Friday, December 11, 2009

Best Books of 2009: The Scarecrow

It's that time of year again, and your friendly neighborhood librarians are eager to tell you about the best books of 2009. Here is Sharon with a review of her favorite book of the year.

An acknowledged master among mystery writers, Michael Connelly consistently turns out a good read. Harry Bosch is one of those literary characters who has developed over the years and demands that we respect him, if not love him. But some of Connelly’s best writing occurs when he moves Harry to the background and focuses on another character. This is the case with The Scarecrow. Jack McEvoy, a newspaper reporter who has frequently wandered in and out of Connelly’s novels, is suddenly front and center. Despite his years of experience and achievements in the news world, Jack unexpectedly finds himself with a pink slip in hand. Embittered at the upcoming layoff, Jack decides to go out with a bang and starts looking for the ultimate story to report and it looks like he might have stumbled upon it. This is one of those books that had me waking up in the middle of the night and deciding I needed to read just a couple more chapters before going back to sleep…

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