The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BOSCH SERIES AND THE LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES"Michael Connelly...has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team."--New York Times"Michael Connelly...adds the intricate plotting and perfect-pitch dialogue that keeps The Scarecrow scary. Together, they hook the reader early and never let up."--Philadelphia Inquirer"An addictive read that, once it grabs you in those first few pages, won't let go of you."--Boston Glo...

Details The Scarecrow

TitleThe Scarecrow
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Scarecrow

  • Arah-Lynda
    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 d...
  • David
    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 avera...
  • ✨Susan✨
    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 th...
  • Lisa
    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 t...
  • Rob
    Number two in the Jack McEvoy Series.This is real scary. The story is yet another epic from Michael Connelly but the really scary thing is seeing just how vulnerable the internet has made us all to identity fraud and cyber stalking.Jack McEvoy has been given two weeks notice to quit his job at the LA Times. Jack has seen the writing on the wall for some time. News print is becoming a thing of the passed. So Jack is determined that his last story ...
  • Chris
    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 w...
  • Amanda McGill
    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 t...
  • Jim
    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...
  • Jeanne
    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.
  • Bonnie
    2 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 ...
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    Jack McEvoy is a seasoned L.A. Times reporter known as the reporter who brought about the demise of a serial killer called The Poet. Unfortunately, the Times is being forced to trim their budget, and Jack's being replaced by a young, cost-effective, social media savvy reporter and worse yet - he's forced to train her in his last two weeks on the job. In the course of doing so, Jack receives information that leads him to investigate a "trunk murde...
  • Kathy
    I'm gratified I found it necessary to do a bit of backtracking/filling in of books I missed in this series as this Jack McEvoy + Rachel W of FBI coupling to catch a serial killer was a satisfying read for a couple of reasons. Both were under fire at work, losing and regaining their jobs. Then the added attraction of vibrant, gritty scenes of the newspaper business as it was. With Jack instrumental in earlier Poet investigation, this serial killer...
  • Michael
    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 L...
  • Nicky
    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 proc...
  • Donna
    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. M...
  • Carol
    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
    Absolutely riveting! I only started this book yesterday and couldn't put it down.
  • Pam
    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 ...
  • Anastasia
    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 t...
  • Mike
    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...
  • Georg
    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. ...
  • Ellen
    A Rave Read, November 30, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport (Florida) This review is from: The Scarecrow (Hardcover) Jack McEvoy is your true to life everyday reporter. Jack finds himself the victim of a lay off in the newsroom. While trying to makle his mark on the grand finale of murder cases politics in the workroom rears its ugly head. Jack not only is asked to show his replacement the ropes in the reporting business...his replacement as well as his bo...
  • David
    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, h...
  • David Highton
    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.
  • Cathy DuPont
    I think I may be disappointed because this is the end of this series. Loving Michael Connelly and all of his perfectly drawn characters. His storylines are the best and I always get so engrossed in the story I can't wait to pick up the book to continue where I left off 1/2 hour ago.
  • Winter Sophia Rose
    Captivating, Believable & Engrossing! A Brilliant Read! I Loved It!
  • Connie
    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, t...
  • J.A. Kahn
    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
    4 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 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...
  • Carly
    ~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...