The Scarecrow

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The Scarecrow

By Michael Connelly

Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780446401203, 562pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2010

The instant #1 bestseller from author Michael Connelly--"the best mystery writer in the world" ("GQ")--brings back the hero of The Poet in a terrifying new thriller.
Forced out of the "Los Angeles Times" amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman 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 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack 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.

About the Author
MICHAEL CONNELLY is a former journalist and the author of over a dozen bestselling books, including the Harry Bosch novels and Blood Work, which was a major motion picture. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, as well as an Edgar Award, a Nero Wolfe prize, a Macavity Award, and an Anthony Award for his books. Michael Connelly lives in Florida.

Praise For The Scarecrow

Connelly has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team.

Ingenious...twisted brilliance.

Crime fiction at its best.

High-grade entertainment.

Magnificent...a nail-biting thriller...Connelly ratchets up the tension...a reminder of why [he] is one of today's top crime authors.

Infernally irresistibly readable thriller.
-New York Times on The Poet

Pulse-pounding...Connelly is one of those masters of structure who can keep driving the story forward, paragraph by paragraph, in runaway-locomotive style.
-USA Today on The Poet

Showcases Connelly's powerful terrific novel.
-Houston Chronicle on The Poet

This guy writes commercial fiction so well, he's going to end up on the "literature" shelves along with Poe if he plays his cards right, and here's one reader who hopes he does.
-Los Angeles Times on The Poet