Long Gone

Long Gone

by Alafair Burke
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Long Gone by Alafair Burke

Long Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today.”
--Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke’s first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York City’s cut-throat world of art, appearances can be deceiving—especially when art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, and is thrown into a treacherous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Now, Alice must discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062092229
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 84,988
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include the standalone thrillers The Ex, Long Gone and If You Were Here, and the Ellie Hatcher series: All Day and a Night, Never Tell, 212, Angel’s Tip, and Dead Connection. She is also the coauthor of the Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law and lives in Manhattan.

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Long Gone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Alice Humphrey has been out of work for way too long. When Drew Campbell approaches her about managing a new art gallery she jumps at the chance. The only stipulation is that she must display the art of the owners lover a few times a year, but then she will be free to choose which art is displayed. To Alice, this is a dream come true. Her problems begin when the lover of the owner will only correspond with her via email and text messages. To make matters worse, his "art" is very unconventional. So much so that people picket the art show calling his work tasteless and pornographic, while Alice is forced to feign interest in it to sell it. When Drew calls her up and asks her to meet him at the gallery one morning, she arrives to find the gallery cleaned out. The windows are covered and the only thing in the space is the dead body of Drew, and Alice is the suspected killer. In Long Gone, Ms. Burke has crafted a very taught psychological thriller. The twists and turns keep you guessing, and you won't see the ending coming. Typically when I read a mystery I spend a majority of my time trying to figure out "whodunnit", and I wasn't able to guess this time around. My only problem with this book was the setup. It starts out really slow, and introduces a lot of characters and story lines. I had a hard time getting into it. Once the action picked up, it REALLY picked up, and I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this novel to any murder/mystery fan. (Review copy courtesy of NetGalley)
PoCoKat More than 1 year ago
Awesome book Miss Alafair! I just loved it! I couldn't put it down; what an well plotted suspenseful novel! As the daughter of the greatest living mystery writer, James Lee Burke, Alafair has big shoes to fill! And she does with this stand alone novel featuring Alice Humphrey who naively takes on a position running a new gallery for a man she meets at a gallery opening. The charming Drew Campbell draws her into this web of deceit and intrigue that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There is a great side story as well regarding a missing New Jersey girl. New York City is a main character in this novel as well. Ms. Burke obviously know it well. I loved that Ms. Burke is very current technologically. I loved that she demonstrates the perils of today's social networking sites like Facebook and how if people aren't careful they can expose themselves to all kinds of trouble. And I loved the reference to just having read a novel in which the main character bribes hotel clerks in order to use rooms briefly....Lee Child...Jack Reacher...loved it! At the end of the novel, Ms. Burke thanks all of her readers including those who follow her web site and follow her on Facebook....and my name was listed there! Alafair often asked her followers advice about different things she was working on in her novel and it was fun to chime in! Big Thrill! Totally absolutely recommend this book! It publishes in June so what a great summer read!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A true suspense thriller that had me sucked into it from the first page to the last punctuation. The story centers around Alice Humphrey who is the daughter of a famous director in New York City, she has been unemployed and is trying to find her own path out from underneath the family name. Along comes an opportunity that may seem a little shady but is also too good to pass up and with it will come the biggest unraveling of family drama that will end up changing everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. At first with each chapter there was an introduction of an aspect of the story and at times it was hard to keep it all straight until they eventually started tying together, it got easier as I went along. Because there were a few stories developing at the same time, I was able to see the drama unfold from different angles - this element gave the story some depth to which it couldn't if the author only presented Alice's story from the beginning. I absolutely loved where the book ended up and was surprised until the very end. I would recommend this book to readers who love a little suspense to keep them hooked to the book.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
