As I am not usually a fan of “reporter” books, I did not think I would be enthralled by Michael Connelly’s latest novel. THE SCARECROW is just that, marking the return of crime reporter Jack McEvoy after lo these many years, last seen in 1996’s THE POET. I am pleased to report that this new title easily surpassed my not-so-high expectations.
McEvoy is a legendary but nonetheless realistic reporter for a fictitious newspaper called the Los Angeles Times (any relation between Connelly’s creation and the real-world version would be strictly coincidental). McEvoy’s chief claim to fame is his series of stories regarding a serial m