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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher Series #1)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great mystery

Being a NYPD rookie, Kansas transplant Ellie Hatcher works the boring minor leagues of inconsequential robberies unless of course you are the victim. However, her break to the majors occurs when she is assigned as the partner of charismatic Homicide Detective Flann McI...
Being a NYPD rookie, Kansas transplant Ellie Hatcher works the boring minor leagues of inconsequential robberies unless of course you are the victim. However, her break to the majors occurs when she is assigned as the partner of charismatic Homicide Detective Flann McIlroy who investigates the murder of Louisiana expatriate Amy Davis. The veteran sleuth believes a serial killer murdered Amy the brass disagrees but stays out of the way of Flann who has a higher than norm completion record in spite of the worst case assignments. His theory and the police scoffing at it hits personally home to Ellie, who believes her father, a Wichita cop, was slain killed by a serial killer he was investigating but his brass says otherwise.--------------- The only clue found on the victim apparently was placed there by the culprit. It leads the sleuths to FirstDate Internet dating. They quickly realize the FirstDate connection includes the murdered last year on this day Caroline Hunter. Ellie and Flann begin to look into the lives of other deceased females who died under similar circumstances. The FBI notices their efforts and Agent Charlie Dixon tries to end their investigation, which only encourages Flann and Ellie to dig deeper while their murderous felon switch MO to mimic her father¿s killer.------------- Flann and Ellie make a delightful pairing as a media seeking veteran and a shy rookie work a psychopathic serial killer case that both knows will haunt them long after they are finished. The FBI causing roadblocks is not new, but fans will not care as this cat and mouse encounter switches roles to the delight of the audience. Initially the cops are the felines and the predator the rodent, but once the culprit realizes Ellie is on the case, he becomes the feline and she (and her partner) the rodents. This is a terrific New York police procedural.------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being g

This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being great. As an example that won't be a spoiler - the detective is from the Midwest, living in NYC, but drinks Pittsburgh-based Rolling Rock Beer
. Doesn't fit her persona or the story line. Besides the small...
This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being great. As an example that won't be a spoiler - the detective is from the Midwest, living in NYC, but drinks Pittsburgh-based Rolling Rock Beer
. Doesn't fit her persona or the story line. Besides the small (many) details that could have been fine tuned, it is an good easy read. Not as intriguing as Lisa Unger or Tammi Hoag, and not as fun as Sandra Balzo or Shelly Fredman's crime/mystery books.

posted by EurekaDB on January 7, 2013

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great mystery

    Being a NYPD rookie, Kansas transplant Ellie Hatcher works the boring minor leagues of inconsequential robberies unless of course you are the victim. However, her break to the majors occurs when she is assigned as the partner of charismatic Homicide Detective Flann McIlroy who investigates the murder of Louisiana expatriate Amy Davis. The veteran sleuth believes a serial killer murdered Amy the brass disagrees but stays out of the way of Flann who has a higher than norm completion record in spite of the worst case assignments. His theory and the police scoffing at it hits personally home to Ellie, who believes her father, a Wichita cop, was slain killed by a serial killer he was investigating but his brass says otherwise.--------------- The only clue found on the victim apparently was placed there by the culprit. It leads the sleuths to FirstDate Internet dating. They quickly realize the FirstDate connection includes the murdered last year on this day Caroline Hunter. Ellie and Flann begin to look into the lives of other deceased females who died under similar circumstances. The FBI notices their efforts and Agent Charlie Dixon tries to end their investigation, which only encourages Flann and Ellie to dig deeper while their murderous felon switch MO to mimic her father¿s killer.------------- Flann and Ellie make a delightful pairing as a media seeking veteran and a shy rookie work a psychopathic serial killer case that both knows will haunt them long after they are finished. The FBI causing roadblocks is not new, but fans will not care as this cat and mouse encounter switches roles to the delight of the audience. Initially the cops are the felines and the predator the rodent, but once the culprit realizes Ellie is on the case, he becomes the feline and she (and her partner) the rodents. This is a terrific New York police procedural.------------- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Loved this book

    Great book...can't wait to read the next in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    very good

    I enjoyed reading Alafair Burkes series very much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

    Alafair Burke's writing style is detailed and comprehensive, very much like her father's, James Lee Burke. Her characters come alive and vibrate with reality. When she describes a crime scene it is as if you are almost right there with her main character, Detective Ellie Hatcher. I had been listening to and ran out of James Lee Burke's audiobooks so I thought I'd give Alafair a try. Now I'm "hooked." They are a great listen while communting to and from work. If you live in NYC, you'll easily recognize the "landmarks," i.e., John Jay College of Criminal Justice and many of the seedier spots. Alafair also incorporates New Iberia, Louisiana, where many of her dad's epochs take place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Great book

    First book by this author. Will not be the last, recommend to all who like a good mystery,,,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    More, please!!

    Loved it

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    The first book in the Ellie Hatcher series by new to me author,

    The first book in the Ellie Hatcher series by new to me author, Alafair Burke introduces us to Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD Detective who is transferred to a new unit to help solve the murders of four women, who are all connected by an online dating site.




    I absolutely loved Ellie. She's strong but not arrogant or pushy. She has some demons in her past that she is battling surrounding the death of her father, also a cop, when she was a kid. She's tenacious but she is open and flexible to looking at the bigger picture.




    This story really packed a punch for me and as each layer was folded back and the reader learns more, the intensity levels increased as it became apparent how complex this story is.




    Ellie is also very likable. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her outlook on the world around her. She has a way with people that puts them at ease, from hardened cops who don't know what a sexual harassment policy is in place for all the way to suspects and potential romantic interests. Ellie can handle herself and I liked that she didn't allow the bad and the ugly side of her job drag her down. Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad and ugly that came out of left field and hopefully the second book, Angel's Tip, will prove to be just as entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Very entertaining

    I was disappointed with the first book she wrote but she has gotten better with each book and I really liked this one. I can't wait for the next!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    A Great Read!!! A++++++++

    I actually had the opportunity to see Alafair on tour this time. She is an outstanding presenter and highly engaging. Also, Dead Connection is impossible to put down. Alafair Burke is a real talent and her characters are always so well thought out. Ellie Hatcher is awesome... I absolutely loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

    Her best work yet.

    Great story. Burke gets better with each book. Really enjoyed this one.

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