scarecrowI was drawn to this book because of my love for writing.  Jack McEvoy is a seasoned crime beat reporter for the LA Times newspaper.  He finds out early on in the story that he is being forced out and replaced by a younger reporter who is more with the time.  She has the ability to report news straight to the Times website and social media pages.  It also doesn’t hurt that they can get her for a fraction of Jack’s salary.  They agree to let him stay on two additional weeks if he would train his replacement and introduce her to the cops on the crime beat.  That same day Jack gets a call from the mother of an unruly teen accused of murder.  She swears that Jack got the facts wrong and demands that he does his due diligence and report the facts correctly.  Jack decides to take on the story as a way of training Angela, his replacement, and finds himself in the crosshairs of an killers elaborate plot.  When his replacement turns up dead it seems that Jack is being set up for murder.  Connelly brings the perfect amount of mystery, drama ans suspense to this thrill ride of a novel.  Hope you enjoy.  – Norman LaVelle

Overview

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.

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