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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (3 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752874063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752874067
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alafair Burke is the author of what the Sun-Sentinal has hailed as "two power house series" featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her love for writing, her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and her ability to create strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alafair "is a terrific web spinner" who "knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy."

A graduate of Stanford Law School and 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.

Alafair is often asked about the origin of her name, especially by readers who are familiar with the fictional character, Alafair Robicheaux, featured in her father's novels. Alafair was named for her father's maternal grandmother. It was a more common name in the United States, particularly the south, at the turn of the twentieth century. Now it is a name that belongs to her, two of her cousins, and, from what she can find on Google, ten cats, two dogs, an alpaca, and a boat.

Learn more about Alafair at www.alafairburke.com

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In the world of books, nepotism can only take you so far. Jesse Kellerman has needed a couple of books to prove that he’s not being published just because he’s the son of Faye and Jonathan. But being the daughter of James Lee Burke -- possibly the greatest living writer of crime fiction in America -- Alafair Burke had the most challenging task of all, with a crushing load of expectation. Interestingly enough, she needed no period in which to find her feet; her Samantha Kincaid series hit the ground running, and she immediately establish her own writing identity, quirky and idiomatic – though strikingly different from her father.

Dead Connection is her first standalone novel, and it’s a corker, moving with express train velocity. Two women are murdered in New York, both having been set up for dates via an online dating service. Their murderer has left indications connecting deaths of the two women, and Detective Ellie Hatcher finds herself transferred to t! he homicide task force to smoke out a killer with a lethal agenda. Also involved is larger-than-life detective Flann McIlroy, a cop intoxicated by the lure of publicity (shades of James Ellroy’s LA Confidential here, rather than the work of Alafair Burke’s illustrious father). McIlroy sees Ellie as a crucial aid to nailing a man who wants to cut a bloody swathe through the lonely women of New York.

This is truly assured crime writing, crammed full of brio, and sporting two memorable protagonists.

--Barry Forshaw

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'...her first stand alone novel and it's a corker, moving with express train velocity. ... This is truly assured crime writing' (Barry Forshaw AMAZON.CO.UK )

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having enjoyed Angel's Tip very much, Burke's second book featuring NYC Detective Ellie Hatcher, I decided to go back and read Dead Connection, the first book in the series. I'm glad I read them in reverse order or I probably wouldn't have ever read Angel's Tip. Dead Connection has Hatcher, a rookie detective, requested to work on a special assignment with the homicide task force. Without going into detail about the assignment, Hatcher and her seasoned, publicity-seeking partner, are assigned to draw out a serial killer who is using an internet dating service to target single women in Manhattan. This plot starts off interesting but eventually becomes a bit tedious due to a lack of action and to its getting bogged down with some convoluted subplots and twists and turns that Burke used to try to throw the reader off from guessing who the killer is. As a result, I found that the plot dragged at times. Further, while Burke's rookie hero working on her first homicide case is a likable and interesting character, Hatcher lacks some credibility. This is due to the author's enabling Hatcher to outthink/outsmart/outguess all of her superiors as well as the baddies in regards to "unhatching" the plot and solving the case. Despite the flaws in Dead Connection, it is a satisfying read. Also, you should be aware that Burke's style improved considerably in Angel's Tip, making it a very worthwhile read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James N. Beatson on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
As a long-time fan of James Lee Burke, I was delighted to find that his daughter Alafair is a fine crime-writer in her own right.

This is the first of her books I've read, but certainly won't be the last. Well-plotted and featuring a likeable heroine in Detective Ellie Hatcher, Alafair shows here that her dad has raised a lady whose talent places her in the upper echelons of the genre. In some ways her style reminds me of Deaver, and that's high praise indeed.

As an ex-deputy DA and a current Professor of Law, this lady knows her subject, and writes about it with style. I look forward to my next dose of Ellie!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue K on 15 July 2013
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Good book in good condition. Some second hand books can be a bit grubby but this felt more like borrowing a library book.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 Stars...To Another Level 13 Aug. 2007
By Eric Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A few years back, Alafair created a stir when she arrived on the publishing scene, residing as she did in the huge shadow of her father, crime novelist James Lee Burke (one of my all-time favorites). While never trying to match his mastery with words and imagery, she showcased her own talent for plotting and dialogue, and gave us a memorable protagonist in Samantha Kincaid. With each Kincaid mystery, Alafair's writing got stronger as did her ease in storytelling.

Now, with the introduction of Detective Ellie Hatcher, Alafair takes it to another level. Drawing from her own experiences as a youth during the days of the BTK killer, she weaves in family and psychological insights without growing heavy-handed. She uses the theme of Internet dating, telling a cautionary tale while never oversimplifying. She teases us into the story with a great opening chapter, then leads us through a list of questions and suspects which pull us rapidly toward the conclusion.

Ellie Hatcher is a tough cookie, throwing out snippets of humor and exhibiting a few character foibles, which only make her more likable. The book ends with her poised for her next investigation, a more personal one. Alafair also manages, in a cleverly handled scene, to connect Ellie with a certain Detective Robicheaux in Louisiana.

With one series well underway, and another now off and running, Alafair Burke looks like she'll be around for a long time. That's a good thing. A very good thing.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
`Find the motive, and the motive will lead you to the man.' 24 Jun. 2008
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Detective Ellie Hatcher is specifically sought for a special assignment on the homicide task force when a clue left at the scene of a murder seems to connect two cases to an online dating service. Detective Hatcher is a rookie NYPD detective but Detective Flann McIlroy, seeks her involvement anyway. Why? I don't want to spoil the novel for anyone: suffice to say there is an explanation in the novel.

