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5.0 out of 5 stars A talented family!
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...
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by James N. Beatson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Nothing Special!
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...
Published on 28 Sep 2009 by bobbewig


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5.0 out of 5 stars A talented family!, 24 Mar 2010
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James N. Beatson "Jim Beatson" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dead Connection (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Nothing Special!, 28 Sep 2009
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bobbewig (New Jersey, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dead Connection (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality used book, 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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