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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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The Eleventh Victim, from former prosecutor Nancy Grace, is a tense thriller depicting a battle of wits between a lawyer, a serial killer, and the NYPD

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fiancé, is murdered just weeks before their wedding. Reeling, she fights back the only way she knows how:


The Eleventh Victim, from former prosecutor Nancy Grace, is a tense thriller depicting a battle of wits between a lawyer, a serial killer, and the NYPD

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fiancé, 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 trials 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. Hailey's own DNA is found at the crime scenes. As the body count rises across Manhattan, Hailey is forced to match wits not only with a killer, but with 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!

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.

Product Details

Hachette Books
Publication date:
Hailey Dean Series , #1
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years


Meet the Author

Nancy Grace joined Court TV from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office where she served for a decade as Special Prosecutor, compiling a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. Nancy is currently the host of Closing Arguments on Court TV and substitute host of Larry King Live on CNN. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss today's most important trials.

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Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
There are a few different story lines occurring at once, sort of like a soap opera, but the change from one story line to another keeps the reader wanting to read more. Very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Grace delivers! In this riveting 'who done it', you'll be on the edge of your seat. Talk about books you can't put down! A page-turner, and chart topper for sure. Congratulations Nancy, on your book, and on your life's trials and tribulations, overall! You are an inspirational symbol of strength to all women. Two thumbs up!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Atlanta ADA Hailey Dean lost her fiancé when he was killed in a violent assault. That harrowing incident sent her to law school and the Office of the DA. However needing to leave the city, she prosecutes her last case successfully; convicting Clint Burrell Cruise for the serial killings of eleven prostitutes. Almost immediately after winning the case, Hailey resigns and moves to Manhattan. Two years later, Hailey has left the law and become a therapist as she had planned before her beloved was murdered. However, she is shocked when someone begins murdering her patients using the same method that Cruise used. NYPD suspects Dean has lost it and is the person of interest as they find something of hers at a murder scene. Although the plausibility factor is over the top of the empire State building and the key cast stereotyped from serial killer 101, fans will enjoy this fast-paced thriller that effortlessly switches point of view from distraught frightened avenging Hailey to the calm simmering angry killer. Readers will enjoy THE ELEVENTH VICTIM as Court TV reporter Nancy Grace uses her real life as part of the core of this exhilarating chilling serial killer thriller. Harriet Klausner
MidwestGal More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get into this book and I am a big Nancy Grace fan. It was boring, dull and seemed like it started out as an autobiography. I had no sympathy for the main character, I made it to chapter 9 and then had to return it to the library. Had high hopes for this one.
openmindedCS More than 1 year ago
With my busy work schedule it took me 5 days to finish this book. It was a long 5 days. This is definitely not an "I can't seem to put it down" book. It was around chapter 32 that I starting getting in to this book. But, if you can hold out for the long haul, the ending is definietly worth finishing the book! Very good and shocking ending! The rest of the book was just very slow and kinda hard to get into for the first few chapters.
thaliajen More than 1 year ago
I was happy to read this and thought that NG had a great story going. But...I just didn't care for the side-story. I think this book had 2 stories in it and the sub-plot was too distracting. I loved the main story and the character Hailey Dean, but every time they went to the other story, I got frustrated. I understand having so much to say that you want to get it all in, but it was too much. I did love the main story and hope to see sequels, I just hope that the sequels feature Hailey Dean alone. It's not like the other story was boring, it just needed its own space. I think Nancy Grace is a great writer, but her editors should have cut the distracting Island story and most of the politician story. Hailey Dean is a great character and well-written, so I hope to see more of her in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was picked for my monthly book club - all 10 members agreed that it was horrible. The author goes on too many tangents to deliver background information making it hard to read and its' predictably makes it easy to put down; this killer combo leaves the reader as the 12th victim.
AvidReader103 More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about Nancy Grace when I started reading this book, so I couldn't figure out how it got published. Then I learned that she was a TV personality, so that explained it. The characters are trite and cartoonish, with the exception of the protagonist, who is a thinly disguised, saint-like version of Nancy Grace herself. The plot is impossible to believe and has so many holes I kept re-reading back pages to see if I had missed something. This book is sophomorish, and I would recommend it only to budding novelists to show them what a FIRST draft would look like.
SheliaDinVA More than 1 year ago
