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The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2 Audiobook

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2

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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 Listener Since 2006
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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 2011
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    "The Scarecrow"

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

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    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010
    Mr East Sheen, United Kingdom 03/02/2010 Member Since 2017
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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 2012
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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 01/08/2009
    Sarah 01/08/2009
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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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    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 04/09/2017
    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 04/09/2017 Member Since 2015

    I'm an audible addict!

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    "Scary and gripping"

    I usually have audible books as background to other activities but this one is so compelling it defies that plan and demands attention
    I didn't expect that anything could be as good as the Harry Bosch stories but this is just as good
    Wow I'm hooked and looking for more!

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    "Amazing"

    Finished it in less then 24 hours- couldn't put it down! Really enjoyed it! Great book! Well narrated!

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    Maureen United Kingdom 02/01/2017
    Maureen United Kingdom 02/01/2017 Member Since 2016

    Addicted book worm

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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2 again? Why?

    Definitely, loved it, so many twists and turns. I loved THE POET and this was up to standard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a bit like asking which part of the dessert you liked best. It's the combination of flavours and textures that make it. Same with a book, the plot, sub plot characters, writing, all combine to make the book just right


    Have you listened to any of Peter Giles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I like him . Very clear diction, pleasant tone


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Indeed it was. So glad iI was ill and had an excuse to stay in bed and listen to it!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope this is not the last of Jack and Rachel. They work well together Rachel so analytical, Jack, jumping in with inspiration and feelings, great couple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 16/12/2016
    michael 16/12/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    The pace, plot and narration in The Scarecrow make this a definite purchase if you like crime stories. Connolly at his best

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    GS 10/05/2016
    GS 10/05/2016 Member Since 2015

    listens while driving - loves: Michael Connolly / Ian Rankin / Denzil Meyrick / Bernard Cornwell / Terry Pratchett / Peter May

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    "Great storytelling- one of the best"

    Really enjoyed this story- more than I expected to, as I skipped the Poet as I normally stick to Bosch and Haller stories

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  • Lia
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    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
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    "Fantasic - couldn't stop!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claude
    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 2 people found this review helpful

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