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The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich: Author One-to-One
In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich and asked them to interview each other. Find out what two of the top authors of their genres have to say about their characters, writing process, and more. Janet Evanovich is the bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, including Finger Lickin' Fifteen, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. Read on to see Janet Evanovich's questions for Michael Connelly, or turn the tables to see what Connelly asked Evanovich.
Evanovich: So dude,... Okay, you're back in Florida. Do you ever get to the beach? And when and if you get to the beach...is Harry Bosch with you? And what kind of beachwear are you guys sporting? Flip-flops? Crocs? Speedo? Board shorts?
Connelly: I go to the beach often on weekends. Board shorts are required and I wear flip-flops with the built in bottle opener. Comes in handy. In Florida we rarely have waves, unless there is a hurricane in the Gulf. So I have taken up paddle-boarding, which essentially involves a big surfboard that you stand on and paddle. Still a balancing act, but easier than surfing, and you don't need waves.
Evanovich: What will a bookstore look like in 2020? Will we all be downloading?
Connelly: Good question. Since it is only eleven years from now, I think there will still be a solid population of "old school" readers who need the book in their hands. The question is, will they get it at a bookstore or will we have a Kindle 9.0 device that manufactures a book for you at home, complete with photo of author in a bomber jacket.
Evanovich: If everybody is downloading in 2020 what the heck will we be signing on book tour? Body parts? Kindle cases?
Connelly: I signed two Kindles yesterday. One person asked me to leave room for signatures from you and Dennis Lehane. So next time you're in Seattle she'll be in your line.
Evanovich: Do you eat when you write? Beer nuts? M&Ms? Just coffee? What keeps you from falling out of the chair in a narcoleptic stupor?
Connelly: Have you ever seen what eating Cheetos can do to a keyboard? I have to say I am addicted to Coke. I always have a glass of it nearby. I eat a lot of candy, too. Keeps me going. Smarties are a great writing tool. I often need to raid my daughter's stash and then there is trouble on the home front.
Evanovich: Are you a messy guy or a neat guy? Do you keep clutter on your desk? In your head? Are there soda cans and crumpled fast food wrappers rolling around on the floor of your car?
Connelly: I keep a clean car but a desk that gets progressively messier as I write a book. When I am finished with the book, I clean up the desk—and eat all the stray Smarties found under the paperwork. The clean desk then promotes the start of the next book.
Evanovich: The new book, The Scarecrow sounds terrific, and I know it's followed by Harry Bosch in Nine Dragons in the fall. Does your publisher prefer one series over another? And do you find one series to be more commercially viable than another?
Connelly: They let me do what I want. I like writing about Harry Bosch and he's pretty popular, but usually when I write a standalone it widens the audience a bit.
Evanovich: Want to meet me in a bar in Ft. Myers? Is that halfway?
Connelly: Name the place.
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"The Scarecrow is a dire warning about the dangers of electronic snooping. And it is a page-turning thriller--cleverly plotted, fast-paced and crisply written." (San Francisco Chronicle Bruce DeSilva)
"Connelly is one of the masters of contemporary crime fiction....Connelly's masterful narrative...proceeds in alternate chapters...which adds to this particularly chilling heavy's creepy aspect. It's a terrific device. 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 Tim Rutten)
"Connelly nails the death-of-newspapers theme....Alternating point of view between villain and reporter, Connelly 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 Bill Ott)
"What drives this story are not the vivid action scenes but the more internal clue-reading of his heroes as they piece together the ingenious mystery plots." (Entertainment Weekly Thom Geier)
"With its ingenious story line and the twisted brilliance of the creeps involved, The Scarecrow holds its own with its predecessor [The Poet], which was a breakthrough novel for Connelly." (Washington Post Maureen Corrigan)
"A riveting thriller with a flawed, fully fleshed hero, a nasty serial killer and the expected page-turning tension." (Miami Herald Connie Ogle)
"Connelly has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team." (New York Times Marilyn Stasio)
"Connelly masterfully whips the reader back and forth between McEvoy's point of view and the killer's, accelerating the pace as the full threat to McEvoy and Rachel Walling becomes clearer. The Scarecrow is Connelly in top form. And reading it will make it impossible for you to ever again think that when you do something online, no one's watching." (St. Petersburg Times Colette Bancroft)
"There's something so comforting about knowing you're in the hands of a master when you pick up a new book....Connelly has produced one of the most impressive bodies of work in crime fiction, both an in-depth study of the darker side of human nature and an ongoing biography of the city of Los Angeles, told through the guise of sharply plotted, endlessly entertaining mystery novels." (Chicago Sun-Times David J. Montgomery) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0029KHTA8
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 11, 2009)
- Publication date : May 11, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2536 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 559 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My Review Five Stars*****
I have been a huge fan of Michael Connelly's works for literally decades. I re-read THE POET (1996) last summer, in fact a year ago this month. I have been excited about the release of FAIR WARNING (2020) in the summer of this year, and have been looking forward to reading it. Having said that, it is Connelly's third novel to feature Jack McEvoy, the hero of THE POET (1996) and later of course THE SCARECROW (2009). It has been over a decade since I read THE SCARECROW but I certainly recall how much I loved it. I felt like it would enhance my enjoyment of Jack's new adventure in FAIR WARNING if I were to re-read THE SCARECROW.
