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Fair Warning

Written by: Michael Connelly
Narrated by: Peter Giles,Zach Villa
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Publisher's Summary

The hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow is back in this thriller from number one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly. Jack McEvoy, the journalist who never backs down, tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar - until now. 

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.

Jack 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. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets.

Uncovering the murkiest corners of the dark web, Jack races to find and protect the last source who can lead him to his quarry. But the killer has already chosen his next target, and he's ready to strike.

Terrifying and unputdownable, Fair Warning shows once again why "Michael Connelly has earned his place in the pantheon of great crime fiction writers" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Kirkus Best Book of 2020

©2020 Michael Connelly (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

What the critics say

"There is no better news than a new book from the great Michael Connelly...Fair Warning brings back reporter Jack McEvoy, a character I always liked every bit as Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller or Renee Ballard...Connelly [is] at the very top of his game." (Mike Lupica, New York Daily News)

"Connelly is in terrific form here, applying genre conventions to the real-life dangers inherent in the commercial marketing of genetics research." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"A truly terrifying thriller...[Jack McEvoy] 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." (Bill Ott, Booklist starred review) 

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Amazing!!!

I have loved the other Jack McEvoy books and this one was just as good. Great characters, fast paced plot and great narration.

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Loved this book

Connelly has done it again. My favorite author. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down.

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Great story

This was a very exciting and yet troubling storyline. Having been a person who submitted my DNA to an ancestry site, the reality of what may happen to your private information is quite disconcerting. Overall, I did enjoy the story.
The only problem was with Peter Giles’s narration of Jack’s voice. It was very monotonous and I found myself drifting especially when too many facts were being listed. Luckily the action would kick in and my interest as back.

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Bit more than a page turner.

Connelly almost at his best here, finding a way to make essentially mundane investigative work interesting. There is more substance here than most novels in the genre and the writing is perfect for it. Doesn’t rely on silly twists but still manages to surprise.

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You have turned a non fiction lover

Compellingly and almost believable. With the DNA and the truth surrounding the non governance of that truly laid bare our vulnerability. Throw in a believable love story and the flawed character of the protagonist I was caught and landed.

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Amateurish for a Connelly Novel

The scenario that Michael Connelly develops (a serial killer using a Genetics database to select his victims) is backed up with excellent background research and cleverly incorporates plausible twists & turns. The pursuit of the killer is well-plotted and delivered with Connelly's signature unparalleled pacing.. ending with an exciting, violent climax. This book is undeniably a 'Jack McEvoy' offering - but compared to other of the novels, the delivery is somewhat subpar.
I admit that I can't quite put my finger on it, but the book somehow lacks the author's characteristic screenplay-like "cinematic" style.

Contributing to the awkward feel of 'Fair Warning' is capable but unspectacular narration from Peter Giles (reading ambitious reporter 'Jack') and Zach Villa (reading coldblooded killer 'The Shrike'). Both readers exhibit exemplary diction, timbre, cadence, and tone - backed up by creditable technical support from Hachette Audio engineers (including voice-disguising modulation at one point, for example) - but the voice-acting is a little bit stereotypical, accent attempts are occasionally pretty bad, and the tone is a bit overdramatic.

Altogether, this is an entertaining mystery-thriller that rates 8 stars out of 10. You absolutely should give it a listen - just don't expect to be blown away.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2020-05-26

Very Entertaining, as always

Fair Warning is the 3rd book in the Jack McEvoy series by the #1 New York Times Best-Selling and Award-Winning author Michael Connelly.

After the dramatic events in the two previous books, The Poet and The Scarecrow, we find journalist Jack McEvoy working for a small online paper in the City of Angels. But, when he becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation, things are getting complicated very fast. Who will be able to find first the elusive killer? The Police or a reporter with the necessary skills for this kind of work?


