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Starred Review. Near the start of Burke's gripping second procedural to feature NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher (after Dead Connection), Ellie happens on the mutilated body of college student Chelsea Hart in East River Park while on her morning jog. Friends of the victim point the cops toward posh nightclub Pulse, located in the trendy Meatpacking district, where Ellie and partner J.J. Rogan are able to match a VIP's credit card receipt to young and arrogant investment banker Jake Meyers, with whom Chelsea was last reported seen. But pinning the case on him doesn't feel right when Ellie discovers similarities between Chelsea's murder and two others from years past. Meanwhile, local media keep getting hold of unreleased facts of the case, making Ellie's superiors suspicious of her romantic relationship with Daily Post crime reporter Peter Morse. Knowing the cops aren't on the right track lends a sense of dread to the plot. Burke leaves her principle characters little time to sleep; readers will relate. Author tour. (Sept.)
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Like many college coeds, Chelsea Hart came to New York City on spring break to have a good time. Little did she know her days spent partying with gal pals would be her last. Newly minted homicide detective Ellie Hatcher and her brother, Jess, are out for an early morning jog through Manhattan when they come upon Hart’s strangled body at a construction site near Central Park. Detective Hatcher is eager to prove that her quick promotion from police work was legit. With the help of her partner, she arrests haughty Jake Myers, Chelsea’s dance partner at a tony Meatpacking District club, and the last to see her alive. But then careful study of some cold cases has Hatcher convinced they’ve nabbed the wrong man. Worse still, she fears the perpetrator may be linked to the serial killer case that cost her father his life. While Burke, the daughter of James Lee Burke, has an engaging writing style, her Ellie Hatcher character is considerably less compelling than the protagonist of her debut series, cool Oregon lawyer Samantha Kincaid. --Allison Block --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 495 pages
  • Publisher: HarpLPLuxe; LRG edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061668613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061668616
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,640,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alafair Burke is the author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times. Dennis Lehane has called her "one of the finest young crime writers working today."

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.

She lives in New York City and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but has no plans to quit.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dondi VINE VOICE on August 18, 2008
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I don't normally read books in the mystery genre but I was glad when I selected this book. This is the first book of Alafair Burke's that I have read and it won't be my last! Just when I thought I knew who the killer might be, Burke introduced more clues to prove otherwise.

The book starts out with Chelsea Hart, a college student, on spring break celebrating in NYC. After partying all night long, Chelsea is found in a park, dead. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is determined to find Chelsea's killer. She thinks that the case is solved after arresting Jake Myers, young hedge fund manager. However, she has her doubts. Hatcher discovers that there are three previous cases that are similar to this case. In all cases, hair is taken as a souvenir.

Burke's criminal law background definitely enhances the book as well as add authenticity to the story. It helps to flush out the lawyers and cops in the book too.

I found it to be a fast paced book that I could not put down. I read it in one day since I needed to know who the murderer was in the story. I recommend this book to people who love to solve mysteries. This book has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Hill VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
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Angel's Tip is the title of the second in Alafair Burke's Ellie Hatcher series. Dead Connection is the first in the series. I haven't read Dead Connection and I do not feel that it is necessary to understand or enjoy Angel's Tip. I do intend on reading it at a later date just for a fuller history of our heroine Ellie Hatcher. There is enough of Ellie's history given in this novel to satisfy most readers, but after finishing this one, I find myself yearning for more.

I fully expected Ellie to be a tough, good detective who was short on personality and charm. Yet I loved Ellie. She is soft, feminine, brave and smart. And she truly cares about people. There's a part where she talks to a victim's mother about her daughter that brought tears to my eyes. I found her to be someone I can respect.

The chemistry between Ellie and her brother Jess and Ellie and her new partner Rogan is wonderful and one of my favorite things about the book. Their interaction kept the novel from becoming too dark and too depressing.

I'd like to commend the author on making the victims human. So often victims in novels are one dimensional characters fabricated just for killing. Burke makes them fully fleshed and you find yourself hoping they make it. Here, it's the killer that is flat and uninteresting. There's no real reason ever given as to why the killer started killing or why he kills the way he does.

At first, it seemed to me that Ellie was jumping to conclusions when she suspected a few people of being the killer. She does get it right in the end, but at that point it seemed like another guess to me. In retrospect, I can see that there are clues leading to the true murderer's identity.

The pace of this book is fast, never dull and surprisingly funny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lesa Holstine on August 1, 2008
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NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher has a new partner, and a new confidence in her own ability. She hasn't been on the Homicide Squad for long, so some officers don't appreciate it when she's the first officer on the scene of a murder. Naturally, the case of a blond co-ed found dead after a night partying attracts the attention of the media. And, everyone is quite happy when Ellie and her partner, J.J. Rogan, quickly find a suspect. But, something about the case doesn't feel right to Ellie. Could it be the cold cases her late partner pulled, all dealing with blond girls found dead with their hair cut?

Alafair Burke's character, Ellie Hatcher, has grown into the complicated plots. She has a terrific new partner to support her in these complex police procedurals. This is an outstanding book, recommended for readers of crime fiction who enjoy character-driven novels with intriguing plots. Take an "Angel's Tip," and pick up this enjoyable crime novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on October 1, 2008
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With Alafair Burke's fifth mystery, she seems to be getting a hefty push from her publishing house. I've seen "Angel's Tip" stacked near the front of almost every book store I enter. I'm glad to see this happening for her, because each novel gets stronger and more fluid.

"Angel's Tip" is the best Burke mystery yet. The story is set in NYC, opening with a trio of young ladies hitting the town for the last few hours before their flight home. One of them decides to stay out a little longer, despite her friends' worries, and she never makes the flight. Through a number of seeming coincidences, Ellie Hatcher ends up on the job, along with her new partner, a seasoned detective with a loyal streak.

But not all are as loyal as they seem. Soon the children's blocks that are stacking together so neatly for a tidy homicide trial come crumbling down, not just once, but twice, even three times, as Ellie's theories about the killer and past crimes begin to rattle cages--on both sides of the law.

The plot moves forward with clock-like precision, Burke's blessing and curse. Her stories unfold with clarity and logic, but feel sometimes more like nonfiction because of the straightforward style. "Angel's Tip" is a great step forward, though, giving the characters as much depth and motivation as ever, spicing it up with good dialogue and bits of humor. Just when I was sure I knew where the story was leading, it turned back on itself one more time--without trying to outdo itself, in the manner Harlan Coben, mystery-plotter-extraordinaire, sometimes does.

The Ellie Hatcher series is a good one, allowing the protagonist more street time, and Burke could probably expand that aspect without losing any of her credibility. With Burke's continued improvement on every level of her writing, I will keep coming back for more of her stories.
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