Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Scarecrow - Book Review & Giveaway!

We have a winner!

I reviewed this book last month and the publisher asked if I'd like to host a giveaway! Well, heck yeah! I have three books to give to three lucky winners. The only requirement is that you be a resident of the continental US or Canada. Please let a comment and let me know you'd like to win the book. If you only read Christian fiction, please remember this is not a Christian fiction book. If you know someone who would like it, enter for them!

You can win more entries by posting a link to this blog and/or sharing the link with friends on Twitter! Just leave a different comment for each thing you did. I'll draw for the winners after I return from my Savannah trip on Monday night!!! So, come on - let's get to entering and sharing the link!

The Scarecrow
by Michael Connelly

Product Description
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.

My Review:
This was the first Michael Connelly book I have ever read and boy have I missed out on a great author. This story had more twists and turns and surprises, but they were all well done. Sometimes when a story line is intricate, I find that I need to almost make an outline to keep up with everything that is going on. That was not the case with this book. The characters were well developed.

This is not a Christian book and the publisher cautioned me about the graphic details given about the various crimes. Honestly, I didn't find anything too graphic about the crime scenes. The only problem I had with the book was the language. The language was a little rough at times, but it was keeping in the storyline (and again, it's not a Christian fiction book, so...)

If you like suspenseful crime novels, then this is certainly the book for you. If you've never read anything by Michael Connelly, then by all means, check him out! This novel will stay with me for a while! Updated: I've thought about this book and its content often. It's really a great book.


Mary said...

I read Connelly and don't have this one. I'd love to win!