"Long Gone" by Alafair Burke follows thirty-seven year old Alice Humphrey, daughter of a famous director father, former child star, and currently unemployed art-lover who attends an opening for a new gallery before getting recruited by the mysterious Drew Campbell to manage his friend's gallery. It just so happens that managing an art gallery is Alice's dream job-and an opportunity that sounds almost too good to pass up. However, contrary to Alice's expectations, problems begin cropping up immediately. Protestors crowd outside the gallery, complaining that one of the portraits being sold is of an underage girl. The next day, Alice arrives to find the gallery mysteriously empty---all the portraits are gone, but even more disturbingly, someone killed Drew Campbell. Soon enough, police are knocking at Alice's girl-suspecting her of participating in Drew's murder, and even showing Alice a photograph of her kissing Drew. Except Alice knows it's not her. She quickly realizes she is being framed, but by whom? The only people Alice can really trust are her on-again/off-again boyfriend Jeff, and best friend Lily. Or can she? The situation isn't helped when Alice loses trust in her family, as dark secrets become revealed. As Alice tries to figure out what's happening, a teenage girl by the name of Becca Stevens mysteriously disappears. And a detective called Hank Beckman is trailing Travis Larsen, a man who contributed to his sister's death. But even more intriguing, is that these isolated storylines are not so isolated after all, but connect directly to Alice's mystery.. I was not familiar with the author before picking up this book, but I must say, this book was hard to put down. There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot, and far more plot background than was at first let on. Alafair Burke's legal background-she was a Deputy District Attorney and currently teaches criminal law-serve as an excellent framework for the police aspect of this book, and contribute to the plausibility of the plot. Definitely one of my current favorite thrillers.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
HarperCollins has been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release today. I must say that, overall, I enjoyed the novel, but I did struggle with it a little as well. I think that, for me, there were just too many characters and the jump between them all made the novel a little difficult for me to follow. By the end, of course, I was following it pretty well, but the beginning was difficult for me. If you're anything like me, I suggest sticking with the novel because, though the beginning may be confusing, Burke does a wonderful job putting together the murder mystery and I was flabbergasted in the end. I think Burke does a phenomenal job with the suspense in her novel and I never saw the ending coming. Multiple times I thought I'd pinpointed the murdered who'd set Alice up, but I was wrong time and time again. I really enjoy the guessing game that suspense novels evoke, and I recommend this novel to those who love a great mystery. Three stars.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This well-written, action-packed drama led us on a chase with plenty of twist and turns that kept me riveted to the pages. The suspenseful plot moved the story from one scene to the next leaving me with bated breath as I watch this strong heroine rise above everything to find the truth and clear her name. This was a brilliantly-crafted and awesome read that left me wanting more.
ReaderOfThePack More than 1 year ago
Long Gone was my first experience reading Alafair Burke, but it definitely will not be my last. I can now include Alafair Burke on my list of favorite female mystery authors. In Long Gone, unemployed Alice Humphrey meets mysterious Drew Campbell during an art opening. Drew represents an undisclosed wealthy man who plans to open an art gallery featuring his lover's work in its first exhibition. Drew offers Alice the position of gallery manager. Even though the job seems too good to be true, Alice jumps into the position with gusto. Unfortunately, she quickly finds out that her dream job is not so dreamy. First, a group of protesters show up to protest the first exhibition. Then Drew Campbell turns up dead on the floor of an empty gallery. It is as if the gallery never existed. The photographs and the furniture are gone. The space is empty. Alice is the prime suspect in Drew's death. The police even have photographic evidence of her kissing Drew, except that Alice knows she never kissed Drew. So who is the woman in the photo? Is it a really good Photoshop job or does Alice have a doppelganger? Alice realizes that someone is trying to set her up. Alice happens to be a former child actress and the daughter of an award-winning director. With her name connected to the crime, her whole family is dragged into the tabloids. Long Gone provides a perfect mix of family secrets, drama and suspense. There are side stories about a missing high school girl and religious protesters that strongly resemble Fred Phelps and his creepy crew. This book is a completely engrossing read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manhattan, Drew Campbell hires thirty something Alice Humphrey to manage his new Highline Gallery. Unemployed for months Alice loves her job. However, a few weeks after starting Alice arrives at the gallery to find it empty except for Campbell's corpse. NYPD suspects she murdered her lover and has proof of a picture of them together in a very friendly pose. Furthermore they think she used the gallery that is in her name to her shock to distribute child porn. A stunned Alice seeks information on Drew and the gallery, neither seems to have existed. At the same time a PTSD FBI agent unofficially investigates the death of his sister while a teenager in Upstate New York vanished without a trace. Alice, the fed and a small town cop will cross paths as each investigate seemingly unrelated crimes. The three prime subplots are at times overwhelming; the Alice in the rabbit hole can definitely stand alone while the other two cannot. However each is an intense psychological suspense as someone struggles with what is going on whether it is Alice, the Fed or the teen's mom. Alice owns the tale as she learns identity is not as simple as it may seem. Harriet Klausner
