Fair Warning — It Could Happen

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Fair Warning is book 3 of Michael Connelly’s Jack McEvoy series. I don’t think that I’ve read either of the previous two books, but there was enough backstory to understand the broad strokes of what had happened earlier in the series.

Jack is trying to track down who turns out to be a serial killer, who is using DNA databases in a way it was never meant to be used to target his victims. From the research that I have done on DNA and the consumer genetics industry for my books, Connelly hits the nail right on the head with privacy issues and the non-regulation of this industry.

Interestingly enough, the consumer watchdog news company that Jack McEvoy works for, Fair Warning, is a real company, which Connelly is on the board of. The Editor of the Fair Warning in real life is also a character in the book. Kind of cool.

I understood that Mattson and Sakai obviously knew more about the circumstances of Tina Portrero’s murder than I did. But the questions about what happened between us a year ago seemed overly important to them.

Michael Connelly, Fair Warning

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.

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