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The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2 | [Michael Connelly]

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2

Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the LA Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling readership and revenues, he's got 30 days left on the job. 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.
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Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the LA Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling readership and revenues, he's got 30 days left on the job.

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.

©2009 Hieronymus, Inc.; (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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    Kurt Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 29/05/2009
    Kurt Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 29/05/2009 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Winner from Michael Connelly"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dale AucklandNew Zealand 07/06/2009
    Dale AucklandNew Zealand 07/06/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "The Scarecrow"

    First rate Book and read (could not put it down)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010
    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren LondonUnited Kingdom 11/08/2009
    Lauren LondonUnited Kingdom 11/08/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Vintage Connelly"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom 01/08/2009
    Sarah Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom 01/08/2009 Member Since 2006
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    "Not up to his usual standard"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon LONDON, United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    sharon LONDON, United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013

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    "Not just another Michel Connelly book"
    What did you like most about The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2?

    Very like the The Poet as it starts slowly and just gets better & better until you can't put it down (or turn it off)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2?

    That would spoil the experience


    What does Peter Giles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Brings a style & character that I couldn't


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    an enjoyable surprise


    Any additional comments?

    all in all a really good experience and I'm really pleased I listened to it all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Sherborne, England 30/05/2011
    Caroline Sherborne, England 30/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent listening"

    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...

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    Colin EdinburghUnited Kingdom 16/04/2011
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    "AN EXCITING, PACY STORY"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Unite Kingdom 01/02/2011
    Amazon Customer Unite Kingdom 01/02/2011 Member Since 2010

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    "The Screcrwo by Michael Connelly"

    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.

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    Ian BayworthUnited Kingdom 12/05/2010
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    "The best audio books around"

    Michael Connelly's book are fantastic ..... great audio books ... a must listen.

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  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    26/11/09
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    "Wonderful listen"

    Michael Connelly at his best. This is highly recommended book. Any listener will not be dissapointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantasic - couldn't stop!"
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    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.


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  • Bruno
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    15/04/13
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    "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.

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  • Kim
    Maarssen, Netherlands
    22/11/10
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claude
    Sanary sur mer, France
    18/06/11
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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