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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly starts out pretty good. I liked the main character, Jack McEvoy, LA Times crime reporter who's life is shaken the day he gets the news that he's laid off. He's not going to go willingly, and he decides to take on a story that seems to parallel his own situation. In the process of training his replacement, McEvoy discovers that research has a truly dark side, especially when the controls are in the hands of the criminally insane. The author succeeds in creating a realistic setting and I like learning about news reporting for the big city paper-the cutthroat, high speed environment. The author had a good idea but he didn't take it far or deep enough for me. The characters felt one dimensional and stilted-kind of puppet-like. The main character has a love relationship with an FBI agent named Rachel-one gathers that they were closer in a previous novel - The Poet. There isn't any graphic sex but the violence shown toward the female victims has sexual aspects in description that border on gruesome. The language is realistic and not for the faint hearted. This wasn't my favorite book but it was a fast read and is good if you want something light and entertaining.