Friday, June 19, 2009

THE SCARECROW by Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Once a hotshot in the newsroom, Jack is now in the cross hairs of the latest set of layoffs at the Los Angeles Times. He decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a sixteen year old drug dealer in jail after confessing to the brutal murder of a young woman found strangled in the trunk of her car. Jack plans to write abut how societal dysfunction and neglect created a teenage killer. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

When Jack connects the L.A. trunk murder to an earlier murder in Las Vegas, he is off and running on the biggest story he's had since the Poet crossed his path years before. This time Jack is onto a killer who has worked completely below police and FBI radar - and with perfect knowledge of any move against him.

What Jack doesn't know is that his investigation has inadvertently set off a digital trip wire. The killer knows Jack is coming - and he's ready.

This is an awesome story. I was able to follow the characters right along and not get lost or tangled in the story. What a great way to leave a job by going out with such a great story. I found I couldn't put a face to Jack but yet I felt I might know him. Extremely well written and to me over the top. Kept looking at the author picture and saying to myself "I can't believe you wrote this" in a good way. Story could very well be happening today. Another one read start to finish. I give it the top. 5 stars
GHOST WRITER by Travis Thrasher

Dennis shore thrills his readers with spooky best selling novels. Now a widower, Dennis is alone in his house. His daughter, Audrye attending college out of state. Stricken with writers block, Dennis is desperate for a story to meet his deadline. He does the unthinkable and claims someone else's story as his own. At the book signing he is greeted by a young man named Cillian Reed - the true author of the manuscript.

Harassment quickly spirals out of control. Threats escalate and Dennis finds himself on the brink of losing his career, his sanity, even his life. The horror he has spent years writing about has arrived at his door, and Dennis has no where to run or hide.

This author has truely kept me thinking "what's going to happen next" through out this story. I had to pause, wondering what was real and what wasn't; what was true and what wasn't while reading this book. Through out I felt a continium of family and love through the characters and what unspent grief can do to a person. I found this book to be excellent and was able to read it in one sitting. 4.75 stars
SANTA OLIVIA by Jacqueline Carey

There is no pity and no escape from Santa Olivia. In this isolated military zone between the U.S. and Mexico the citizens are powerless. Loup Garron is born, daughter of a man called "Wolf Man" who is genetically manipulated by the government to be a weapon. He was engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, stamina, senses, as well as a total lack of fear. Named for her vanished faher, Loup has inherited his gifts.

Frustrated by the injustices visited upon her friends and neighbors by the military occupiers, Loup is determined to avenge her community. Aided by her fellow orphans, Loup takes on the guise of their patron saint, Santa Oliva, and setsout to deliver vigilante justice-aware that if she is caught, she could lose her freedom--and her life.

This is a tale of lies, terror and love. A tale of being different. Seeing our innerself and overcoming the obstacles and differences from other people. Loup used the cover of a patron saint. What do each of us use?
What do I use? At one time, probably everything I could find. But I've grown up and learned to stand up for myself. At times I back down to not make someone else feel less than they should. This story is very empowering and unforgettable from start to finish. Reminds me of "Fire Starter". 4.25 stars