Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Thrilled to spend the final hours of her spring break in the VIP room of an elite Manhattan club, fresh-faced Indiana college student Chelsea Hart remains behind when her girlfriends call it a night. The next morning, joggers find her body in East River Park, her blond hair brutally hacked off.

NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher believes the group of privileged men last seen plying Chelsea with free-flowing alcohol most likely includes a murderer. But after building a tight case ...

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Overview

Thrilled to spend the final hours of her spring break in the VIP room of an elite Manhattan club, fresh-faced Indiana college student Chelsea Hart remains behind when her girlfriends call it a night. The next morning, joggers find her body in East River Park, her blond hair brutally hacked off.

NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher believes the group of privileged men last seen plying Chelsea with free-flowing alcohol most likely includes a murderer. But after building a tight case against a young hedge-fund manager, Ellie has her doubts, because Chelsea's slaying is eerily similar to three other murders from nearly a decade ago. Continuing the investigation long after the department brass is satisfied with their case, hard-headed Ellie plunges into a late-night party world of conspicuous wealth and hedonistic consumption to catch the real killer—unaware that a psychopath is watching her every move...and eager to kill again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Near the start of Burke's gripping second procedural to feature NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher (after Dead Connection), Ellie happens on the mutilated body of college student Chelsea Hart in East River Park while on her morning jog. Friends of the victim point the cops toward posh nightclub Pulse, located in the trendy Meatpacking district, where Ellie and partner J.J. Rogan are able to match a VIP's credit card receipt to young and arrogant investment banker Jake Meyers, with whom Chelsea was last reported seen. But pinning the case on him doesn't feel right when Ellie discovers similarities between Chelsea's murder and two others from years past. Meanwhile, local media keep getting hold of unreleased facts of the case, making Ellie's superiors suspicious of her romantic relationship with Daily Post crime reporter Peter Morse. Knowing the cops aren't on the right track lends a sense of dread to the plot. Burke leaves her principle characters little time to sleep; readers will relate. Author tour. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

New York City rookie police detective Ellie Hatcher, first introduced in Dead Connection, is out on her morning run when she discovers the corpse of a teenage girl who's been strangled, stabbed, and shorn of her blond hair. The 19-year-old had been visiting the Big Apple with friends and hitting all the clubs while on break from college. Her murder creates a whirlwind of bad publicity for the city, but the NYPD breaks the case very quickly-or have they? Turns out there are weird similarities to some cold cases that Hatcher's deceased partner had been checking out, and she is unconvinced they have the right perp. When another young woman is killed in a similar fashion, even the hunky district attorney has to admit the case has problems. Hatcher, meanwhile, is getting an uneasy feeling that somehow it's personal. Lots of suspense and plot twists galore keep the pages turning, but the story lines about Hatcher, her boyfriend, her brother, and her partner deserve the credit for making this novel a winner. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ5/15/08.]
—Stacy Alesi

Kirkus Reviews
Burke (Law/Hofstra Univ.; Dead Connection, 2007, etc.) scores on all counts in this thriller about a serial killer with a hair fetish. Pathos underscores the complicated second case Burke hands to NYPD cop Ellie Hatcher. On her bare knees in an alley outside a club in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, Indiana University student Chelsea Hart tops a spring-break night of booze and drugs with sex by fellating a man who resembles Jake Gyllenhaal. Chelsea never learned how dangerous the Big Apple can be for party kids. In a few hours, someone drops her slashed body beside the East River. Jogging nearby, Ellie comes upon the scene. Soon she's on the case and has a likely suspect under arrest. But several unsolved, cold cases unsettle Ellie. Since all of them involve victims with cut or hacked-off hair, she suspects a serial killer committed the crimes. She wonders why a superior scoffed at an officer who worked this theory a few years back. At home, Ellie's boyfriend Peter, a tabloid reporter desperate for a book idea, nags Ellie for details about the case, which he may be leaking to the paper. Everything goes on hold when a janitor at the club where Chelsea partied on the last night of her life confesses to her murder. But if he's the killer, then who is narrating a series of chilling scenes detailing plans to murder another young woman with a blond ponytail? When this victim's body turns up, her hair has been crudely styled to look the way Ellie's looked in a school photograph, and Ellie's initials have been carved on the victim's forehead. Ellie appears a likely target and one of the parties to the case appears a too likely suspect. Then Burke makes good on a solid buildup by pulling off abig surprise. Burke's brisk and ultimately suspenseful narrative offers wily and intricate plotting and sharply etched major and minor characters. Agent: Philip Spitzer/Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, Inc
Sandra Brown
"Alafair Burke is one of those rare writers whose books are both scary and cerebral. Complex plotting, multi-layered characters, a creepy serial killer - in Angel’s Tip, Burke has once again proven herself a terrific storyteller."
Faye Kellerman
"Angel’s Tip is a riveting read that snaps with the beat of New York. Be prepared for a knuckle-biting journey that’ll keep you turning pages until the very end."
Tami Hoag
"Alafair Burke has created a winning heroine in Ellie Hatcher, someone to root for not only in this book, but I hope in many more tales as yet untold."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061851841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Ellie Hatcher , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 19,230
  • File size: 548 KB

