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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 Giles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781600245756
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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

  • Narrator Peter Giles delivers the crisp and compelling copy with a deadpan tone and a pace that advances like Patton through Italy. Scenes involving the stalking of McEvoy and Walling raise hairs at the back of the listener's neck. Great characters and a satisfying ending cement Connelly's place as one of the best crime novelists working today. AudioFile
  • Narrator Peter Giles delivers the crisp and compelling copy with a deadpan tone and a pace that advances like Patton through Italy. Scenes involving the stalking of McEvoy and Walling raise hairs at the back of the listener's neck. Great characters and a satisfying ending cement Connelly's place as one of the best crime novelists working today. AudioFile
  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Monroe | 1/2/2014

    " I love this author and his characters ie; Jack McEvoy and especially Harry Bosch. I can never get enough,kind of like the old days with Robert Ludlum,always waiting for the next book to be published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/26/2013

    " Another easy read from Connelly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teryl | 12/25/2013

    " It was an easy read, good thriller, but not great. It kept me interested though, so really a 2.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Lackey | 12/12/2013

    " This book was an okay detective novel. The love story was a bit hokey and the plot was pretty predictable. Nothing special about this one for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/10/2013

    " I picked this up for half price at the airport. It was a fun read, creepy enough to make me think twice about what I put on social networking sites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 11/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It has some mystery to it, a little bit of romance and I like the author's style of writing. I would read another book by this same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Reid | 11/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like Micheal Connelly and plan to read more of his books. I liked this better than the Lincoln lawyer books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara Hinton | 11/10/2013

    " Really liked this one. My favorite so far of the Michael Connelly books I'm reading. I liked the villan and the journalist pursuing the villan! Quick read and kept my interest. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 11/7/2013

    " I enjoyed reading "The Scarecrow" but it was not one of Connelly's better books. It didn't come close to the brilliance of "The Poet " "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phaedra221 | 11/6/2013

    " I was creeped out in the beginning, but once I got past that, I was hooked. Connelly did a good job w/ this one. Jack McEvoy & Rachel Walling are good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 11/5/2013

    " Jack McAvoy is not nearly as compelling a character as Harry Bosch, of course, but I enjoy Connelly enough to want to read everything he's written, so I've made it to this book. I listened to it in audio, as I do all Connellys, and it was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.A. | 8/4/2013

    " A phenomenal book, one of his best yet. It's a toss up whether this one, The Poet or City of Bones is my favorite. Can hardly wait for his next one. And that one's a Harry Bosch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 6/7/2013

    " The first Michael Connelly I did not enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/6/2013

    " Of Connelly's three leading characters, Jack McEvoy is my least favorite. I started this book wishing it was another Bosch novel; however, within a couple of chapters I was completely sucked in. I couldn't put this one down; it was another fast-paced, highly entertaining story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/9/2013

    " This was a fun read! It was murder using the Internet! Very clever and engaging! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 9/24/2012

    " The lesson from The Scarecrow is that IT people are people with whom i will work harder to be friends! This is a gripping tale ... not whodunit gripping, but rather, "how will he get his desserts" gripping. A great airplane book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 9/11/2012

    " It was a good read. I've read many of Michael Connelly's books and this isn't one of his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Mceleney zabivnik | 4/26/2012

    " Just not that interesting a book. I like the Bosch series and other Connellys books. Real disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 10/16/2011

    " I didn't read much of this. Too ugly, harsh, and, I guess, modern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momruns5 | 7/28/2011

    " The Jack McEvoy series is better than the other Michael Connelly book I read. Just a thriller. Some of it was a little unbelievable. But I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 7/22/2011

    " CONNELLY DOESN'T REALLY KEEP YOU GUESSING THAT MUCH "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mama | 7/5/2011

    " an interesting "hi-tech meets depraved serial killer" mystery that keeps you hanging on til the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 6/29/2011

    " Exciting crime story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CJ | 5/19/2011

    " One of the most suspenseful of the Connelly books I've read to date -- this and THE POET. For those who follow his characters, this one features reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kman999 | 5/19/2011

    " Started off very well, v good first half. But from then on - in the tradition of many serial killer stories - it fizzled out. Setting up a story is one thing, writing a thriller something completely different. A weak 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/12/2011

    " It's a Michael Connelly book, so if you Michael Connelly then you know what you're getting before you start. And if you like the genre then you won't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 james | 5/3/2011

    " The name of the author guarantees it's a good read. This is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ???? | 5/1/2011

    " Elegant writing style. Michael Connelly at his best especially in the intro chapters. But as usual, ends don't meet :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tetsu | 4/29/2011

    " I sympathized with the hero of this book. It risks it as a person left in the age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 4/26/2011

    " The protagonist, villain and minor characters, and the news and server colocation business settings all feel real. The plot keeps you reading. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 4/15/2011

    " This is my second book by Michael Connelly, I really like his stories. Will read others as they cross my path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/15/2011

    " I have been listening to the Harry Bosch series, and this came up to scratch. Rough around the edges with some fun twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 4/11/2011

    " Being in the IT arena, it is always entertaining to read a story that involves technology and just how much information you can obtain on someone with the means. Good story but a bit predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 4/10/2011

    " Eh... not bad but it took effort to make it all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 4/10/2011

    " Very entertaining read. I love the way this author writes, and I've many of his other books to my ever expanding TBR pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 4/6/2011

    " Really creepy. Well written, but I am growing tired of these kinds of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/1/2011

    " No Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller, but still a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Peter Giles, a film, television, and voice actor, is best known in the audiobook industry for his superb narration of Michael Connelly's thrillers.