Jack McEvoy is a journalist working for a news internet site reporting on consumer issues. He appeared in two of Connelly’s previous novels, The Poet (1996) and The Scarecrow (2009) For some reason I don’t have the same emotional connection as with the author’s other characters, Bosch, Haller and co. Perhaps it is the long time gap between appearances, but I haven’t been able to read the McEvoy novels more than once, whereas I have read the others over and over again.
Having said that, the quality of the writing is certainly at Connelly’s high standard. Knowing that Michael often draws on actual events I was hoping that there was some fantasy in the use and misuse of DNA testing which is at the heart of the plot in this book. Throughout I felt that the reader was being warned of future possibilities of this misuse. Only on turning the last page did I find that the website is in fact real, it exits, and according to the author’s note the DNA science in the novel is current.
In the note, Connelly also admits to being on the board of FairWarning.org and appeals for donations. This cost a star in my review because I felt a bit used and I thought it explains why there are two novels this year. For years there has been only one, later in the year.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1088 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (26 May 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B081ZR4TYF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 59 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)