I had my doubts when I purchased this book, but I must admit, I was totally surprised. Although this book is fiction, it was very realistic. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I hope that Nancy continues to write fiction, because this was a home run for her. I LOVED THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a must read it keeps you guessing who the killer is and gives you a suprise at the end it really got me at the end you never suspected it so if you havent read this book do it now your missing out trust me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness Nancy was encouraged to finish this book. What a long journey to write it and heal from the tragedy that sparked it. As a life long Atlantan, I enjoyed the familiar references in the book and was pleasantly surprised by her skillful storytelling. I am a mystery/crime junkie who enjoys her show and loves her dogged determination to be a voice for innocent victims. With the story left open for a sequel, I look forward to her next book. Nancy held her own with many of the popular mystery writers of today.
Amanda1985ATL More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great, it was hard to put down. I was able to finish it in only 5 days. It keeps you in suspense. I thought the side stories were great, but when I really started to get into the stories more about Hailey I wish it was just about her. I really look forward to another story from Nancy Grace!
Colleenlk More than 1 year ago
I tried to get into this book and gave up at chapter 10. It is confusing and boring. There is a lot of unnecessary foul language. I am surprised Nancy would use such words when they are not included in quotes. Wish I could get a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but by the time I got to the middle of the book I was hooked and drawn in. I also liked the short chapters so I can read short bits at a time when I'm in situations that don't allow me to read for long periods of time. Nancy develops the characters well and left me with a sense of suspense by the time I got to the end of the book. I recommend this one.
dmglaeser More than 1 year ago
A great read , good mystery and well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, enlightening. Full of insights.
Jeanstanley More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think this would be a perfect beginning to several more tales of Hailey's investigations. She was a very believable character and the suspense kept you reading right to the end.
GeneseeValley More than 1 year ago
If you watch Nancy Grace you will connect with the characters and events that unfold in her novel. This, it would seem, is her life's story in many respects and is a wonderful, rainy day read. Sadly, it reflects the judicial horrors that unfold daily in our country so there isn't much creative here. It's honest and sincere but not one of those "can't put it down" sort of read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must start by simply saying, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It combined courtroom drama with forensic elements, great story lines, good characters. A true page turner.
SoundCritique More than 1 year ago
The formal reviews of this book hit the nail on the head. A lot of pages spent trying to convince the reader how great Nancy is via the thinly disguised fictional character of Hailey, but not alot of substance in terms of character development, plot or much of anything else. The writing style is also not what you would expect from someone who is or was an attorney (as compared to someone like Grisham who sets the standard in this field). The dialogue is almost wooden and the transitions are jerking and harsh. I've said it before, but it applies here as well since the plot involves yet another serial killer -- will someone please rewrite the formula for thrillers? Serial killers are rare in society, yet every thriller seems to command one. Also adding to the transparency of the plot is the notion that only Assistant DA Hailey, instead of a legion of medical examiners, noticed something as obvious as a piece of twine on each victim's body. That aspect alone, which appeared in the first chapter of the book, almost annoyed me enough to stop reading then and there.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
The Eleventh Victim, the first Hailey Dean book by Nancy Grace, is a fast-moving suspense story, with a stunning ending that surprised even me, and I usually can guess these outcomes. I recommend the book, and look forward to reading the second installment in the Hailey Dean series; the third (Murder in the Courthouse) was awesome, as well! As someone who has experience working in the court system, I found the procedures and characters realistic. I had a hard time putting it down, and I have very high standards when it comes to mysteries. I have little patience for murder stories that are not true-to-life. I only have one quibble: The book says that victims in Georgia have no way of knowing when someone is released from prison. I guess this was important to the plot; however, for a good while, we in GA have had a program which all victims are offered (or should be). If you know anyone who is a victim of a violent crime in GA, and they haven't signed up for this notification, you may simply contact the Office of Pardons and Paroles to sign up. Not only are victims entitled to know about releases or escapes; they also are informed about Parole hearings, so that they may attend and speak up, if they wish to do so! Their number is 1-800- 593-9474. If the victim lives in another state, call the local
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just too much going on. It got to the point where I didn't care what happened. Couldn't finish it.
LoveMyTwinBoys More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but it seemed very scattered at times. There were 2 very different plots going on at the same time and this book would have been much better if it was actually 2 different books for each story line. The ending seems liked a hurry up and finish, and left me disappointed as it went quickly from story to an abrupt end (you don't even know the fate of some of the key characters). Nancy Grace seems to have great potential as a writer and there is a lot of promise in this book just not exactly there yet (in my opinion).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago