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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Scarecrow

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The Scarecrow
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company 2009
419 pages

Intrepid L.A. Times reporter Jack McEvoy returns (first appearance in The Poet, ed.) in The Scarecrow, a new Michael Connelly mystery. As a casualty of a faltering economy, faced with a two-week termination notice, McEvoy plans to go out with a roar by writing a crime novel worthy of  an Edgar (too late, Connelly’s done that even if Edgar won’t admit it, ed.) never dreaming he would be part of the biggest story of his life.

While most suspects claim innocence, Jack is drawn to investigate the case of 16 year old Alonzo Winslow, the accused killer of a young woman whose body is discovered in the trunk of her car. Inside information reveals a fraudulent admission of guilt while research by McEvoy’s beautiful, tenacious, and untrustworthy trainee unearths a virtually identical murder in Las Vegas confirming the chilling threat of an active serial killer.

Mystery novel readers have learned to expect quality entertainment from Michael Connelly. Connelly once again proves his skill as he cultivates our fears by transporting us into a dark world of cyberspace and depravity where trackers are being tracked and a calculating psychopath can play, manipulate, and ravage lives undetected and untraced, leaving his victims helpless and more often dead.

The Scarecrow is a brilliantly constructed thriller. The plot builds like the low rumble of an approaching storm as Connelly expertly lures us in to become voluntary captives for 419 pages.

When lightning strikes and the story explodes we feel the full cunning and the disturbing signature of the mastermind that is the Scarecrow.

Definitely at the top of his game, Connelly wows his audience. His clever mind of sheer genius is revealed in unexpected plot twists that thrill, shock, and surprise.

Expertly developed and set in contemporary America, the story, although fiction presents frightening possibilities that uncomfortably appear not too far removed from reality, contributing to an excellent, engaging read.

Likewise, The Scarecrow ‘s interactive hooks will interest and entertain both devoted fans and curiosity seekers.

One of the best Connelly mystery novels to date, you will want The Scarecrow on your bookshelf.

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J Curran

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards

Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel

The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.

The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.

The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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