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.
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