Meet the Author

Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke is the bestselling author of ten novels, including the thriller Long Gone and the Ellie Hatcher series: 212, Angel's Tip, Dead Connection, Never Tell, and All Day and a Night. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan.

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Angel's Tip


By Alafair Burke
HarperCollins
Copyright © 2008

Alafair Burke
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-0-06-156102-3



Chapter One The man leaned forward on his stool to make room for a big-boned redhead who was reaching for the two glasses of pinot grigio she'd ordered. He asked for another Heineken while the bartender was down his way, figuring he could enjoy a second beer before anyone in the restaurant bothered to take note of him.

He was good at blending into the background in even the most generic settings, but he certainly wasn't going to stand out here, given the commotion at the other end of the bar. Four men in suits and loosened ties were throwing back limoncello shots, their second round with the group of girls that had brought the man to the restaurant in the first place. Actually, his interest was not in all three-just the tall blond one.

He was used to taking more time with his selections, but he needed to find a girl tonight. This would be his first time on a schedule, let alone a tight one. NoLIta had seemed as good a starting point as any. Lots of bars. Lots of booze. Lots of beautiful young people trying so hard to have fun that they paid little attention to someone like him.

He had been wandering the neighborhood for about half an hour when he'd spotted the trio crossing Prince Street, the blonde the obvious leader. The other two were nothing special: one average-looking brunette in average-looking clothes; the other, petite one slightly more interesting with her close-cropped black hair and bright yellow dress.

But it was the tall blonde who was a head-turner, and she knew it. She wore tight black pants and a low-cut red satin tank over a gravity-defying push-up bra. Topping off the ensemble was a well-placed V-shaped choker necklace-the equivalent of a vertical arrow sign hanging from her clavicle, instructing, "Direct Gaze Here." And her hair was perfect-long, shiny, white-blond waves.

He'd ducked into Lord Willy's on Mott and perused the dress shirts while they'd passed, then continued his pace about forty feet behind them until they'd parked themselves next to the bar at Luna. Fortunately, the girls had been kept waiting for their eight o'clock table, so he'd had plenty of time to study the blonde up close before making a final decision.

He liked what he saw. He even had a chance to speak to her briefly when she split off from her friends to go to the restroom. That had been risky on his part. But her two gal pals were so smitten with the limoncello boys that they hadn't noticed the exchange.

He felt a twinge of disappointment as the hostess notified the girls their table was ready. Then he heard a male voice. "Stay for one more shot." Apparently the men in suits believed that plying the girls with drinks was going to get them somewhere.

Instead, the short girl in the yellow dress handed one of the men her cell phone and asked him to take a picture of the three friends. Mission accomplished, the brunettes followed the hostess to their table with barely a thank-you to their liquor-pouring benefactors. At least the blonde gave them each a hug before she trailed along.

The decibel level in the bar area fell noticeably in the wake of the girls' departure. The other patrons seemed relieved, but he took it as a signal to leave.

On Mott, he walked north toward Houston, forcing himself to adopt a leisurely pace. His car was parked only ten blocks away, and the girls would need at least an hour for dinner.

He had plenty of time.

(Continues...)




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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Gripping book...real page turner.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. This is one that is easy to get into and makes you want to find out what happened. I'm not very good at writing reviews, but I am great at reading books and at knowing good books. This one keeps your interest, is a bit off-beat, and takes a few turns.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

    Chip off the Old Block

    ANGEL'S TIP by Alafair Burke A first rate police procedural from the daughter of James Lee Burke. In this second Elli Hatcher outing, the newly assigned NYPD homicide detective is first on the scene at the discovery of the mutilated body of a college student. She and partner J.J. Rogan have an abundance of suspects that come into and then out of the picture as more evidence is unearthed that finally leads to a manhunt for a serial killer. Very nicely done and suspenseful to the end. Lets hope we continue to see more of Ms. Hatcher in the months and years ahead. Completely different from, but potentially as enduring as her dad's Dave Robicheaux.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    If you like crime novels this is your book.

