Publication: 26th May 2020 – Orion
HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU?
Jack McEvoy is a reporter with a track record in finding killers. But he’s never been accused of being one himself.
Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero. The next thing he knows, the police are at his house telling Jack he’s a suspect in her murder.
Maybe it’s because he doesn’t like being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Or maybe it’s because the method of her murder is so chilling that he can’t get it out of his head.
But as he uses his journalistic skills to open doors closed to the police, Jack walks a thin line between suspect and detective – between investigation and obsession – on the trail of a killer who knows his victims better than they know themselves…
The Jack McEvoy novels introduced me to the world of Michael Connelly. A few years ago, I was at a bookstore and I picked up a copy of The Poet, the first novel featuring Jack McEvoy, a reporter investigating the death of his brother. After I finished reading The Poet, I quickly picked up the sequel, The Scarecrow, in which Jack chases a dangerous killer. Then I read a few of Harry Bosch novels, but I always had a soft spot for Jack McEvoy so I got really excited when I heard that a third novel was on the way.
In Fair Warning, Jack is no longer a crime reporter, but he works on consumer protection stories, which is not as much exciting as chasing killers so Michel Connelly brings a murder investigation right at Jack’s door. One evening, Jack arrives home to find two LAPD detectives waiting for him. A woman Jack had met a year earlier has been murdered and his name came up during the investigation. Of course, Jack finds himself deep in the investigation chasing a serial killer that he is more dangerous than he can imagine.
Michael Connelly is one of the best at writing a crime story, with intricate plots and full of twists. In Fair Warning, he addresses themes of DNA testing, genetics, and the lack of government control over them that makes for an interesting, but also scary read. I really like the character of Jack McEvoy (although sometimes I don’t agree with his choices) and I was really happy to see the return of a former character.
Fair Warning is a terrific, suspenseful and unputdownable crime story that can be easily read as a standalone, although I highly recommend reading The Poet and The Scarecrow, not only because they are gripping reads, but to better understand the protagonist of the series. Fair Warning is out today so go and buy a copy. In the meantime, I am hoping for a fourth Jack McEvoy novel in the future…
A huge thank you to Orion and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.