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City of Lies [Kindle Edition]

Alafair Burke
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Book Description

A fast-paced thriller from 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 brutally murdered, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and partner J.J. Rogan discover that Megan has been on the receiving end of some sinister online threats.

Is her death the result of a campus feud that got out of hand or could there be a twisted cyber fanatic at work?

And when a link is revealed between Megan and a murdered real-estate agent, Ellie comes to wonder if there was something else behind the student’s death.

Ellie learns that the dead woman shared a secret connection to a celebrity mogul whose bodyguard was mysteriously killed a few months earlier.

When Megan's roommate disappears, the hunt for the killer is really on…

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.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOGZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total rip off. October 23, 2011
By lbaker
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a re-titled book which was sold a year ago as "212". Alafair told me that it was never meant to be sold in America under a different title. Who did the ripping off?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Crime Mystery October 29, 2011
City of Lies is quite an interesting whodunit where murders which initially appear unconnected, prove to be part of a larger picture. The initial homicide is of a rich man's bodyguard, found in an apartment. Then a student who has been the victim of online harassment meets her end, followed by an estate agent, and links are gradually established between these deaths. The main investigating detective is Ellie Hatcher, who first appeared in the preceding book, City of Fear which I have not read. However, I can confirm that this book can be read on a stand alone basis.

This is a well thought out and fairly intricate plot which becomes quite absorbing. It does require a certain amount of concentration due to the number of different characters introduced and the various twists in the story. The climax ties up the loose ends, but I felt that it did stretch credibility somewhat. However, overall this is well written and entertaining read, which towards the end is quite tense. I have not previously read anything by Alafair Burke but now I would certainly be inclined to read her other books. Her creation, Ellie Hatcher is an interesting character whom I imagine is set for further outings.

Readers should be aware that this book has been published in the USA as '212' and City of Lies is the UK title. So if you have already read 212 do not buy this!!
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More About the Author

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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