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80. The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly...

May 25, 2009
With how busy things have been 'round here, I completely forgot that there was another May release to review, on my shelves! O_O So I found it, and read it in one swoop last night. While the Mr. was playing GTA4...

About the book:
Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaper-man Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a sixteen-year-old drug dealer who is in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as Jack delves into the story, he realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since the Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.
Can I just say that this read fit perfectly after the mounds of chick-lit-ish books I've been reviewing lately? (as someone very nicely pointed out to me)  Good characters, plot, story-telling... I loved when Jack informs the CNN news guy that he needs a "beeper"--because someone'll have to beep the mf coming out of Alonzo's mouth with every other word...  =)  I like that Jack's not perfect, he isn't one of those heroes that just knows what the bad guy is doing, or where he's at... Jack has to work at deciphering the clues he's given, which makes this a kinda thinking-book, too. Of course, it doesn't hurt my impression that Jack has to be rescued--the first time--by a gal... *grin* The Scarecrow is out tomorrow (yeah, I left it late!), grab it for the beach if you're looking for something other than summer fluff.

As for the GTA4 mention... The Scarecrow kept my attention even with the awesome radio stations broadcasting during the game...  =)

Title: The Scarecrow
Author: Michael Connelly
ISBN-10: 0-316-16630-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-16630-0
Paperback: 415 pages (ARC)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, May 2009 (hardcover)


bermudaonion said...

Wow, you're a fast reader! I'm looking forward to reading this book. I've heard so much about Michael Connelly, but haven't read any of his work yet.

wheels209 said...

Hi Drey,
That would be me. I laughed so hard when I read your review. Thanks for that. The phrase Chick-Lit reminds me of the gummy candy that I used to eat as kid. LOL!!! Kind of reads that way too. LOL!!!

Take care my friend.

Literate Housewife said...

I've been in a murder mystery phase lately myself. It's something so different from what the rest of what I've been reading. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for this one. It sounds wonderful.

Unknown said...

I never read any Connelly's books but that you read this one in one sitting means that i have to read it. I am in a desperate need of a book just like that.

drey said...

wheels, you're funny! =)

lilly, I read most of my books in one sitting, lol!!

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