The Scarecrow (Hardback)
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The Scarecrow (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 12/05/2009
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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...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780752875859

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A good crime thriller with a few surprises and an exciting climax. Michael Connelly's books never disappoint.

Paperback edition
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11th April 2015
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“Scarily good!”

This is as good as Jeffery Deaver's 'The Broken Window' both deal with the same theme: identity theft. Connelly, however, delivers a much more plausible scenario.

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Paperback edition
6th April 2011
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“The Scarecrow”

Michael Connelly may just about be the most consistently brilliant crime novelist in the world, and, with his latest novel `The Scarecrow' he once again gives fans their money's worth.Newspaper reporter with... More

Hardback edition
21st May 2009
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