His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of J-school who couldn't find the police station if it was right next door to the Times, which it is.
But Jack has other plans for his exit. He is going to go out with a bang - a final story that will win newspaper journalism's highest honor - a Pulitzer Prize. 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.
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Michael Connelly just seems to get better with each new book. I couldn't put it down. It's a very topical story about the demise of the newspaper industry, internet identity theft, plus the usual dose of heroes and villains. Wonderful narration combined with excellent audio production quality. You won't be disappointed.
Have downloaded most of the Michael Connelly audio books and love them. This is my favourite thus far - excellent narration. I was gripped until the end
Superb - another outing for Jack McEvoy, who perhaps makes a more well-rounded, less cliched 'detective' character than Harry Bosch (much as I love him) - less cynical, jaded and commitment-phobe; and I think the novel benefits from that. The plot is taut, tense, thrilling and utterly chilling, very hard to stop listening to - many important jobs were put on hold while I was engrossed in it! The villain, to whom we are introduced very early on, is authentically psychopathic, yet intriguing and the narration is very nicely judged - one of the few audiobooks I've listened to where I don't recall wincing at narrative gaffes even once. Without question, this is for me a five star audiobook. I'm only sorry I've finished listening to it. Buy it!
This is an easy listen, but think too hard and the plot crumbles away. It's just a shame that MC used established characters to write this pot boiler; would Agent Walling really be so dumb??Best not to think too hard then.
Lie back and enjoy.
Not only is the book well written, fast paced, credible, and beautifully read, it should be compulsory reading for all the teenagers (and adults) who put too much detail about themselves on the web. I found myself wiping things off my computer as I listened...
Best read in sequence after the Poet, this is a clever progression (though set years later) from the first book.
A well told, well read story, and one that grips throughout.
As usual this is a brilliant written book by the author. I find I can't stop listening to it. It keeps you in suspense right to the end.
I used to read hardcopy books but found audible are much easier. One can listen to them while walking to work or do the housework etc.
I had so looked forward to Connelley's latest novel, and to read that the The Scarecrow was compared with his master work, The Poet, made it a read not to miss. But it does not compare, it just never takes off. It is a decent enough story but it lacks tension and passion and just plods on to the end. The only passion, if you could call it that, was McEvoy's annoyance at the demise of the newspaper industry and his career. Such a disappointment.
Michael Connelly at his best. This is highly recommended book. Any listener will not be dissapointed.
"Fantasic - couldn't stop!"
Another fantastic Michael Connelly novel - fast moving and gets your interest from the start . As the story unfolds the way the characters are described makes them real. Very good plot too.
"Fantastic! Could not stop listening!"
The 2nd instalment of the Jack McEvoy series was just great. I could not stop listening and finished the book in just a day. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good read.
"If you liked The Poet, you'll like this!"
I very much enjoyed Connelly's books about the Poet and looked forward to another McEvoy novel. This book does not dissappoint! The shifting perspective between the killer and those who chase him, and of course the plot as a whole make it well worth listening. Peter Giles does a great job narrating.
"What a letdown !"
As numerous and previous readers of the Poet’s first novel, I naively thought that this sequel would somehow live up to my expectation. I was totally mistaken in my judgment. The first part of the book painlessly moves forward and is soon entirely submerged by the insipidness of the last part. Don’t look for any of the ingredients that enchanted you on the first installment, there is none.
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