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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Peter Gile Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 paperto write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a sixteen-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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Scarecrow, a return to form for Mr. Connelly and his sharpest book since The Lincoln Lawyer, pivots energetically among its subplots, often returning affectionately to the newspaper world.”

    New York Times

  • “High-grade entertainment.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The most inspired feature of The Scarecrow is that it’s...a meditation on the consequences of the death of print journalism…With its ingenious story line and the twisted brilliance of the creeps involved, The Scarecrow holds its own with its predecessor, which was a breakthrough novel for Connelly.”

    Washington Post

  • “Crime fiction at its best.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A nail-biting thriller…With every switch between McEvoy’s voice and the villain’s, Connelly ratchets up the tension. This magnificent effort is a reminder of why Connelly is one of today's top crime authors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Connelly nails the death-of-newspapers theme…[and] builds tension expertly, using dramatic irony to its fullest, screw-tightening potential. Even confirmed Harry Bosch fans will have to admit that this Harry-less novel is one of Connelly’s very best.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Connelly has done it again. Reporter Jack McEvoy, the hero of Connelly’s earlier novel, The Poet, is back in a chilling new mystery...Connelly here tackles [his] subject head-on while juggling an intricate mystery at the same time. He wisely focuses on McEvoy to tell the story, with the occasional interlude from the mastermind behind the attacks, making the narrative terrifying and compelling at the same time.”

    Library Journal

  • “Connelly…keeps the twists coming and provides…background expertise…on the hard business of hard news.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Connelly hits it out of the park with one of the best thrillers of the year...Peter Giles brings a skilled and intimate feel to his reading without losing the chilling momentum; at one point he relays a beautifully built scene that contains one of the best ‘gotcha’ moments in some time.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fbell89 | 1/31/2014

    " A Thriller. Masterful weaver of tales. Good to the very last word "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine | 1/30/2014

    " I might be running out of Connelly steam, which would make me sad, because I do enjoy his work so much. This was an entertaining read, but somehow it left me cold, despite the fact that it's received such good reviews. I found the premise--investigative journalism in the era of cost-cutting and layoffs at newspapers--to be really intriguing. But then McEvoy calls in the FBI and we're essentially out of the newsroom and nothing can stop our action hero reporter. I would have been more interested in this story without Rachel, I think--I'd love to see what Jack could have accomplished without that little connection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne Hartman | 1/19/2014

    " this was a VERY creepy book. I liked the characters, and the plot kept me interested "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 1/11/2014

    " Connelly always satisfied. I really need some time off so I can plow through all the Bosch books I've missed (great audiobooks as well), but this revisiting of Jack McEvoy from The Poet was a fun read. "

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