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Dead Connection

An Ellie Hatcher Mystery by Alafair Burke

Dead Connection by Alafair Burke

Review: Alafair Burke introduces NYPD rookie detective Ellie Hatcher on the trail of an internet serial killer in Dead Connection.

To her surprise and delight, Ellie has been recruited to the Homicide Division by Detective Flann McIlroy to work with him on two murders that share some striking similarities. The slaying of Carolyn Hunter took place just one year to the day before the killing of Amy Davis. Both young women were in their thirties, beautiful, and well-educated with a brilliant future ahead of them. Both victims were shot twice in the back of their head. And both were members of an online dating service, There was a note left on Amy's body by the killer admitting to the murders and promising many more to come. Like his victims, he, too, used the Internet, logged on to, provided fake names and bogus e-mail identities, and used stolen credit cards to pay for the service. He enticed the women he found attractive with an altered photo of himself, lies about himself, and promises of love. Ellie puts herself in this dark, forbidding world of crime on the Internet knowing it is her duty to unearth the killer before he finds and kills her.

This fast-paced thriller is exciting from start to finish. Burke has created a credible character in Ellie Hatcher, the small town daughter of a slain cop whose ambition took her to New York where she worked diligently to prove her mettle and is ultimately put on a high-profile case. The sophisticated plot in Dead Connection and Ellie's role in the investigation (which eerily begins to resemble the case that resulted in the death of her father) together provide a promising introduction to this new series.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Dead Connection.

Acknowledgment: FSB Associates provided an ARC of Dead Connection for this review.

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Harper (Hardcover), April 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061561221; ISBN-10: 0061561223

Location(s) referenced in Dead Connection: New York City

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Dead Connection by Alafair Burke

Dead Connection by An Ellie Hatcher Mystery

Publisher: Henry Holt
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-7785-8
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List Price: $19.95

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