This thriller is set in the murky world of identity theft and anonymity: both made easy by the use of the internet. While Hatcher and McIlroy set out to solve the crimes, they uncover other crimes that may be related and a number of potential suspects. Along the way, both Hatcher and McIlroy break a number of rules and individual readers may find this irritating if not unbelievable.

And the conclusion? Some aspects are more clear-cut than others, and I found some parts of the storyline more satisfying than others. Overall, though, this was an enjoyable read and well worth picking up if you have a couple of hours to fill.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining But Nothing Special! 26 Sept. 2009
By Bobbewig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having enjoyed Angel's Tip very much, Burke's second book featuring NYC Detective Ellie Hatcher, I decided to go back and read Dead Connection, the first book in the series. I'm glad I read them in reverse order or I probably wouldn't have ever read Angel's Tip. Dead Connection has Hatcher, a rookie detective, requested to work on a special assignment with the homicide task force. Without going into detail about the assignment, Hatcher and her seasoned, publicity-seeking partner, are assigned to draw out a serial killer who is using an internet dating service to target single women in Manhattan. This plot starts off interesting but eventually becomes a bit tedious due to a lack of action and to its getting bogged down with some convoluted subplots and twists and turns that Burke used to try to throw the reader off from guessing who the killer is. As a result, I found that the plot dragged at times. Further, while Burke's rookie hero working on her first homicide case is a likable and interesting character, Hatcher lacks some credibility. This is due to the author's enabling Hatcher to outthink/outsmart/outguess all of her superiors as well as the baddies in regards to "unhatching" the plot and solving the case. Despite the flaws in Dead Connection, it is a satisfying read. Also, you should be aware that Burke's style improved considerably in Angel's Tip, making it a very worthwhile read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The main plot seems to get out of control, and the author leaves too many unanswered questions 25 Jan. 2008
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Over the last few years, Alafair Burke has delivered a fine series of mystery novels featuring District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. These books catapulted Burke (the daughter of bestselling author James Lee Burke) into the big time. Her newest procedural features NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher, an attractive, bright and street-smart rookie.

Hatcher lives with a haunted past. Her father, who was a cop in Wichita, Kansas, where she grew up, died mysteriously in pursuit of a serial killer dubbed the College Hill Strangler. After an internal investigation by his department, his death was ruled a suicide. But even as a kid Ellie never believed her father would take his own life. She felt a cover-up was easy to pull off because her mother would not question any findings or complain about losing the compensation to which she was entitled. Burke says of her new leading lady: "Her father always told her, Find the motive, and the motive will lead you to the man." These words are the foundation of Hatcher's tenaciousness and unflagging commitment to bring justice to victims.

In DEAD CONNECTION, Burke's story unfolds around the latest cyber-phenomenon: online dating services. In this Sargasso Sea of strangers who put themselves "out there," victims could be exposing themselves for trouble rather than love. Yet, ironically, Burke herself met her husband through "an online dating service [and goes on to say]...there I found the plot of [this novel] and...Ellie Hatcher."

Hatcher is surprised and flattered when bombastic detective Flann McIlroy asks her to be assigned temporarily to his department. So far the investigation has revealed that the only common thread in the lives of the dead women is the dating service to which they all subscribed. And he proposes to use the rookie as bait to catch a killer. She is not quite sure how she feels about this since she thought she was chosen for her brains. But her desire to work with the "legendary" McIlroy overrides any misgivings on her part. She doesn't dare question the plum assignment.

As they embark on their quest, one very explosive fact emerges: both Hatcher and McIlroy are hardheaded, stubborn people who want to do things their own way. But as the very junior side of this unlikely team is constantly reminded, she must take her lead from her older colleague. Ultimately, their relationship works and brings both pathos and humor to a chilling story.

As the two delve deeper and deeper into the dating service, they come to find the owner a scoundrel who may have dealings with the Russian mafia. If he does, how does that impact their serial killer investigation? Have they stumbled into a new crime and a new investigation? In spite of this possible complication, Ellie and Flann diligently continue searching for a mass murderer. And can he be part of some Russian tactic by using the Internet? As Ellie continues to think all of this through, she remembers how the College Hill Strangler played head games with her father. She slowly comes to the conclusion that her job is to find a mass murderer who's playing games with her. Can this insight help her in her quest to find this madman?

Alafair Burke's previous novels were tightly written and well plotted, and the characters all worked in sync. Unfortunately, in DEAD CONNECTION she doesn't pull the various subplots together into a cohesive whole. Here, the main plot seems to get out of control, and she leaves too many unanswered questions. And Hatcher, while charming and savvy to a certain degree, is too young and naïve to be a New York City detective. Burke built a solid fan base with her Samantha Kincaid series; her audience can only hope that she will return to familiar territory starring a more interesting heroine, or imbue Ellie Hatcher with more gravitas. Nevertheless, DEAD CONNECTION is the perfect summer read.

--- Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Her best work yet! 24 Aug. 2007
By Sam Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We should all disregard the previous review by C. Davis, as her other reviews reveal that she prefers books that are "Super Cute" and she writes like a Friends character talks.

With that out of the way, any fan of the mystery genre has known about Alafair Burke for many years now. Each of her novels has improved and I was glad to be introduced to the character of Ellie Hatcher. Hatcher is a hard-working member of the NYPD with a troubling past and a bright future.

This book captures the feel of Manhattan and moves along at a pace consistent with the big city. The plot is detailed and rewards careful readers.

Looking forward to the next in this exciting new series!
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