Fair Warning

Fair Warning

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Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he's ever encountered. McEvoy investigates -- against the warnings of the police and his own editor -- and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. But his inquiry hits a snag when he himself becomes a suspect. As he races to clear his name, McEvoy's findings point to a serial killer working under the radar of law enforcement for years, and using personal data shared by the victims themselves to select and hunt his targets.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316539425
0316539422
Branch Call Number: F CONNELLY
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 24 cm.

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heinrichpenner
Jun 16, 2021

Sheila described it best - fatigue set in early on -

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empbee
Jun 05, 2021

Fast moving, intriguing story of modern science and its use and abuse.

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FirstAmendment
Mar 25, 2021

Reading the first third of the book, I was optimistic this would be a good read. I thought maybe the author was suffering from Bosch fatigue and that he'd get his mojo back by dragging out the Jack McEvoy character from long ago.

In today's world it seems rare for a news reporter/writer to engage in investigative journalism of violent criminals instead of parroting press releases, and for the FBI to chase dangerous criminals instead of headlines. The novelty of a story about that kind of reporter and FBI drew me into the novel at first, like reading about ancient history or an alternate universe.

But the story got weaker as it went along and I lost interest in it. Like others have written, there is a lot of detail, but not much else. Increasingly, I skimmed it. By the last third I just looked at each page to see what it covered and skipped the details for most of them- I just wanted to find out the ending and be done with it. Less and less do I look forward to the next work from this writer, which is sad. They were so good for so long.

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harrybosch
Feb 16, 2021

This is one of Connelly's best in recent years. There has not been Jack McEvoy book since "The Scarecrow" in 2009, and a lot has changed in McEvoy's life. Rachel Walling, an old aquaintance and amour of Harry Bosch makes an appearance, and a lot has changed for her too. This books brings out the overall lack of security, and safeguardingof privacy of DNA sampling, and many of the hidden dangers of DNA storage, the DNA Ancestry business, and of Cell phone spying and tracking, internet fraud, and many more things that now violate our personal privacy. Much scrutiny is required of these things, and governments everywhere are moving much too slowly and doing very little or nothing to remedy that. I gave this book only 3 stars because it has a bit too much of fine details, and general filler. McEvoy is at times a very irritating personality, and his own worst enemy. All in all, a worthwhile read from Connelly who has been slipping a lot in recent years. I'd like to see another Mickey Haller ( a.k.a. The Lincoln Lawyer) book from him.

JCLHilaryS Jan 04, 2021

Fair Warning is a fast-paced and thrilling mystery featuring reporter Jack McEvoy. No longer writing for a print newspaper, Jack now focuses on consumer affairs for an online publication. He becomes entangled in the murder of a woman he knew from a one-night-stand when he is questioned as a suspect. His curiosity is instantly piqued and he goes on the hunt for more information and uncovers a killer using genetic data to find and stalk his victims.

While still plot driven with strong character development, what marks McEvoy apart from Connelly’s other characters is that McEvoy isn’t the confident, self-assured person that Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller or Rene Ballard are. He messes up - a lot. And he knows it, but can’t seem to stop himself. And he frequently doubts his own actions. Fans of the other series will enjoy the familiar pacing and style.

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Catlady10
Dec 10, 2020

Totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Highly recommended! Good story development even up to the end.

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SeattleSaul
Dec 01, 2020

A killer mystery that takes you through all the details to an exciting climax. Filled with newspaper and police jargon, explained for the uninitiated. The main character is nicely flawed, and that makes him believable. If you get lost in the details, there is a good summary, written for the e-tabloid of the title’s namesake, to sum it all up. There are a couple of “I wonder about that” moments in the story, but none that derail the thrust of the narrative.
This story is by a well-published, experienced writer that kept me reading, although I normally do not read such stories. The facts presented about DNA are, as far as I know, correct. All the common e-technology we have today (most of which I don’t use) are available to the characters and seem correct and in line with the time of the story. I enjoyed the scenes in Los Angeles County, CA, where I grew up.

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Sheila1975
Nov 14, 2020

thought this was going to be a real page turner. It was not that at all-I was really disappointed in this book. It was certainly not put together well, as some of his other great stories!
There was way too much detail in the book-I was skimming through the seemingly endless pages of detail that could have been condensed way, way down. I gave up-it didn't hold my interest for very long- I returned it after less than 100 pages. Normally I give all of my books a good amount of time to get going, but not this one!!!
I don't recommend this at all......

louey Nov 03, 2020

My first Jack McEvoy book now I'll have to read them in order.
As always I could not put this book down.
I specially liked that Jack is a journalist -different from Michael's other books -police, lawyer.
I learnt so much about DNA and the lack of control around it-certainly opened my eyes .
a rollicking murder mystery

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rbkrahl
Nov 02, 2020

Read in libby

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