Michael Connelly’s Fair Warning is a Cracking Crime Novel – Don’t Miss This

Michael Connelly’s Fair Warning is a Cracking Crime Novel – Don’t Miss This

Stalwart journalist Jack McEvoy – the hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow – tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar – until now – in this thriller from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Jack McEvoy is now working for non-profit news organisation and consumer protection website Fair Warning (which actually exists – check it out). He has taken down killers before, but when Tina Portrero, a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, he realises he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he’s ever encountered. The novel opens with a visit from the police, questioning him about his whereabouts the night of the murder, and taking DNA samples. It’s here that he finds out she was murdered in a particularly unusual and gruesome way.

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. Apart from all being murdered in a similar manner, the victims had all undergone DNA testing by the same company. But then Jack himself becomes a suspect, and as he races to clear his name, his findings point to a serial killer who uses personal data shared by the victims themselves to select and hunt his targets.

Michael Connelly is the megastar bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series, now also on TV. There is a reason his books have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide, been translated into 40 languages and have won awards all over the world – because each and every time you pick up one of his books, you know he’ll deliver. And here is no different. Right from the opening page you’re propelled into a tightly plotted, polished crime novel with plenty of twists and turns you won’t see coming.

I really like Jack as the hero, he’s complex and compelling, and also the return of Rachel Walling, a former FBI profiler who helps Jack try to work out who killed these women. There are some disturbing themes here, including your data when you do DNA testing, the deep web and INCEL culture.

I stupidly picked this book up late at night. I should know better by now. Once you start, you can’t put a Michael Connelly novel down. Fair Warning is a cracking read with an ending that will leave you gasping. Seriously. It’s not just a novel – it’s a wild, full body experience that doesn’t let up until the final page. But don’t pick it up late at night unless you’re prepared for no sleep. You won’t put this one down.

 

 

 

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        Synopsis

        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.Called 'the Raymond Chandler of this generation' (Associated Press), Michael Connelly once again delivers an unputdownable thriller that reveals a predator operating from the darkest corners of human nature-and one man courageous and determined enough to stand in his way.
        Michael Connelly
        About the author

        Michael Connelly

        Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing - a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars.In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America.Connelly's books have been translated in 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.Michael lives with his family in Florida.Michael also makes regular appearances on the TV show Castle .

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