I will readily acknowledge that it is one of my favorite Connelly works, in part because I liked the protagonist, journalist Jack McEvoy, and of course FBI Agent and former profiler Rachel Walling is a fascinating character. Another reason that I feel that this novel felt so genuine and riveting is the fact that Connelly actually worked as an LA Times crime reporter. The author's technique of alternating the chapters and points of view between Jack and the chilling sociopath who inhabits this dark and captivating serial killer thriller is superbly effective. The "Scarecrow" is every bit the genius and the sadistic psychopath when we compare him to "The Poet". Character development is one of Connelly's strong suits, well to be fair so is writing dialogue, and ratcheting up suspense and tension. I'm not sure Connelly has an Achilles Heel. The story pulls you in right at the beginning and proves to be "unputdownable". I loved reading it again after all these years, and it is simply an outstanding thriller.
In any case, adoring fans over the past nearly a decade since this book first fit the shelves nine years ago have delivered far more articulate and comprehensive accolades than I could ever manage to do. I love Connelly and he is among my very favorite authors. THE SCARECROW is a 5-Star Read with no need to even ponder the rating for a millisecond.
Bonus materials in the Kindle Edition I purchased included an in-depth interview with the author about writing "The Scarecrow" which I enjoyed very much. It is pertinent that in part the author intended for this novel to be a swan song for the newspaper industry. It was obvious to Connelly when he wrote the book that the internet was the future of journalism and that all facets of reporting were rapidly going digital. Obviously now, almost a decade down the road, his instincts were "spot on". I am ready to start reading his new novel just released this summer FAIR WARNING. It was a coincidence that I spotted a review on Amazon that was indicative that the recent release featuring Jack McEvoy is politically slanted. I am SO HOPING that as a former reporter himself, and one of the most successful crime fiction writers on the planet, that the niggling feeling I have right now is simply paranoia. I guess I will find out soon...
He gets a call from a very angry woman who accuses him of writing a piece that points the finger at her 16 year old (grand)son and she is livid. He begins to look into the case and finds another, eerily similar murder involving another woman whose body was found in the trunk of her husband's car. McEvoy takes up the challenge. There is no way the two victims crossed paths, so what was the common denominator.
Rachel Walling believes him, and together they figure out who the mastermind and who the minions are. The mastermind, the Scarecrow, is able to hack into remote camera databases and basically knows what they are doing as soon as they do.
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McEvoy is an experienced reporter, and for the last nine years has been chief crime correspondent for the LA Times. By 2010, however, the paper is struggling to keep its head above water, as hard copy sales diminish, and even its internet version finds difficulty competing with its rival titles. It is, therefore, ‘downsizing’, and McEvoy falls victim to an austerity drive. Because of the exploits recounted in ‘The Poet’, he had come to the paper as a celebrated journalist who could command a high salary. Nine years on, that high salary puts him on a list of reporters that the paper chooses to ‘let go’, giving him a fortnight’s notice and, to add insult to injury, he is asked to train up his young (and therefore much cheaper) replacement.
Still dazed from his bruising encounter with the newspaper’s HR department, he receives a call from a woman complaining about the way her son has been represented by both the paper and the police. It transpires that he has been arrested for the murder of a young woman whose mutilated body was found in the boot of her car. McEvoy had run a brief story which closely followed a press notice issued by the police. Conscious that there may be some mileage in investigating further, thinking it might make for an interesting final case with the paper, he resolves to look into the case more deeply.
Working with his prospective replacement, who emerges as already highly capable, and desperately ambitious, he uncovers some anomalies in the police handling of the case. Having reviewed the available evidence, he comes seriously to question the conclusions that the police have arrived at, and believes that the man in custody may be innocent. He and his new partner also uncover some strong similarities to a previous murder.
Like ‘The Poet’, this novel is principally recounted in a first-person narrative from Jack McEvoy, occasionally interspersed with third person authorial narration following the actual murder. He is a computer expert and accomplished hacker, who is able to follow McEvoy’s investigation from afar.
This is Connelly being as accomplished as ever: a strong, watertight plot and highly plausible characters. Connelly just seems to get even better as time goes on.
Won't put a spoiler here, but the basis of the killer's motivation and 'modus operandae' is almost comical and stretches the reader's 'suspension of disbelief' to breaking point. In other words, it's too silly to be taken seriously, despite the gruesome methods employed by the killer.
As usual, Mr Connelly puts his background as a crime reporter to good use by including an excessive amount of detail on police, crime scene and legal procedures (unnecessary in my view, but you may enjoy pages of procedural stuff). This time he also brings in the day-to-day minutiae of a reporter's life in a major newspaper: the office politics, the jargon, the little tricks and deceptions of the trade to get a story, etc..
However - for me - Jack McEvoy isn't a particularly interesting or likeable character himself, and nor are the supporting cast: no memorable policemen, reporters, lawyers... no 'family' of characters you can buy into.
There isn't the same depth or entertainment value in McEvoy as there is in other Connelly characters like Bosch and Micky Haller, but maybe that's just me.
So... this wasn't a bad read but it was a bit of a chore to stick with it to the end.
I think I'll stick to Bosch and Haller in future...
It was okay because Michael Connelly is a fine writer, but I fear he is straying from the style I most admire: he writes best when he writes about what he knows. The one area he really does know is how cops and detectives tick. That thread of authenticity runs right through his earlier novels.
In this book, it strikes me he offers a lot of information dumping, no doubt inspired by researching stuff he knew little about. Yes, it's well written, but it still comes across as an information dump and frankly, it gets boring. As does the gimmick of using hyperlinks which take the reader to his website. So annoying!
The book itself continues the exploits of Jack McEvoy, the reporter, who, it seems, has a knack for finding serial killers. The plot, per se, isn't too shabby, but I do find McEvoy's fight scenes to be leaning towards the implausible, as is the continued story of Agent Rachel Walling's in and out FBI employment. Give me a break!
I have still a lot of this author's books to read but I think I will go back to his earlier books.
Must try harder, Mister Connelly.