The Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean Series #1)

The Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean Series #1)

by Nancy Grace

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Overview

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!

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: 71,059
File size: 788 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 171 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.
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ctfrench on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hailey Dean¿s interest in psychology falters when her fiancée is murdered weeks before their wedding. From that point, Hailey, committed to seeking justice, obtains her law degree. As an assistant district attorney Atlanta, she becomes known for her success record and vigilance in seeing criminals fully prosecuted. But her final case, that of a serial killer who murders prostitutes, takes its toll. After the killer is sentenced to death, Hailey packs up her belongings and heads to New York City, where she begins her psychology practice in hopes of leaving her past behind. But two years later, two of her patients are murdered, similar to those in Atlanta, and the evidence points to Hailey, who must find the killer before she herself ends up on death row.Grace¿s fiction debut seems to be loosely based on herself, which is interesting, but at times reads like a first novel with awkward dialogue, overuse of exclamation points, and repetitions of the same words. Confusing to this reviewer are the two separate plots which are not related to one another and the way the author switches back and forth between the two. Each is viable enough to stand alone without sharing space in the same book. Hailey Dean is a very likable character and the mystery regarding her portion of the book intriguing, although inconsistencies (such as the fact that the serial killer¿s conviction is reversed and no one seems to know about it) are distracting. Now that Dean has established herself as a mystery writer, it will be interesting to see what¿s next.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Eleventh Victim" is a complex murder mystery about a woman who loses her fiance in a senseless crime and then embarks on a career as a prosecutor. The author, Nancy Grace, was herself a prosecutor in Atlanta GA and she brings her knowledge of the (in)justice system and writes with compelling authority about the twists and turns 'justice' can take. Hailey Dean's finace was violently murdered shortly before their wedding during a mugging, for a whopping total of $35. The crime propels the young college graduate into a depression that lifts only when she decides to go after the criminals who perpetrate such crimes. She becomes a prosecutor who fights for the victims left behind and her record is nothing short of stellar, 100 wins, no losses. She doesn't DO 'deals'. Instead, she and her investigator sidekick put together strong evidence that results in convictions. Her last case as a prosecutor involved the conviction of a serial killer for the murders of eleven women. When the verdict is read, the killer leaps toward Hailey in the courtroom and is only tackled AFTER she feels his hands close around her neck. That's the moment when Hailey knows she's done. Now it's two years later and Hailey has moved to New York and is a practicing therapist. But when two of her patients are murdered and Hailey's DNA is found at the scenes, her life takes a violent and terrifying turn. Now SHE's the one on the defensive and who, exactly, is after her, isn't clear. This is author Nancy Grace's first foray into the world of mystery/thriller/fiction and I sometimes got lost in the stories of 'sidebar' characters which include a rich man trying to circumvent environmental protections, a good-ole-boy crooked judge, a friend's new love affair, and a very rich, but very pissed, defense attorney. All these 'other' stories do tie in to the main story, but for me, they mostly detracted from the story at the heart of the book...Hailey's story. I was left with many questions regarding Hailey's future and also that of a 'wrongly' paroled serial killer! For me at least, I need closure in a book. But the serial killer just fades out and Hailey decides to return to Georgia...to do what I have no idea. That's not a real ending for me. The plot was clever and even though I quickly figured out the 'bad guy' (other than the serial killer), there were still plenty of red herrings. I did find the flow of the story choppy as it jumped from the side character's stories to Hailey's story regularly. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was doing what! Ms. Grace's disgust with 'special interest' politics comes through loud and clear and her portrayal of bargaining and dealing to cater to political aspirations was enough to make me believe some of those bad lawyer jokes... In the end I did finish "The Eleventh Victim" and I did find it interesting. I must admit that I would be wary of reading Nancy Grace's next novel without getting a better idea of its pace and flow and how she pieced the story together. But I consider an author's first novel a kind of learning experience for both author and reader and I like to think we both get better with age and experience.
kdcantrell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hailey Dean has fled Atlanta, Georgia, in search of freedom.Freedom from crime scene photos, the heartbreak of victim's families, and the burden to make sure criminals paid their dues to society.But can she escape her problems down South in New York City?Not when you've got a Georgia Supreme Court Justice willing to set a serial killer free in exchange for becoming the state's next Governor; or a elite businessman that will do whatever it takes to convert Georgia's marshlands into million dollar resorts.And, amazingly, all of these scenarios will tie into one explosive ending!I'm a Nancy Grace fan, watching her show on HLN most every weekday evening.However, I wasn't really expecting much out of her first attempt at fiction writing. After all, she's a prosecutor turned journalist; not a writer, per say.But all I can say is WOW! Grace has some serious talent when it comes to writing fiction that will keep a reader so engaged in a book that it's hard to put down!Aside from the in-depth description of places 'round and 'bout Georgia that provides a clear picture for readers, a lot of what contributes to the intrigue of The Eleventh Victim is that it features some of Grace's real life history: she is a native born Georgian and switched careers following the murder of her fiance.Nancy Grace receives kudos and applause for a well-written, extremely engrossing first time fiction novel.I'm hoping that we can expect more in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok read