Larry Robinson, July 21, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
If you are a Michael Connelly fan you will enjoy this book. It has all of the usual Connelly traits; red herrings, familiar characters, serial killers. However, it is far from his best. It's a page turner. But, when it's all said and done, it was pretty predictable, pretty safe.
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mgdallas, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by mgdallas)
I have enjoyed Connelly books in the past, and this one was okay, but way too predictable. I knew within the first three chapters who the "bad guy" was, and that spoiled a lot of the fun.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestseller Connelly comments on the plight of print journalism in a nail-biting thriller featuring reporter Jack McEvoy, last seen in 2004's The Narrows. When Jack is laid off from the L.A. Times with 14 days' notice to tie up loose ends, he decides to go out with a bang. What starts as a story about the wrongful arrest of a young gangbanger for the brutal rape and murder of an exotic dancer turns out to be just the tip of an iceberg that takes McEvoy from the Nevada desert to a futuristic data-hosting facility in Arizona. FBI agent Rachel Walling, with whom he worked on a serial killer case in 1996's The Poet, soon joins the hunt, but as the pair uncover more about the killer and his unsettling predilections, they realize that they too are being hunted. With every switch between McEvoy's voice and the villain's, Connelly ratchets up the tension. This magnificent effort is a reminder of why Connelly is one of today's top crime authors. 8-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Booklist (starred review),
"Alternating point of view between villain and reporter, Connelly builds tension expertly, using dramatic irony to its fullest, screw-tightening potential. Even confirmed Harry Bosch fans will have to admit that this Harry-less novel is one of Connelly's very best."
by The Onion AV Club,
"Michael Connelly is one of modern pulp fiction's most skilled, prolific authors....The Scarecrow isn't some tongue-clucking cautionary tale, but at the same time, Connelly's detailed depiction of journalism under siege is as vivid and frightening as any murder plot. (Grade: B+)"
by San Jose Mercury News,
"This Bosch adventure is a great read that can't be put down. Harry's getting on in years but is still a great detective."
by Library Journal (starred review),
"Connelly has done it again....The newspaper industry is on the verge of collapse these days, and ex-newspaperman Connelly here tackles the subject head-on while juggling an intricate mystery at the same time....[T]errifying and compelling..."
by South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"[R]ip-roaring crime fiction that hits the ground running and doesn't let up until the finale. Connelly is one of the most consistent of today's crime fiction writers. The Scarecrow ranks among Connelly's best work."
by The Washington Post,
"With its ingenious story line and the twisted brilliance of the creeps involved, The Scarecrow holds its own with its predecessor [The Poet], which was a breakthrough novel for Connelly."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"The Scarecrow, a return to form for Mr. Connelly and his sharpest book since The Lincoln Lawyer, pivots energetically among its subplots, often returning affectionately to the newspaper world."
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