Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher Series #1)

Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher Series #1)

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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher Series #1) by Alafair Burke, Christopher Lane

When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to FirstDate.com, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City.

To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal. She fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a cop - back home in Wichita, Kansas, her own father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer.

When the FirstDate killer begins to mimic the monster who destroyed her father, Ellie knows the game has become personal for him, too. Both hunter and prey, she knows her only choice is to find the killer before he claims his next victim - who could very well be Ellie herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423343875
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Series: Ellie Hatcher Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School and lives in New York City. She is the daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke. Her three novels in the Samantha Kincaid series, Judgment Calls, Missing Justice, and Close Case are available in paperback from St. Martin's Press. Dead Connection is her first stand-alone thriller.

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Dead Connection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical. Thought Alafair was trading on her father's name. She's still a novice, but she has created an intriguing story with interesting characters both of which show promise for this series. I'm looking forward to reading her next to see how she and the series evolve.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...can't wait to read the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
keeps you interested.
MikeEC More than 1 year ago
good
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I thought I had it figured our but was surprised in the end. There are many angels that you have to keep track of for when they come together in the end. I enjoyed the development of the characters, they are believable and either likeable or not. It is on the clean side with some strong language from the shadier characters. Just a touch of romance – really just a relationship. It was a quick fun read.
Forensicdoc More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead Connection is a fascinating, fast paced mystery full of suspense, intriguing plot twists, and well-developed characters who begin to feel like personal friends (or enemies) before the final page is read. I am eager to begin Angel's Tip (#2 of the Ellie Hatcher series).
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This is my first book by this author...n my last it's painful trying to keep going I'm totally lost have not connected with charecters or story line for the first time ever...I'm gonna jump ship I would absolutely NOT recommend buying this book C.R,
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First book by this author. Will not be the last, recommend to all who like a good mystery,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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I enjoyed reading this series which was prompted by a Barnes & Noble Free Friday offering of one of the series books. Thanks Barnes & Noble. A win win, I purchased more books of an author I had never heard of before because I took advantage of a free book.
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