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Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Jack investigates against the warnings of the police and his own editor, walking a thin line between investigation and obsession, and makes a shocking discovery, connecting the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. But then he himself becomes a suspect, and as he races to clear his name, Jack's findings point to a serial killer who uses personal data shared by the victims themselves to select and hunt his targets.
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"A truly terrifying thriller... [Jack McEvoy] has appeared in only two previous novels, but they are two of Connelly's best: The Poet and The Scarecrow. McEvoy makes it three for three with this riveting tale."--Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
"Connelly is in terrific form here, applying genre conventions to the real-life dangers inherent in the commercial marketing of genetics research."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Darkly essential reading for every genre fan who's ever considered sending a swab to a mail-order DNA testing service."--Kirkus (starred review)
"Intruiging... Throughout his outstanding thrillers, Michael Connelly has expertly weaved contemporary issues into solid plots... Connelly also has achieved this in his novels about journalist Jack McEvoy, who makes his third most welcome appearance in Fair Warning."--Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Like all of Connelly's novels, Fair Warning is a satisfying adrenalin rush."--Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"Score another one for the dean of America's crime writers... Fair Warning sheds light on the murky billion-dollar world of DNA testing... the subject [is] ripe for a good mystery. And Michael Connelly is just the guy to write it."--Sandra Dallas, Denver Post
"There is no better news than a new book from the great Michael Connelly... Fair Warning brings back reporter Jack McEvoy, a character I always liked every bit as Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller or Renee Ballard... Connelly [is] at the very top of his game."--Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
"[A] fast-paced thriller, written by a master of the genre."--Christina Ianzito, AARP --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B081ZR4TYF
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (26 May 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1201 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,076 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having said that, the quality of the writing is certainly at Connelly’s high standard. Knowing that Michael often draws on actual events I was hoping that there was some fantasy in the use and misuse of DNA testing which is at the heart of the plot in this book. Throughout I felt that the reader was being warned of future possibilities of this misuse. Only on turning the last page did I find that the website is in fact real, it exits, and according to the author’s note the DNA science in the novel is current.
In the note, Connelly also admits to being on the board of FairWarning.org and appeals for donations. This cost a star in my review because I felt a bit used and I thought it explains why there are two novels this year. For years there has been only one, later in the year.
I have to admit it is a great plot idea, but something is amiss with the characters. This is not the same Jack McEvoy we met in The Poet and his relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend, former FBI agent Rachel Walling is a little off-key, a little too immature.
I have loved every Michael Connelly I have ever read – except this one. And I can understand why some reviewers have wondered if a ghost writer wrote this one for Connelly. I found it hard to get into.
McEvoy's whiny pursuit of Rachel Walling grates.
Connelly's agenda seems to be the failing newspaper industry at the expense of the story
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On the other hand, the material never really caught my imagination and the characters, with the possible exception of the rather self-centred McEvoy, have little depth or interest. It is difficult to be held by events if the people involved are unable to excite any real sympathy or empathy. I found them disappointingly wooden. It may be that what Connelly has written here might translate to a cinema script more effectively, especially if good actors could flesh out the characters. I’m told that the Bosch series are much better, so I shall not give up on Connelly yet.
This book proved to be yet another instance of that failing. Having bought it on the day it was published, I had originally planned to leave it for a little while, thinking it would be nice to have something to look forward to. I genuinely intended to put it to one side for a while … and I did … for at least three hours after it was delivered. Then, however, temptation got the better of me (not a concept I have been unfamiliar with over the last fifty odd years) and I simply plunged in.
I do worry when an author I like brings out a new book – there is always the fear that the weight of expectation might prove too great, and the book won’t live up to them. After all, an author as prolific as Connelly might be expected to waver every now and again. Fortunately, however, he hasn’t wavered here.
The ageing Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is given a rest (perhaps he is on furlough), and the protagonist this time around is the journalist, Jack McEvoy, I would be interested to know to what extent McEvoy is grounded on Connelly himself, as I know the author started out as a journalist covering the crime beat in L<os Angeles.
Jack McEvoy has appeared in a couple of novels before, and will be familiar to readers of [The Poet] and [The Scarecrow], in each of which his journalistic endeavours led to the recognition of active serial killers. This time around he is working for the Fair Warning website which conducts investigations into areas of consumer concern. Away from the main crime beat, he is brought into the case because a former acquaintance is found dead with unusual neck injuries. McEvoy is contacted by the police as a ‘person of interest’ and, true to form, manages to fall foul of the investigating detectives, which leads him to look into the case further on his own account.
As ever with Connelly, the plot is fast moving, but always underpinned with procedural viability and overall plausibility. McEvoy is far from perfect, and finds himself straying down some red herrings. He is, however, always open to advice and support, and finds himself ably assisted by his former partner Rachel Walling (one of my favourite characters from the so-called ‘Universe of Harry Bosch’) as well as one of his colleagues from the website
This is another welcome addition to the Connelly canon. My only regret now is that I read it too quickly, and will probably have to wait another year for the next one.