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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Peter Giles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781600245725
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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 paper to 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 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. Download and start listening now!

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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

  • 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
  • “Connelly always has been frank about his admiration for Raymond Chandler. It's a high bar to set for oneself, but he comes as close to clearing it as any mystery writer of his generation.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “With its ingenious story line and the twisted brilliance of the creeps involved, The Scarecrow holds its own.”

    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…[he] 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)

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 2/13/2014

    " I haven't read a Micheal Connelly book I didn't like. Always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerri | 2/11/2014

    " I love Michael Connelly books so I'm sure I'll like this one as well . I did enjoy reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 2/9/2014

    " 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 " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 2/3/2014

    " This book was awesome and scary at the same time, with all the things that we do on the internet now, its amazing how vulnerable we could be to someone that really wanted to track us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Schade | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook. I listened to the first half on the car trip back from Illinois and then had to listen to the rest at home when I should have been doing something more productive. Anyway it kept my interest to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julio | 1/27/2014

    " Best Connelly book in ages. A great writer at the top of his game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/26/2014

    " Very typical of his novels and a fast read. Nothing outstanding as we always knew who the killer was in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/20/2014

    " "Sequel" to The Poet featuring newspaper reporter Jack McEvoy. He's just been given his pink slip and with only a week left on The Times' payroll he falls into the story of his life. A serial killer so smart that he sets up others to take the fall, until McEvoy links his deaths and involves the FBI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Riley | 1/19/2014

    " Well written stuff. Another overblown plot as is Connelly's norm -- but one enriched by the sub story of newspaper layoffs. That was fascinating and made the novel worth reading alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/14/2014

    " I'd probably make this somewhere between a 3 and 4 if I could. I thought it was a well-crafted crime novel that kept a good pace, and included interesting characters. I haven't read many Connelly books, but will likely pick up some more because I liked this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/26/2013

    " Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. A good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arie | 12/25/2013

    " New favorite detective author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent novel. Fast paced and exciting like all of Connelly's work, I whipped through this really fast and wish I had another one to read. They are too well written to pass up. Can't wait for the next book, don't care which characters their about, I love them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 12/1/2013

    " Holey schmokes! What a thrill ride this one was. Highly excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Fauth | 11/30/2013

    " Wow! This kept my heart racing, especially at the end. Very good book. Language bad, but just while gang members involved at beginning. Very suspenseful. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary/Quite Contrary Phillips | 8/5/2013

    " Anything Connelly gets at least 3 stars from me, but I read this so fast I need to go back and reread again. Some of the characters seemed oddly developed...I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected I would. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra | 3/2/2013

    " I felt like Connelly was phoning it in on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Kent | 2/27/2013

    " One of Connelly's better books.... Interesting, bazaar, and it will keep you on edge as to what someone can do to you if they want to mess with your life and are a computer whiz! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Tuel | 1/8/2013

    " My favorite part of this book was finding characters from prior works of Connelly. I found it hard to get through, taking me almost a month to finish when I couldn't get away from the Poet or the Narrows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenw | 9/16/2012

    " Good suspense tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 9/1/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 7/17/2012

    " I dont know why I am bothered by Connelly doing "by the numbers" with Bosch and Haller, but I didnt mind at all for this McEvoy/Waller one? Somehow with the "master serial killer" genre I dont expect anything new or different, and kinda like it being a bit schlocky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Cider | 5/30/2012

    " Like everything this author writes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendar88 | 5/7/2012

    " Was OK. Nothing special. A bit odd how important his stories for the LA Times meant to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 4/24/2012

    " Michael Connelly doesn't disappoint. Jack McEvoy, veteran newspaper man is laid off and has time to chase a story tracking a diabolical serial killer who has been killing for over two years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Tyckoski | 3/3/2012

    " Another great fiction from one of my favorite authors! This book makes you wonder how safe you really are from internet predators. The action was outstanding and left you wondering who the murderer really was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/21/2011

    " Another classic Connelly novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ericaisrich | 10/15/2011

    " I did not like this Connelly work as much as I did the Bosch and Haller series. Nevertheless, it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/30/2011

    " Predictible. "

  • 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.