Two excellent narrators are on spot in order to bring to life all the interesting characters in Fair Warning. Peter Giles returns to his role as investigative reporter Jack McEvoy and delivers another strong performance, while Zach Villa is our creepy, soft-spoken bad guy. A very good selection of voiceover artists, for an extremely entertaining narrative experience.


Michael Connelly brings us another unputdownable mystery! Fans of his, or of the genre, Fair Warning will captivate and delight endlessly.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-05-27

Journalist Jack McEvoy is back!

Author Michael Connelly has released three novels in his Jack McEvoy series: The Poet in 1996, The Scarecrow in 2009 and now Fair Warning in 2020. In addition McEvoy has appeared as a minor character in two other Connelly novels. FBI agent and later ex-FBI agent Rachel Walling has appeared as a major character in all three Jack McEvoy series novels as well as five other Connelly novels. She has had serious relationships with both McEvoy and Harry Bosch.

FAIR WARNING is both a story about journalism and serial murder. As always with Michael Connelly it is a well written mystery with an excellent plot. I'm pleased to add it to my complete library of Michael Connelly novels.

Peter Giles does the lions share of the narrating with Zach Villa doing mostly the first person dialog of the primary antagonist. Both narrators are outstanding.

I very strongly recommend Fair Warning and every other Michael Connelly novel. He's as consistently good as or better than any other crime novelist except possibly Karin Slaughter.

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  • Vanessa Arizona
  • 2020-05-30

Peter Giles- yay!!!!!!

I am still reading 'Fair Warning'- but I wanted to post this review for any of my fellow Michael Connelly fans who exclusively listen to his books on audio. Peter Giles is such a relief from the monotone delivery of Titus Welliver. I own virtually every MC title on Audible, but listening to an excellent narrator like Giles or Len Cariou makes all the difference. If you're hesitating and have never heard a Peter Giles narration- get this book. Of course- it's certainly been a good read so far and MC always tells a pretty interesting story.

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  • Gary LA
  • 2020-05-27

A total disappointment

I have read/listened to every Michael Connelly. They have consistently very good/excellent until Fair Warning. The end of book finished with a wimper. It makes me feel like I’ve wasted my time. After 20+ books, Connelly finally disappoints.

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  • Randy in SAN
  • 2020-06-10

Connolly did not write this

This is the first book of his I have not loved. The writing was too simple, with lots of extra words and use of “he said” or “I said” at each speaker change. The action scenes were drug out to where I wanted to fast forward. Narrator’s gravely voice and juvenile tone made me sigh with relief it was over! I’m pretty sure Connolly had others help write this book. Sorry, because I’m a huge fan and read all his things twice! Not this one.

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  • D
  • 2020-05-26

ugh.have all michael connelly..this is 1st return.

returning...all his other books i have listened to several repeating times...hard time listening to this one even once..ugh

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  • Bev
  • 2020-06-14

Where is Michael Connelly? UGH

A "Fair Warning" is what we needed before starting this book. Are you sure Connelly actually wrote this? Narration was, at times painful. The attempt at a British accent fell terribly short. It was like listening to someone read a script from the very old T.V. series, Dragnet. I struggled to the end but it was hard. I will be returning the book. Sorry Michael. First one I've ever returned. Where are you?

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  • Dennis Krienke
  • 2020-06-10

Sub Standard for Connelly

This audio was worse than reading a book. Weak story and poor narration, sorry Peter

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  • Robenson
  • 2020-05-29

Jack McAvoy annoys me

first of all, I love the story very much; however if you don't like reporters you will hate the main character. I hate the fact that he'd do anything for a story, and always whining about "my story, my story".. other than that great book

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  • LeAnn
  • 2020-05-27

Nail Bitting Experience

Extremely engaging, as Connelly always is, with grizzly twists and turns throughout. It was ably performed at all times. I do hope Mr. Connelly has more Bosch books in the mix. I missed the wonderful characters her has so diligently developed. I hope this is a strategy to keep us wanting more. If not, he is the creative talent and I just hope he continues to write for his tribe.

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