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A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth.

ELLIE HATCHER - The crime writing daughter of James Lee Burke is quickly establishing herself as a star in the mystery landscape. Herself a veteran of the New York legal system and courtrooms she brings the milieu to life in the exploits of Ellie, an NYPD detective who has what it takes. A murder on the university campus linked to threats on the Internet kick starts her latest case and the pace never relents as the doughty heroine is determined to discover the who and the whydunit.

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City of Lies by Alafair Burke

The new fast-paced thriller from rising star Alafair Burke, where no-one in Manhattan is safe. And no-one is innocent. In New York City nights are dangerous. Days are numbered. When New York University student Megan Gunther is murdered in a vicious attack after receiving threats posted on a campus website, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced there is a link. With straight-talking partner J. J. Rogan at her side, Ellie tries to identify Megan's enemies, but she begins to wonder if the girl's murder was more than just the culmination of a cyber obsession. Then phone records reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real-estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. Even more suspiciously, the detectives also learn that the dead real-estate agent shared a secret connection to a celebrity mogul whose bodyguard was mysteriously killed a few months earlier. And when Megan's roommate suddenly disappears, they know they have to find her before it's too late! With fans including everyone from Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and Lee Child to Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Kathy Reichs, Alafair Burke gives us another nail-biting thriller to keep us on the edge of our seats.


Praise for City of Fear: '

'[Ellie Hatcher] is warm, funny and engaging, and City of Fear is efficient and briskly paced'
Laura Wilson, THE GUARDIAN

Praise for Alafair Burke:

'These are characters I'd follow forever.'
Tess Gerritsen

'Alafair Burke just keeps getting better and better.'
Harlan Coben

'She's got what it takes and will be sticking around.'
Michael Connelly

'Suspenseful and entertaining.'
Kathy Reichs

'Alafair Burke delivers a first-rate thriller.'
Lisa Gardner

Laura Lippman

'Burke's brisk and ultimately suspenseful narrative offers wily and intricate plotting and sharply etched major and minor characters.'
Kirkus Reviews

'Burke leaves her principle characters little time to sleep; her readers will relate.'
Publishers Weekly

'Alafair Burke is a wonderful writer with the kind of skill and confidence I admire. I'm a big fan.'
Sue Grafton

'Alafair Burke has been on the front lines in the courtroom and on the streets, and brings her world alive.'
Linda Fairstein Praise for City of Lies:

'Entertaining, full of suspense and really enjoyable. A great read.'
Closer Magazine

About the Author

Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke's books include the standalone thrillers Long Gone and If You Were Here - an Amazon Best Mystery Novel of 2013 - and her acclaimed series starring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, the most recent of which, Never Tell, was a Kindle bestseller. A former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.

Author photo © Deborah Copaken Kogan

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18th February 2010


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AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


448 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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