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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly - A Writer traps the Criminal
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly - The main plot centers on the murders committed by someone who comes to be known as the Scarecrow.
By: Madeline Oscar
In this story, three issues weave their ways linking to each other. The main plot centers on the murders committed by someone who comes to be known as the Scarecrow. He has a special way of killing, of course, but the police have not threaded the knots as they have settled for the expedient solution. Computers figure heavily into the crimes as they provide a means of identifying potential victims. A major part of the story revolves around the decline of newspaper business and the difficulties it is raising in real life of the hero, Jack McEvoy who had won a Pulitzer for his reporting on The Poet.
Jack is focused on writing about Alonzo Winslow -a 16 year old teen who is being convicted of murdering a Hollywood dancer, but when he discovers that the story is bigger than he thought, and Jack discovers that Alonzo might actually be innocent. Things start to turn as his further investigation brings him back in touch with Rachel, his former lover, whom the FBI had relegated to a backwater office. She has just rehabilitated herself and is now backing in the mainstream of the agency. However, her participation with Jack creates new problems, resulting in her suspension and resignation. While Jack is looking for the killer, the killer is not looking for him because he knows he is coming and is waiting for his kill.
Now the queries arise in the minds of the readers. Did Jack save his job? Will Rachel save hers? Will the Scarecrow be caught?