right from the start.) When Angela Googles ‘trunk murders’, she sets off Carver’s digital trip wire, and the Scarecrow is on to her. Meantime, Jack, who of course, knows none of this, has decided just how he’s going to go out: with a story that will stand as a tombstone on his career. His plan is not, though, to find the boy innocent; it’s to profile the mind of a young killer for his next novel. While looking into the case, he discovers the kid, Alonzo, may not be guilty of the crime after all. And when Angela Cook is murdered, and her body planted in Jack McEvoy’s house, he and former lover FBI Agent Rachel Walling, who played a critical role in “The Poet” case, team up to find out the true story of the serial murders and just who the Scarecrow is.My timing was off here: reading The Scarecrow the day before leaving to participate in a Writer’s Festival was not such a good idea. I should instead have been immersing myself in good literature. As it was, when it came time to write in the first couple of workshops, I felt like a scarecrow myself, the Oz one with no brain.No, not only not good literature, but there were just way too many coincidences in The Scarecrow, and the clues were too obvious. But I suspect Connelly was simply off his “game” here. So the next time I’m ready for something in this genre, I will either read the first Jack McEvoy book, The Poet, apparently the superior book; or else I will check out Nine Dragons, another Harry Bosch novel, due for release next month.

  • Jeanne
    2018-11-21 16:28

    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.

  • Michael
    2018-12-09 00:25

    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 replacement for the crime beat. Jack is famous for his involvement with the events detailed in "The Poet" (which if you've not read, you should, but it's not necessary to enjoy "The Scarecrow"), but that fame and his salary have put him on the chopping block. After taking a call on a seemingly innocuous crime story, Jack begins to look into things and decides to go out with a story to remember. The story concerns a young man, arrested on suspicion of murder, though the young man swears his innocence. Jack finds some troubling details in the confession as well as a larger pattern to the a potential serial killer.Jack's investigation sets off the alerts of the Carver, who initiates an all-out attack on Jack through technological means. The Carver wants to cover his tracks and begins to set up Jack for a fall. "The Scarecrow" alternates perspectives between Jack and the Carver as the two engage in a cat-and-mouse race-against-time. The deadline for Jack's career at the L.A. Times as well as Carver's pursuit help give the narrative the drive it needs and the suspense builds with each passing page. Equally frightening is how easily the Carver is able to use technology to cut off Jack from contact with world--including cutting off e-mail access, draining his bank account and canceling credit cards. It will make you think about identity theft and just how apparent your passwords really are in a whole new light.Connelly is an author whose grown on me with his recent works. His stories are more than mysteries. They're character driven and the biggest success is how he's expanding his universe. He has a wide variety of interesting, fascinating characters--all of whom have their own voice. It'd be easy to just have all the characters be a derivation of Bosch, but Connelly doesn't settle for that. He may not be at quite the nirvana-like level I hold Laura Lippman or Elizabeth George, but he's getting closer with each book.

  • Nicky
    2018-11-18 23:40

    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 investigator (a life I'd secretly love to have), and the morality is usually cut and dried. I don't have to think, I can just go along for the ride. The Scarecrow is particularly fun because it involves both the death of newsprint (no, that's not fun, but old-school reporters are) and a new, high tech world. Basically, a cyber-genius is brought down by the might of the old fashioned BIC pen. A good summer read. My main problem is that I'm now compelled to read the rest of Mr. Connelly's canon. Sigh.

  • Carol
    2018-12-07 21:31

    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.

  • Dagny
    2018-11-13 16:28

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

  • Donna
    2018-11-30 23:28

    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 full of twists and turns. And just when I expect the expected, he changes it up. I admire that. It keeps me rooted in the story. Rachel's sudden appearance was a nice surprise too. She helped propel the story forward. I will have to track down the first book in this series.

  • Pam
    2018-12-06 00:34

    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 a little jaded and when Alonzo Winslow, 16 yr old gang member is accused of a brutal murder … he thinks it is a done deal until he listens to his guardian and research leads him into several related cases.

  • Anastasia
    2018-12-10 17:37

    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 with Rachel Walling from the FBI again and I like that their relationship progresses through the book. A fantastic thriller.

  • Mike
    2018-11-14 23:34

    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 downsized when he stumbles on a very good story for his closing performance. He is tasked to train his replacement, a bright, pretty young thing who knows how to use all the new media and mobile tools – Jack is an old style reporter, a dinosaur. They both become part of the murder investigation and eventually Jack calls on his pal from the Poet, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Rachel paid a price for her relationship with Jack in The Poet but has made her way back from a backwater assignment to the L.A. FBI office. The chemistry between Jack and Rachel is still there after many years. Do they survive? Do they hook up? Read it to find out! Connelly brings in several themes that will make you think. The ease of getting information off the internet and how data can be exploited form the background. He also deals with the slow death of the newspaper business as they lose against modern media.

  • Georg
    2018-11-23 23:33

    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. While he describes in detail the sodomizing of the female victims “by foreign objects” (I assume he copies and pastes these descriptions from news-clipping or police-files) his female characters only have hair, spectacles or dark eyes but never tits, hips or a bottom. So his staff seems as bodyless as characters from a 19th-century novel.The worst part are his naïve observations and judgments.“We were over the desert between L.A. and Vegas. There was only darkness out there. ‘I guess it’s a sick world down there,’ I said.” (p.219)“-There was pornography dealing with the subject. -Man, this is one sick son of a bitch.”(p. 465)

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2018-11-18 17:22

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

  • Connie
    2018-11-13 20:36

    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 to the conclusion. You have the killer's thoughts and actions as well as Jack's and Rachel's. I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and love Michael Connelly as an author.

