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Published by Faber & Faber in paperback, 2 October 2014. ISBN:
The kind of traffic-stopping looks that do well in a beauty pageant can
be an asset in some circumstances, but they’re maybe not so useful to a
policewoman. They’re a burden Ellie Hatcher, rookie detective and lead
character in Dead Connection, has to carry as she forges a career in the
with a possible serial killer who is targeting women through a dating website,
Ellie and her eccentric new work partner meet a series of dead ends and
resistance as they pick apart the few clues they manage to unearth.
all a lot more complicated than it appears: it’s far from obvious who is on the
side of the angels, and the true villains take a long time to emerge. Drugs,
corruption, money laundering and computer hacking all form part of a complex
web of intrigue, and eventually it’s left to Ellie to uncover the truth –
though the nature of truth in the eyes of some of her fellow detectives is
another conundrum in itself.
Burke is an author who has been on my must-read list for some time, and she
more than lives up to hopes and expectations in this pacy, highly readable
book. Villains and heroes alike are complex and flawed, and have that quality of
a life which continues off the page. New York, the city Ellie has fallen in
love with, is almost a character in itself, with its sleazy nightclubs and
smart bars, not to mention the malodorous streets, dangerous to the unwary,
teeming with life both high and low.
was fortunate that my first taste of the author’s work was the first in a new
series. Ellie Hatcher has a lot going for her: a private life that promises to
become more interesting as it develops, and a robustly straightforward approach
to her career which I have no doubt will inform future cases she becomes
involved in. There’s also a small cast of recurring characters with plenty of
potential of trip her up as more of her complicated past history reveals itself
look forward to following Ellie Hatcher’s progress.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Alafair Burkeis a graduate of Stanford Law School and a former
Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, she is now a Professor of Law at
Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.She is the author of “two power house series”
(Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong,
believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective
Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair’s
novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America’s police precincts
and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by The Today Show, People
Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.