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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
The Scarecrow begins with newspaper reporter Jack McEvoy being laid off from the Los Angeles Times and he has two weeks to train his younger and cheaper replacement. He decides to file one last story, uncovering the truth behind a local murder. A 16-year-old gang member has already confessed to the murder of a woman, but McEvoy discovers that a similar murder happened in Las Vegas with an innocent man framed for the murder. His digging leads him to a computer mastermind with access to secret data that not only lets him choose his victims, but allows him to track McEvoy's movements as well. Michael Connelly's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "Connelly's thriller is an addictive read that, once it grabs you in those first few pages, won't let go of you. While Connelly is not a literary writer, there are no flights of lyrical fancy here or profound, existential truths, what he provides is high-grade entertainment. If you're looking for a satisfying summer read, The Scarecrow should fit the bill."