    I first started reading Alafair Burke when her book 212 was a free friday book. I was hooked and have since bought books 1&2 in her Ellie Hatcher Series. If you like crime novels this is your book. You experience the case through their eyes and try to figure it out along with them. It is worth the money!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    This is a great lady cop story. I like this style of writing, very easy to read. I also feel the character development is good. Kept me guessing till the end. Karen in Indiana

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    Every author needs a great opening line for their book synopsis. I love this one: In a city full of victims . . . it's hard to choose just one.

    WHAT I LIKED: The main character, Ellie Hatcher, is a likeable and believable character. She's a straight shooter who can do things the easy way or the hard way. Regardless, she'll get results. She's smart, tough, aggressive, calculated, and pretty darn hot. But she also likes to drink Margaritas with friends and relax. I liked the chemistry with her brother Jess and new partner JJ Rogan. I appreciated the balance as its no fun to have a completely wound up protagonist. The minor characters were engaging and fun to watch develop. The victims were humanized and not treated as a prop to further the plot.

    Angel's Tip is a classic whodunit. Could the killer be someone from within the police force or one of the affluent young party boys in the elite Manhattan night club called the Pulse? Burke skillfully hides clues and integrates red herrings along the way to keep the reader guessing until the end of the book. The story took numerous twists and turns, as one by one the characters looked as if they could very well be the serial killer, until finally there was one man left standing.

    I like to write down the names of the characters, who they are, and what they do, then try to identify the killer as I progress through the book. Sometimes I can correctly identify the killer halfway through. Not this time. Although there were only two actual murders in Angels Tips, Burke did a wonderful job recalling three similar murders from the past and intertwining them throughout the story. Ellie, of course, made the connections and concluded there had to be only one killer responsible for all five killings.

    Alafair Burke's background as a deputy district attorney and as a teacher of criminal law is demonstrated in her ability to weave inner workings of a criminal mind, how the justice system works, the investigative process, and what works and what doesn't work into her story.

    Angel's Tip is based on real life murders of young women after a late night of partying in New York City and developed into a "What if" scenario. What if Ellie Hatcher caught cases like these and saw a connection where no one else did?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    very good book

    I hve enjoyed Ellie Hatcher's series, need more !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Very good reading.

    I have enjoyed all of Alafair's books-I like the characters and care what happens to them in the stories. I would recommend her and this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Terrific Read!!!!!!

    I only read the preview but immediately I was drawn into the storyline. I read 212 and simply loved it from start to finish. Alafair Burke is now one of my favorite authors. You are pulled into the suspense and mystery and then you just can't put the book down until the very last page. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    A fun, well writen crime story

    I have not had a chance to read a good crime novel in a long while, and from the description this book seemed like a good one to read. It took a while for the story to develop, and since I was not familiar with the main character from the previous novels by Alfair Burke, it took about hundred pages or so before I could care enough to be fully gripped by the story. However, once I had the full interest in the happenings, the book was hard to put down. Burke has a very well developed style that is precise and technically impeccable. The story has a feel of a combination of the "Law and Order" and "Silence of the Lambs." So if you are into either one of those two genres, this will be an interesting book to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2010

    This book was very good

    Really enjoyed it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Chip off the old block

    She learned well at her father's knee. Great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    Okay Suspense Novel

    Alafair Burke keeps her serial-killer story moving along well, though it bogs down in the sections involving the love/personal life of NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, a likeable enough protagonist. For me, though, the minor characters were more interesting and well-drawn. The book is based on a real-life incident of a young woman killed after partying late (and alone) at a popular dance club, and as such does a decent job with the fictionalized version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Excellent reading. She's getting better than her dad.

