Another excellent novel by Michael Connelly. Great character development, goes deep into what it's like to be a news reporter but not to the point of the reader losing interest in what's being said. The story moves fast from one chapter to the next, and it's hard to put down! Keeps you guessing what will happen in the next few pages. This time the story is told from the (first person) viewpoint of Jack McEvoy, a reporter that appears in many of Connelly's "Harry Bosch" novels. Another recurring character, FBI agent Rachel Walling, is an integral part of the story. Some authors rush to end the book and you feel left unsatisfied - NOT the case with this book: this ending leaves you satisfied that the story has reached its conclusion at just the right pace.
Jack McEvoy was once a hotshot crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times when he cracked the case on The Poet, but true with todays economy, becomes a victim in the set of layoffs. Jack receives a two week notice and has to train his replacement, Angela, a new reporter with a smaller salary. Isn't that a smack in the face? Jack decides to go out with a bang and give the paper a reason to believe they made a big mistake in letting him go, by writing a murder story that will highlight his career.
Jack connects a trunk murder to an earlier murder in Las Vegas and takes off running with his biggest story in over twelve years. Once in Las Vegas Jack realizes he's onto a killer that has long since worked under police and FBI radar and has some how set off a digital trip wire. The killer knows he is coming and is trying to set up road blocks to throw Jack off and eliminate any and all problems.
Jack has no choice but to find some help so he gives Rachel Walling of the FBI a call. He has not seen or spoken to her in the twelve years since they shared a short affair while cracking the case of The Poet. Meanwhile, Jacks replacement at the paper, Angela, is murdered. Will Rachel and the FBI help Jack find this killer or will he go down for the murder as the trunk killer, once Angela is found dead under his own bed?
This book was very well written. I have to say that right off hand, I couldn't think of another Michael Connelly book that I had read. This book made me go look up all other books that he has wrote because it made me want to read more from him. I realized that I had read a few of his stories before but apparently none that had caught my attention and reigned me in the way this book did. Michael Connelly has a new fan and I can't wait to read more!
I love how Connelly switches from his Harry Bosch series with his novels fearuing former periphery characters as protagonists. And how neat it is when you get that occasional intersection back to the main line. This is so much different than authors who have a series featuring a given character and then write the occasional unrelated novel. Anyway, The Scarecrow features the reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling on the hunt for a serial killer stalking through the Internet. Does not disappoint.
3.5 stars out of 5
This is an exciting thriller about a serial killer who tracks his victims using his computer knowledge while working for a cyber security business. Scary because it could really happen. Connelly is an excellent author. This book has ties to one of his earlier books, The Poet.
Michael Connelly has done it again! Terrifying book of dark twisted crimes. Jack McEvoy, a reporter for the L.A. Times, has been laid off. After he gets the bad news, a caller accuses him of printing lies. He promises to look into it and finds much more than he had expected. Two males, unknown to each other, are suspected kidnappers, torturers and murderers. Jack finds quite accidentally that a cunning killer has done the deeds. He meets Rachel Walling, FBI Agent, who saves his life. They begin the journey of finding the Scarecrow. Great book!