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
Branch Call Number: F CONNELLY
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 24 cm.


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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......

Nov 02, 2020

Read in libby

Oct 26, 2020

Part of a non connected trilogy with Book 1 The Poet, Book 2 The Scarecrow and Book 3 Fair Warning. All feature newspaperman Jack McEvoy as the lead and have alternating sections of Jack and the criminal.
Got a bit deep in the DNA info, but overall the story was good. Much more intense story than Harry Bosch series.

Oct 24, 2020

I’ve read all Mike Connelly’s books. Like the Harry Bosch books best. This one was good enough for a quick read. Thought the DNA stuff was the most interesting and really a little freaky in the it’s probably for real category.

Started out quite good, especially compared to several of his most recent books. Was hoping he was back to something close to his old form but then the last ~60 pages were a let down again. So I’m still more off-again than on-again with Connelly but I still find his books worth reading even though I haven’t loved one in quite a while.

Sep 20, 2020

I have read every Connelly book since Black Echo. Behind the drama and vivid characters, you can feel the author's passionate belief in humanitarianism and a just society. And this latest book just brought it to a new level!
I couldn't put down the book from page one. And the subtext on the eroding of freedom of the press and the respect of objective journalism, and their potential impact on a just and pluralistic society lingered in my mind long after I closed the book.

Sep 14, 2020

Crime Fiction fans will love this thrilling hunt for a serial killer

Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020

This thriller is about the hunt for a terrifying serial killer, who selects his victims, by using crowd sourced DNA profiles. The gene he is looking for should never be able to be matched to a specific donor. But in reality, we live in the wild wild west of genetic databases, and oversight is minimal. Once you submit your DNA, your privacy can't always be guaranteed. The implications of this can have real world consequences, some of which, have yet to be conceived.

Michael Connelly is one of the few really prolific bestselling authors authors who has never disappointed me. Despite FAIR WARNING being his 34th novel, the book is is a page turning thriller, that is fascinating, relevant and plausible, never veering into the realm of outlandish or unbelievable. I don't like crime fiction that makes me raise my eyebrows, and think "REALLY?!! Well that could never happen!!"

FAIR WARNING is a very current serial killer novel that doesn't require you to suspend belief. It is a police procedural in every aspect, except that the one following the clues is a seasoned reporter. The reporter works for the publication FAIR WARNING, a consumer watchdog publication. Both FAIR WARNING and its editor Myron, play a significant role in the novel, but neither is fictional.

Perhaps it is these nonfiction aspects to Connelly's books, along with his extensive research and deep understanding of policing, that keep his writing so level, logical and believable. None of that interferes with his ability to churn out a novel featuring current technology that will pull in the reader and keep you vested in the plot, all the way through.

Connelly is just an excellent writer, who proves it time and time again.

This police procedural is a true THRILLER!

Aug 30, 2020

Jack McEvoy is an investigative journalist trying to track down a serial killer. The story revolves around how anyone can now use DNA testing to find personal heredity information, and how bad actors might be able to misuse the information to harm others. Jack does a good job of tracking down the story and the bad actors, even though he often steps on his allies and himself in the process. For me, the story ran out of gas toward the end and perhaps wrapped up a bit too neatly. I still found it to be an entertaining read however and won’t hesitate to pick up the next Connelly novel and place it at the top of my reading list.

Aug 20, 2020

I think the genetics plot line in 'Fair Warning' is a good device for the return of the somewhat diminished hero, Jack McEvoy. It's been 24 years since 'The Poet', the first Jack McEvoy novel, and 11 since the second, 'The Scarecrow'. That is just too long. I barely remember him, and that's never good for a main character.

I found it interesting that the book title, 'Fair Warning', comes from an actual consumer reporting news site, that Michael Connelly is currently on its board of directors and, is in fact, a former newspaper reporter himself.

That Connelly was a reporter and not in law enforcement in real life actually makes it easier to understand how Jack McElvoy came to be than it does Harry Bosch, Mickey Heller and Renee Ballard, two police officers and a lawyer. It makes me more appreciative of just how good those novels are.

I predict we are going to see more Jack McEvoy books. 'Fair Warning' moved along really well, but Jack needs to step it up a bit. I don't think some readers will understand a reporters need to protect his work from circling vultures. Jack, with his front, center and often whiny petulance, did nothing to warm readers to that need or him.

3.5 stars

Aug 19, 2020

I am a big fan of Michael Connelly. This book is not one his best in my mind but, to be fair, the story is interesting and well told, as usual. I usually give a book 100 pages - if I am not hooked by then, I give up. I was around 25 pages in and sitting on the fence. Then I got hooked. Characters are generally great, the whole DNA issue was eye-opening, and the chase was great. The central character, Jack McEvoy, made me nuts throughout. He is a flawed human being and a repeat offender in relationships - he subverts his own best interests and then is pathetic at trying to make things right afterwards. To his credit he is smart, motivated, incredibly persistent, and something of the proverbial "bull in a china shop." The story plot is worth the read despite Jack's flaws. And PLEASE be sure to read the Author's 1-page note at the end. I have never seen this before and was very and pleasantly surprised to see it. Worth the read.

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