The Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean Series #1)

The Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean Series #1)

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by Nancy Grace
     
 

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"Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just left...it was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor. Then quiet. She strained to hear in the darkness. Nothing more, and then... The air moved in the room and she knew. He was here."

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean'sSee more details below

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"Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just left...it was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor. Then quiet. She strained to hear in the darkness. Nothing more, and then... The air moved in the room and she knew. He was here."

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fianc, is murdered just weeks before their wedding. Reeling, she fights back the only way she knows how: In court, prosecuting violent crime...putting away the bad guys one rapist, doper, and killer at a time. But dedicating her life to justice takes a toll after years of courtroom battles and the endless tide of victims calling out from crime scene photos and autopsy tables. Just as she grows truly weary, a serial killer unlike any other she's encountered begins to stalk the city of Atlanta, targeting young prostitutes, each horrific murder bearing his own unique mark. This courtroom battle will be her last.

Hailey heads for Manhattan to pick up the pieces of the life she had before Will's murder, training as a therapist. In a vibrant new world, she finally leaves her ghosts behind. But then her own clients are brutally murdered one by one by a copycat using the same M.O. as the Atlanta killer she hunted down years before. As the body count rises across Manhattan, Hailey is forced to match wits not only against a killer, but the famed NYPD.

Unless she returns to her former life and solves the case, still more innocent people will die at the hands of a killer who plans to get her, before she can get him!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
TV personality and bestseller Grace (Objection! with Diane Clehane) makes her fiction debut with a less than compelling thriller starring a heroine much like herself, Hailey Dean, a highly successful Atlanta assistant DA who loses her fiancé to violence. After a final courtroom triumph, the conviction of chef Clint Burrell Cruise for the murder of 11 prostitutes, Dean resigns her prosecutor post and moves to Manhattan, where within two years she has a new career as a therapist. When someone starts to murder her patients with an m.o. similar to Cruise’s, Dean becomes a suspect. Rather implausibly, neither the NYPD nor Dean is aware that Cruise has been released from prison after the reversal of his conviction on appeal. Little inconsistencies, like calling Cruise “the most prolific serial killer ever to stalk the city of Atlanta,” even though many would award that dubious honor to real-life child-killer Wayne Williams (referred to in the text), don’t help. (Aug.)
Library Journal
TV personality Grace's (coauthor, Objection!) fiction debut starts out as a compelling story about an Atlanta-based assistant DA who wins her case against a serial killer. But as it tracks her relocation to New York, her second career as a therapist, and the murder of her young female patients by a copycat killer, subplots that seem at odds with the main story, any growth of suspense is hindered. An improbable ending further disappoints. However, Kate McIntyre's (A Life That Matters) exemplary narration—she makes each character distinct and unique—helps to mitigate the flip-flopping story lines. Recommended for followers of Grace and fans of James Patterson. [The Hyperion hc, published in August, was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller.—Ed.]—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO\
Kirkus Reviews
A prosecutor's past comes back to haunt her with a new series of murders in this slick but superficial celebrity-penned thriller. Hailey Dean has tried her last case. Although she identifies strongly with the victims of the criminals she prosecutes, the work is too close to home. Dean has been a workaholic ever since her fiance was murdered, a tragedy that sent her to law school and the Atlanta DA's office, and she needs a break. So after putting away serial killer Clint Cruise, she picks up the life she should have had-working as a therapist in New York City. But just as she begins to reawaken to life, and the possibility of new romance, someone starts killing her clients. To make matters worse, a keepsake from her old life turns up at a crime scene, implicating Dean. Mining her own life, including the murder of her own fiance, Court TV celebrity Grace (Objection!, 2005) has created a fast-paced thriller. But despite the action-which switches from Dean's viewpoint to the killer's cool fury-this fiction debut feels too formulaic and simplistic. The characters lack depth, with many of the minor players, such as a buffoonish judge, played as caricatures. And while Grace may know the ins and outs of the legal system, too many events defy belief. While Grace's fame and the real-life tie-in will probably sell this book, its by-the-numbers plot and characters won't keep them reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401394530
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Series:
Hailey Dean Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
380
Sales rank:
265,028
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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