I've been tearing through Michael Connelly's lengthy backlist, and I often find myself with repetitive things to say about them, so I'll mostly be doing mini-reviews of his titles, unless one compels me to write more deeply.
Note: these reviews all contain some spoilers and references to previous Connelly books.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Scarecrow is the second mystery in Michael Connelly's Jack McEvoy series (McEvoy has appeared as a minor character in a couple of other novels, but he's back to serving as a narrator and primary character here.) McEvoy is a veteran journalist, most famous for his role in The Poet case. Here he finds himself getting laid off from his newspaper job and searching for one last big story while he trains his much younger (and cheaper) replacement. He picks the case of Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer who allegedly confessed to a brutal murder. He soon finds himself once again on the trail of a serial killer who has previously gone undetected. I'm a big fan of McEvoy as a character, and once again he stumbles upon a case that proves to be bigger than others thought. Once again, it's easy to understand why a journalist stumbles upon the connections rather than police from different divisions. Simultaneously, Connelly also writes from the point-of-view of the killer, which is mostly successful. I appreciated the insight, but it makes the resolution more of a thriller than a mystery, as the reader knows more about the plot events than any of the characters.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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