  • J.A. Kahn
    2018-12-04 23:37

    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.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-11-26 19:36

    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 Jack assumed it was B and no one else. I also wanted more explanation about the killer’s past. How many times did he kill? Did he do things differently? Aside from that, the story was a fun escape. I liked the characters Jack and Rachel. The killer’s computer abilities and actions frightened me. Connelly is a full writer. The scenes, dialogue, build up, events - everything is done fully. He shows. He doesn’t tell the way weak writers do.There was a scene I loved. It’s one of the reasons I liked Jack so much. He and Rachel both lost their jobs. He jokingly suggests they form a private investigating firm called Walling and McEvoy. She smiles and says something about him putting her name first. He says “I’ll always place you first Rachel, always.” (**sigh**)OTHER BOOKS:I like Connelly’s Mickey Haller and Jack McEvoy series because I like and/or admire at least a few different characters (leads plus supporting characters). As I was writing this review I was a fourth of the way into Connelly’s first Harry Bosch novel. I’m not enjoying that story as much because too many people are mean, unpleasant, and unlikeable: his boss, other cops, internal affairs, the FBI. I don’t want to spend a lot of time watching meanness. I’m fine watching bad guys being mean, but not all the other supporting characters.NARRATOR:The narrator Peter Giles was good. He had a slight accent but I didn’t mind it. It reminded me of teenage-surfer-dude-valley-speak trying to sound grown-up. He was pleasant to listen to but the “valley-speak” didn’t fit middle-aged crime reporter Jack. It wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t the best fit. The book is told in first person from Jack’s point of view and third person for others.STORY BRIEF:A dead woman is found in the trunk of a car. She was sexually tortured and suffocated with a plastic bag over her head. A teenage gang member stole the car and drove it to another location before he opened the trunk. He ran off, but the police arrest him due to his fingerprints. Jack is a reporter for the Times. He has just been laid off and given two weeks’ notice. The Times replaced him with Angela a recent college graduate and asked him to train her. Together they investigate the murder.The killer is a computer genius who discovers Angela and Jack investigating. He gets into their email accounts, puts spyware on Angela’s computer, cancels Jack’s credit cards, and other things.DATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 11 hrs and 16 mins. Narrator: Peter Giles. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Sex scenes: one, told not shown. Setting: 2009 Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. Book copyright: 2009. Genre: crime mystery thriller.

  • Carly
    2018-12-07 18:33

    ~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 out with a bang with a story about a teenage killer, he decides to take it. Unfortunately for Jack, he soon realises that the kid is innocent and the real killer is still at large and stalking him.The plot itself is in the same style as Connelly's other thriller-style books, with the protagonist's narration interspersed with narrative from the killer's perspective. In this case, rather outlandishly unrealistic hacking and technological espionage plays a major role in the plot. Connelly's age is more apparent here, as he present technology with a certain wonder and mysticism that betrays his memory of a world before the web's pre-eminence.I've always experienced a certain disconnect with Jack McEvoy, and I think it was exacerbated in this book. McEvoy sees tragedy as a story, to the point that his memory of the Poet is the fame it brought him, not his own brother's death. In the same way, he readily lies to a kid's family to get close enough to write a vicious story, and views the deaths around him as an opportunity rather than a tragedy. This book also brings Rachel Walling back into the picture, and she's never been precisely my favourite character.All the same, it's an enjoyable, captivating tale, a nice conclusion to McEvoy's saga, and with plenty of cameo roles from the characters of Connelly's other series.

  • Albert Riehle
    2018-11-26 21:31

    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 hacked and you think...well, okay! Here we go! This is something new and interesting and should be a fun twist to the standard serial-killer chase. I hope I don't spoil things for you when I tell you that Jack makes some calls and gets his life back the next day and the killer never uses the interwebs to mess with Jack again. Snore.The Jack and Rachel romance is back. I found myself not caring much. Ho hum. Been there. Done that. Nothing new to report. From there it's just kind of a formula plugging effort from Connelly. I wasn't impressed. The bad guy was kind of lame despite tons of potential. If Connelly had given half as much effort to the villain as he did to his crusade about newspapers he might have been able to place his crusade in the middle of a good book. But he didn't. As good as the first book in this series was--this book was forgettable.

  • William
    2018-12-09 21:31

    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 Life - LOL!)The short TV episodes "A Conflict of Interest" are a kind of preface to Rachel's involvement with The Scarecrow. (Cheesey music and low budget, but worth watching)https://youtu.be/4b1_wAmjfNwThe plot is suitably complex, and carefully constructed. Some great quotes from Connelly, too.Here is one I liked, in particular:At one time the newsroom was the best place in the world to work. A bustling place of camaraderie, competition, gossip, cynical wit and humor, it was at the crossroads of ideas and debate. It produced stories and pages that were vibrant and intelligent, that set the agenda for what was discussed and considered important in a city as diverse and exciting as Los Angeles.

  • Steve
    2018-12-11 20:27

    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 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.

  • Skye Skye
    2018-11-14 21:40

    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 delves into the death of print and the popularity of digital, but all in all the scope of cyber crime is explained and casts a terrifying glimpse into the future.

  • David
    2018-12-08 20:39

    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 kept me reading intently right to the end.

  • David Highton
    2018-11-28 21:17

    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.

  • Glenda L
    2018-11-16 23:28

    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.