Michael Connelly, author of over twenty novels, including THE LINCOLN LAWYER, has written another doozy in THE SCARECROW. Jack McEvoy, an L.A. Times crime reporter from THE POET, returns at the end of his career. He links some grizzly murders in Phoenix and Los Angeles to a data storage facility in Phoenix.
The scarecrow of the digital world is the person looking out over and monitoring rows and rows of digital storage files, keeping hackers and viruses away from clients’ sensitive data and meting out appropriate punishment/justice to those who attempt to spy or steal. But, aside from work, the scarecrow and an apprentice also have a secret, perverse agenda.
The book’s point of view goes back and forth between the scarecrow (Carver) and McEvoy, who decides to leave his newspaper career with a big story. On the day he learns of his dismissal, McEvoy is introduced to his young, female replacement, Angela, who turns out to be quite ambitious and impatient. She also turns up dead after only a few days of delving into a “trunk murder.” After a phone call to an FBI profiler and former lover, Rachel, to convince her that the murders are connected, McEvoy heads to Phoenix for some answers. Her sudden presence in his hotel room inadvertently keeps him from being killed for getting too close to the murderer. From then on, as they seek out a devious killer, they put themselves in harm’s way more than once.
For intrigue and all-too-true possibilities, THE SCARECROW cannot be beat.