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Fair Warning

Narrated by: Peter Giles, Zach Villa
Series: Jack McEvoy, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 realises 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.

©2020 Michael Connelly (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Meh

Jack McEvoy is the kind of protagonist that keeps me rooting for the bad guy. He’s just such a whiner.

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Great story idea

Love the theme throughout the story, at times Jack can be a frustrating character, stubborn. Found the story subject interesting based around DNA and how Michael Connelly worked it around the murders. Going to check out Fair Warning now, great story.

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not as good as bosch

narrator was good but the story was that exciting. the Bosch series was so much better

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Not the usual Michael Connelly masterpiece

I found this story difficult to listen to. The constant use of "he said, she said" was frustrating and unnecessary. I have avidly read all of Michael Connelly's previous books and although the story had substance, this didn't feel as if it was written by him or to his usual standard (sorry Michael). Perhaps it was just that the audible version wasn't as good as reading the book myself.

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chapters are cut off

Chapters 7 and 9 end mid sentence. I suspect more. where is the quality control?

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Quick paced and exciting did it again by Connelly

Like good Michael Connelly books, this one is intriguing and fast paced. 10 hours went by in a flash. A bit disappointed at the end (don't want to spoil the story) or would have been 5 stars.

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how hum

This is a tired story that I lost interest in quickly. Not up to the usual Michael Connelly standard.

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Rather testosterone filled story

I won’t be reading Michael Connellys books again. This one was so Americanised a one layered story with no interesting thoughts. Also the protagonist voice was really vanilla. I did finish it but was constantly sealing out loud complaining about it. I’m sure lots of people like his books just not me. 4/10

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  • Lia
  • 26-05-2020

Michael Connelly Delivers Again

I have every Connelly book in my library so I am a real fan and love most of his books. This book did not disappoint. Journalist Jack McEvoy works for an Internet news site called "Fair Warning" and usually investigates situations that affect consumers. When he's questioned by the LAPD about the homicide of a woman he had a one-night-stand with, he becomes interested due to the way she was killed. He senses there might be a story and finds that the victim also had told a friend that she had been a victim of cyber-stalking. Jack sets out to learn all he can about Tina Portero and soon finds himself down the rabbit hole. Soon he has information about four similar deaths and all of the women had turned their DNA over to a company known as GT23. All of them seem to be the work of one person -- The Shrike. This was great writing and lots of action with details galore. Although two other books by this author feature Jack McEvoy, this worked fine as a standalone. (I listened to THE POET and also THE SCARECROW again before the book was released to refresh my memory. Both great books) The listener is immediately drawn into the story and the well-drawn characters are believable as the narrative continues relentlessly to the climax. Who is the elusive Shrike and where will he strike next? The really scary stuff within actually has to do with the concern about the DNA that so many willingly put in an envelope and mail to these companies. For, you see, government oversight of the DNA analytics industry is a bit lax. Another interesting aspect of this novel is that, even though this book is a work of fiction, the news site "Fair Warning" actually exists and does watchdog reporting as described. The science is real. The dangers are real. Peter Giles and Zach Villa were wonderful with the delivery of the story

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  • mari van der westhuizen
  • 10-10-2020

Story to think about

Love Michael Connelly, all the cases and all his books have a moral behind it and it makes you this twice before you just jump into the unknown Thank you

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  • Smit Says
  • 27-05-2020

Chapters chop off 8 & 9 so far

I was really looking forward to this book and so far the storyline is engaging, exciting and it’s great to see Jack back. The actual editing of the story and narration is not doing the book justice. At the end of two or three chapters so far the narrator is cut off. We are losing a sentence or two of the work.

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  • **Rainbow**
  • 28-05-2020

Errors in audio editing

Enjoying the story so far, but as a previous reviewer has reported, chapters 8 and 9 cut off before the finish, haven’t got any further than that yet.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 26-05-2020

A bit dreary

I felt that this book is a little jaded, I am getting fed up with the self opinionated characters. The story was OK but I don't feel that I would have missed out on anything if I'd given it a miss.

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  • Paul J.
  • 17-08-2020

I tried so hard to finish it

First I like to say I am a big Harry Bosch fan, love the books. So I get that this needs to differentiate with that character. I enjoyed the first book, got through the second, but this one I have given up. Don't like the repeat story, don't like the character representation and the narration is a complete wind-up. I know I am typically English and tend to be a little laid back, but who goes through the day basically arguing and upsetting all around them. It is a constant theme and it grates. I know the narrator has most probably been instructed to read in that way, but my usual trick of speeding up the reading just to get through it doesn't work as the result is making him sound even more neurotic. The story and narration are dreadful and I don't get the overall 4.5 rating. I will try to finish it and come back if I get there...

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  • Matty
  • 08-07-2020

Can't like Jack MacAvoy

Unlike Connelly's other major characters (Bosch and Mickey Haller) its very difficult to like Jack MacAvoy who seems to want the story at all cost as opposed to doing whats right. Not my favourite, Bosch and Haller much better

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-05-2020

solid

It's Michael Connelly. There's no showboating. You get solid engrossing, forward-driving, wish I had time to listen to the whole thing today, story. Believable characters with their own voices, situations you can imagine happening, never a fault in the plot. Great stuff.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-2020

BullsEye !

Jack McEvoy Is A Complex SOB, Fighting For The Highest Stake - Truth. But C'Mon Connelly Why Keep Him & Rachel At Arms Length For Three Books. You Have An Untapped Opportunity To Delve Into The Great Mystery Of Love To CounterBalance All The Suffering. Great Job !

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  • Sören
  • 29-08-2020

Great listen

Hard to put down, stayed up late to be able to finish this one. Really nice to hear the Extra where the editor of Fair Warning is interviewed by Michael Connelly. Interesting site with an important mission.

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  • Audible customer
  • 16-08-2020

Another winner!

Another winner from my favourite author. The pace of the book is such that any minor weaknesses in the plot are barrelled over, almost unnoticed. The fact that, as the ‘hero’, Jack is not the sharpest knife in the block adds to authenticity. It looks as if we may see more of Jack in future novels, and I would like that. On to the next Bosch soon yippie!

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  • Jamie Mackay
  • 15-08-2020

great story

loved the whole thing. great overall story with some great points about today's world. excellent