    Very well written-suspenseful. One of those books you don't want to
    put down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Burke rebounds with second Ellie Hatcher mystery

    Alafair Burke's Det. Ellie Hatcher returns after last year's disappointing 'Dead Connection.' Thankfully, 'Angel's Tip' is much better, maybe even one of the best crime novels of the year, so far. On a morning jog, Hatcher discovers the body of murdered college student Chelsea Hart, and the investigation soon leads to the trendy New York City club scene, where Hart was last seen with investment banker Jake Meyers, who immediately becomes the prime suspect. But Hatcher quickly discovers striking similarities to several cold cases, leading her to believe a serial killer is on the loose. And she also wonders why police brass dismissed the serial killer theory a few years ago, when those old cases were first being investigated. Meanwhile, leaked details about the current murder keep appearing in the local newspaper, complicating Hatcher's relationship with her tabloid reporter boyfriend, as well as her professional life when he's accused of being the source. Things really get interesting when a new victim is found, her hair style eerily similar to one Hatcher wore in an old school picture, with Hatcher's initials cut into her forehead. In addition to the suspenseful plot (which has a doozy of a twist near the end), all of the characters are interesting and believable - qualities that are sometimes missing from a lot of crime fiction. Highly recommended. Also recommended: 'A Stranger Lies There' - winner of the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery, its plot also leads to the New York City club scene.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    good bok

    Interesting police procedure book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down

    I loved this book! I read it without realizing that it was the 2nd book in the Ellie Hatcher series (so I hadn't read the first), but I still couldn't put it down and immediately ordered Dead Connection as well as all of the Samantha Kincaid series. I love this writer and am definately looking forward to more books by her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Another Hatcher Homerun!

    Chelsea Hart is an Indiana University student in New York City on spring break. She and her friends are out at a trendy night club on their last night in town. It's late and her friends are trying to pry her away from the club. Chelsea, however, doesn't want to leave yet so she talks her friends into returning to the hotel without her. It's a deadly decision. Chelsea isn't seen alive again. Ellie Hatcher is one of the first to find Chelsea when she and her brother Jess are out for a morning run. Ellie is back in NYC and back with the homicide department, this time as an official detective IN the department. She calls her new partner J.J. Rogan and tells him to get to the crime scene, they've just snagged a murder investigation. All seems great in NYC when a suspect is arrested and an air-tight case appears to be in order. But in the process of the investigation, Ellie discovers three cold cases her old partner Flann McIlroy had been looking into. Cases he believed were connected...and cases that look eerily similar to the Chelsea Hart case. Alafair Burke is back in prime form! She hit another Ellie Hatcher homerun with ANGEL'S TIP, the follow-up to Hatcher's debut in DEAD CONNECTION. Like Harlan Coben, Burke is a master of 'imitating life.' I love the pop culture allusions that weave throughout the plot. The nightlife, club scene in ANGEL'S TIP is one that is very foreign to me. BUT, Burke had me connecting with Ellie because that wasn't her scene either. I could FEEL her discomfort at wearing clothes that just weren't HER. The introduction of J.J. Rogan was a fantastic addition to the series. J.J. is a fun and rich character - and I'm not talking about his inheritance either. It's refreshing to have two relatively young, intelligent professionals working together - of opposite genders - who have great chemistry that doesn't necessitate jumping in the sack. Both Ellie and J.J. have such a realistic passion about their jobs as police detectives. The way Burke illustrates this passion you would think she was a New York City detective herself. Another point of realism that reminded me of how 'unreal' television can portray police work came when Ellie took off running after a suspect. J.J. was screaming for her to stop. She didn't have a protective vest on she didn't know if the suspect was armed they didn't have back-up - that wasn't correct procedure. Yet, we see that every night on the crime dramas and we expect it. But the 'correct procedure' sure does make a lot of sense. I always feel like I've learned something after reading a book by Alafair Burke. This point also reminded me why I like Ellie so much - she's human. She makes mistakes in the heat of the moment rookie mistakes, if you will. But she's also accountable for her mistakes. She doesn't need some Superman to come save her. There's even a point where the young ADA is with Ellie and she tells him she doesn't need a protector, he can go home. He informs her that he's there for HER to protect HIM! Priceless! All of this excellent character development and realism sets the scaffolding for a fantastic plot. There are twists and turns at every chapter. While at one point in the novel I suspected the culprit, Burke threw in so many twists that I ended up constantly oscillating trying to guess who the real killer was, 'well, it can't be HIM because...' 'hmmm, maybe it's HIM...' 'then again, it could be...'. Thrillers like ANGEL'S TIP are the only roller coaster rides I enjoy. I'd line up again and again to experience Alafair Burke's kind of thrill! Outstanding!!

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