Fair Warning
by Connelly, Michael

When a woman with whom he shared a one-night stand is found brutally murdered, veteran reporter Jack McEvoy tracks a serial killer who has been operating under the radar. By the best-selling author of The Poet. 750,000 first printing.

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-three previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Night Fire and Dark Sacred Night. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer series, and the Renée Ballard series, have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver, and the creator and host of the podcast Murder Book. He spends his time in California and Florida.

*Starred Review* Connelly's Harry Bosch is unquestionably one of the top dogs in today's crime-fiction world, but fans would be remiss to ignore the author's other lead characters, especially reporter Jack McEvoy, who 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, which gives technology-wary types a whole new thing to worry about: tracking ancestry through DNA samples. McEvoy becomes a person of interest in the murder of a woman he dated only once. He's innocent, of course, but, intrigued by the case, he starts digging, finding multiple similar instances in which women killed in the same way all had recently submitted DNA to a particular genetic-analysis provider. Yes, the provider boasts that the samples remain anonymous, but after they are sold to a poorly regulated secondary market, control is lost. That shocking premise leads to an even more shocking serial killer who targets victims through a site on the dark web managed by DNA-hacking misogynists. So much for anonymity. Connelly's own roots in the newspaper business run deep, and he is at his best when he's showing reporters digging for a complex story. Combine that with a genuinely nightmarish scenario, and you have a truly terrifying thriller.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The overwhelming success of Bosch, the Amazon original series now streaming its final season, has rubbed off on Connelly's novels. They've always been popular, but the last two were number-one New York Times best-sellers. Fair warning: here's three in a row. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

A first-rate case for Connelly's third-string detective, bulldog journalist Jack McEvoy, who's been biding his time since The Scarecrow (2009) as Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer have hogged the spotlight. The consumer-protection website FairWarning can't hold a candle to the LA Times, where Jack once plied his trade. The real problem this time, though, is that the cops come to Jack rather than vice versa, as a person of interest who had a one-night stand a year ago with Christina Portrero, whose latest one-night stand broke her neck. In fact, Jack quickly discovers, Tina was only the most recent among a number of women who died of atlanto-occipital dislocation—several of them erroneously listed as accidents, all of them clients of the genetic testing firm GT23. Why would sending out your DNA for genetic information put you at enormously increased risk of falling victim to a brutal killer who calls himself the Shrike? The answer to the question of how "predators now can custom-order their victims," which lies in the DRD4 gene, is guaranteed to make even the most hard-bitten readers queasy. Throughout his pursuit of the killer, the LAPD's pursuit of him, and his unwilling partnerships with fellow journalist Emily Atwater and former FBI agent Rachel Walling, Jack works the case with a dogged professionalism, a mastery of detail, and a scarred but oversized heart that puts most of his police procedural cousins to shame. Darkly essential reading for every genre fan who's ever considered sending a swab to a mail-order DNA testing service. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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