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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.
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.
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.
Totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Highly recommended! Good story development even up to the end.
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.
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......
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have read all of Michael Connelly's books including his one non-fiction. This is the only one that I find truly disturbing, not because of the writing, but because of the content. It seems to have been written in a hurry and parts of the book are stagnant. The fact that DNA can be so abused bothers me only because I have take one of those tests and now have begun to wonder where my DNA has gone. I think the facts produced in this book are what is keeping me up nights. Very realistic, perhaps a bit too much.
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.
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.
I am getting sick of all these violent crime novels about women being the targets of serial killers. This one is well-crafted, carefully plotted and builds suspense. Connelly has gone back to writing about Jack McAvoy, a main character who appeared in some of his early books. Connelly does a good job creating the world McAvoy lives in, the people he works with and the dilemmas he faces in his work and social life.
Not as good as older novels. Jack McEvoy somehow irritates-his mind is only on getting credit for his media contributions. Rachel's character is weak. Some of the action, like the final crash which kills the villain but spares the hero is over the top. But the genetics and incel ideas are interesting. Two stars.
3,5 - 4 stars. Interesting subject, genetic tracing, but characterization not as real as other series. Main character (McEvoy) quite flawed.
This is one of the best suspense books I have read in a long time. Had to NOT read before trying to sleep!!!
This book held my attention the whole time I was reading it. This is an example of why Michael Connelly is on my list of “Favourite Authors”. I now wait for the next one patiently.
I've really enjoyed Michael Connelly's other books. Tried to give this one a chance, but after somehow getting through a third of the book, I couldn't force myself to read any further - this one was returned without finishing.
This book is amazing. I don't know how Michael Connelly just gets better and better. Fair Warning caused me to re-read the other books in the McEvoy trilogy. If you haven't read the others, run, don't walk, to your local library, book store or Amazon.