Dead Connection

Burke, Alafair

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dead Connection
In this electrifying thriller, a rookie detective goes undercover on the Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer targeting single women in Manhattan 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 First Date, 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 tolaunch 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 father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the First Date 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 must find the killer before he claims his next victim--who could very well be her. Expertly plotted and perfectly paced, Dead Connection advances Alafair Burke to the front ranks of American thriller writers.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0805077855
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 16, 2014
  • pugfan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The author does a really good job educating the reader without it really seeming like it. You might want keep a plot/time tracker as the victims stack up and the characters involved with each one to make sense of the overlapping. Definitely going to finish Ellie's series and then dig into the Samantha Kincaid series.

Jan 06, 2014
  • Edgarmole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This thriller has a complex plot. I read it twice to get all the threads straight. Interesting characters, good pacing. There's a love angle but it doesn't hijack the detective story. The crime has to do both with computer technology and standard motivations for murder. I think we can expect many more good mystery novels from this young author.


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