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The author has written six previous novels, but this is her first standalone, so her familiar characters and themes do not apply. Nevertheless, she has demonstrated an ability to take an idea and run with it, in this case two separate themes with some common threads. The main plot involves Alice Humphrey, daughter of a famous motion picture director and his Academy Award-winning wife. Somewhat estranged from her father, and wishing to demonstrate her independence, she presently is unemployed when a “dream” job falls into her lap. It turns out to be part of a plot against her and her dad, but that is as far as we should go in divulging the plot. A subplot involves a missing teenager. The commonality of the two themes involves the effects of the relationships between the mother of the missing girl and Alice and the law enforcement personnel with whom each is involved. Enough said. Ms. Burke has amply demonstrated in the past her knowledge of the law and the various people involved in enforcing it, and this novel shows her insights into how detectives go about their business. Here empathy for the female characters is obvious, but the male characters seem to be stereotypes. On the whole, however, the novel is an excellent read, and is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book follows several different story lines and is somewhat hard to follow. The characters are, at times, obvious in their actions/words. I read this book based on review by another author that I love and was slightly disappointed. Overall, I didn't hate it but I wouldn't recommend it. Sorry!
ltb More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a serial read from Nook. Well written and entertaining... If you like Law and Order type stories, you can't go wrong with this book. I have read several books by Ms Burke and they never fail to grab your attention. This story kept me guessing up to the very end (and I read a lot of these type of books!). Thanks, Nook, for a great month of reading!
cts827 More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written suspenseful novel. I read it on my Nook App as a serial read - they give you a few chapters a day. I could not wait for the next chapters. I probably would have finished this sooner. The characters were well formulated. At first, I thought there were multiple plots, but the author brought everything together in this well-spun story. I highly recommend this great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story! It was full of twists and turns right up until the end. Alafair skillfully wove multiple storylines together. I was definitely surprised at the twist in the end. Didn't see it coming. She's an extraordinary storyteller. I would recommend this to everyone.
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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Good, empathetic characters, well hidden mysteries, well written tale. This is a stand-alone - and a very good one.
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PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
When I read that Ms. Burke had personal experience as a prosecutor, I had high hopes for this book. And she IS a good writer. I will say that Burke does a good job with maintaining suspense; you don't find out until near the end of the book, that Art was Alice's father, and that the Larson's killer was Mia. But if you want a realistic portrayal of the justice system and otherwise, don't waste your money. With my own experience in a prosecutor's office, I had hoped the book would be more true-to-life than most crime novels. This hope was not realized. The book just encourages stereotypical beliefs. For example, there is commentary about how race plays into Amber alerts, and mostly White children are sought. This is blatantly untrue. I worked in a major urban area, and I consistenly saw alerts for children of all races; in fact, I saw MORE for African-American children. In addition, though I don't espouse the same beliefs as the "Christians" portrayed in the book, I find their portrayal to be shallow and again, stereotypical. Just like anyone else - Buddhists, atheists, Muslims - Christians are both good and bad, and can't be put into a box like that. The Christian protestors that I have seen, are out there because of sincere beliefs. That possibility was not allowed for. If you want a shallow, quick read, have at it.
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Shauna19 More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with this novel. Great story with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. All the characters are well developed as well as the plot.
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Great book! Very well written and easy to read. Kept me engaged from beginning to end. 
otterly More than 1 year ago
Alice Humphrey has been unemployed for months, when she gets the chance to run a gallery. The circumstances of her employment are weird--out of the clear blue, she gets the job. An artist's works are hung, there is a preview with drinks, etc., and the next day, the store is vacant. What is going on? Her father is a noted actor, her mother his co-star when Alice was conceived, and her brother was, and possibly still is, a drug addict. The man who hired her is killed immediately, and Alice is accused. Can she get out of this? I would read other books by this author. Her father is the novelist, James Lee Burke. I might even recommend this to our book group.
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