The Resource Dead connection, Alafair Burke

Dead connection, Alafair Burke

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Dead connection
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Dead connection
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Alafair Burke
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eng
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Review
  • New York City is worlds away from Ellie Hatchers childhood home of Wichita, Kansas. While the rookie detective has come to feel at home in Manhattan, memories of her late father, a career Kansas police officer, remain in her mind. While his death was ruled a suicide, Ellie knows in her heart that Jerry Hatcher was yet another victim of the serial killer he worked so tirelessly to catch. As the novel opens, Ellie takes a special assignment with the NYPD homicide division to pursue a psychopath who preys on single women searching for love online. She must navigate a brave new cyberworld where personal lives are laid bare with the click of a mouse. This is the first stand-alone for Burke, author of three novels in the Samantha Kincaid series. Though she possesses many of the prose gifts of her father, acclaimed mystery writer James Lee Burke, the author here suffers from too many plot threads and enough characters for two books. Still, too much of a good thing is better than not enough. -- Allison Block (Reviewed 05-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 17, p18)
  • Adult/High School –New York Detective Ellie Hatcher has been recruited by a Manhattan Homicide Task Force to assist renegade detective Flann McIlroy (whose nickname “McIl Mulder” alludes to his unusual way of solving his cases). The two are on the trail of a serial killer who is using an Internet matchmaking company called FirstDate. Soon they are enmeshed in the world of Internet socializing where the users trust that their identities can be hidden, but the reality is that those with the right skills can track down anyone online. And people are dying. There are a lot of subplots involving Ellie’s family, other officers, the Russian mafia, and the FBI, and the plot twists and folds back on itself nicely at the end.–Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL --Jane Halsall (Reviewed September 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 9, p228)
  • P utting feisty DA Samantha Kincaid on hold after three novels (Close Case , etc.), Burke introduces a disappointingly dull heroine in 30-year-old NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher. Flamboyant homicide detective Flann McIlroy asks outspoken Ellie to assist in looking into the First Date case, a series of murders seemingly connected by the female victims' subscription to an online-dating site. Flann is relying on “curvy” Ellie as “date bait,” but also hopes that Ellie's past might help with the case: Ellie's father, a Wichita, Kans., cop, died under mysterious circumstances soon after bringing an infamous local serial killer, the College Hill Strangler, to justice. As Ellie and Flann dig deeper into the shady history of the dating site—and its potential link to the Russian mafia—Ellie realizes that the killer is taunting her just as the College Hill Strangler taunted her father. Ellie's character never quite gels, however, and her interactions with the suspects don't provide enough tension or heat to keep pages turning all the way through. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 7, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 19, p44)
  • /* Starred Review */ Burke (criminal law, Hofstra Law Sch.) takes a break from her terrific Samantha Kincaid legal thriller series (Close Case ) with this novel of Internet dating, murder, and high-tech mayhem. Young New York City Police Det. Ellie Hatcher is temporarily reassigned from the robbery division to assist maverick homicide Det. Flann McIlroy. McIlroy is trying to tie together the murders of two young single women and wants input from someone who can relate. An email found on the body of the second victim is traced to an online dating service called . After determining that both women were members, the detectives approach the online dating service about the men who had contacted the victims. But FirstDate is not especially forthcoming, and anonymous men make difficult suspects. Hatcher and McIlroy dig deeper, but more bodies start piling up, forcing them to widen their chase. (Along the way, they end up in New Iberia, LA, in a lovely homage to the author's father, crime writer James Lee Burke.) This stunning thriller ends with a tantalizing glimpse into what is sure to be a highly anticipated sequel (the publisher calls it a standalone). Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/07; see interview with Burke on p. 70.—Ed.]—Stacy Alesi, Boca Raton, FL --Stacy Alesi (Reviewed May 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 8, p69)
  • Novice NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher worked low-level robberies until she was whisked to the homicide division and plunged neck-deep into a series of killings in this addictive thriller.Kansas native Ellie becomes a cop after following trouble-prone brother Jess to the Big Apple. The daughter of a slain police officer, Ellie remains haunted by his death and his department's refusal to classify it as a homicide at the hands of a serial killer he was investigating. Soon she's picked to partner on a murder case with Det. Flann McIlroy, known for his maverick techniques. McIlroy is after the killer of Louisiana transplant Amy Davis. McIlroy believes Amy's killer has struck before and will do so again. Amy was brutally strangled outside her apartment, and her pocket carries a clue placed by the killer—one that leads investigators to an Internet dating service called FirstDate. They soon determine Amy isn't the only murder victim with a FirstDate connection. Beautiful writer Caroline Hunter, killed exactly one year before Amy, joined FirstDate to research a book on online romances. Ellie and Flann must dig deep into the past lives of four dead women, and in doing so, they attract the attention of the FBI. But the federal agency seems curiously bent on blocking their murder probe, especially Agent Charlie Dixon and his supervisor. Forbidden love, a retired cop, Russian gangsters and secrets from the victims' pasts converge in Burke's intricately-plotted, fast-paced fourth (Close Case, 2005, etc.). The attractive Ellie makes for a flawed but likeable heroine—smart, good with details, but ultimately capable of an error with devastating consequences. Holds the reader's attention from first word to last, and begs for a sequel. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
159666
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Burke, Alafair
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.U755
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
Ellie Hatcher novels
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Online dating
  • Serial murderers
  • Detectives
  • Murder
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Man-woman relationships
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
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Dead connection, Alafair Burke
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9780805077858
Lccn
2006052559
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780805077858
Label
Dead connection, Alafair Burke
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9780805077858
Lccn
2006052559
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780805077858

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