The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

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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, he's got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of J-school. But Jack has other plans for his exit. He is going to go out with a bang - a final story that will win the newspaper journalism's highest honor - a Pulitzer prize. Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer from the projects who has confessed to police that he brutally raped and strangled one of his crack clients. Jack convinces Alonzo's mother to co-operate with his investigation into the possibility of her son's innocence. But Jack's real intention is to use his access to report and write a story that explains how societal dysfunction and neglect created a 16-year-old killer. But as Jack delves into the story he soon realises that Alonzo's so-called confession is bogus, and Jack is soon off and running on the biggest story he's had since The Poet crossed his path twelve years before. This time Jack is onto a killer who has worked completely below police and FBI radar. His investigation leads him into the digital world of data collocation services where server farms are watched over by techs who liken themselves to scarecrows - keeping the birds of prey off their clients' data. But Jack inadvertently set off a digital tripwire and the killer - the Scarecrow - now knows he's coming...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 35mm | 731g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075287585X
  • 9780752875859
  • 264,019

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if crime is your bag look no further than Connelly's The Scarecrow ... a former police reporter, Connelly knows his stuff. -- Giles Foden CONDE NAST TRAVELLER This summer no man's suitcase would be complete without the latest Michael Connelly novel SHORTLIST Connelly has already proved, with his 'Lincoln Lawyer' courtroom thrillers, that there is life after his hugely successful Harry Bosch LAPD cop series. With The Scarecrow he finds yet another kind of crime fiction in which to excel -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES The greatest living American crime writer ... once again Connelly is utterly gripping. -- Henry Sutton THE MIRROR Connelly takes the traditional whodunit and gives it a contemporary twist in an outstanding new thriller that is guaranteed to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. DAILY RECORD Switching between viewpoints of McEvoy and the killers ... enables Michael Connelly to crank up the tension to an almost unbearable level. -- Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD there's a high benchmark when it comes to Connelly novels ... this is - in many ways - the best Connelly book in some times. Detailed, meticulous, complex and intriguing ... essential reading for Connelly fans and new-comers alike, this is a highly recommended and superiour thriller. IMPACT (The Ultimate Action Magazine) The story moves at a breathtaking pace as Connelly shows why his books fly off the shelves. Another cracker from a writer on top form. PA FEATURES - syndicated review It's hard to believe, but Connelly just gets better. -- Carla McKay DAILY MAILshow more

About Michael Connelly

A former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Michael Connelly is the author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch thriller series and several other bestselling novels. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and daughter.show more

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4 43% (10,828)
3 22% (5,510)
2 3% (752)
1 1% (140)
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