Thursday, July 22, 2010


by Alafair Burke

There are lots of things going on in this page turner -- a real estate mogul with a judge in his pocket, three women working for an escort service, a missing woman, an N.Y.P.D. lieutenant with a conflict of interest and murder. 212 opens with Detective Ellie Hatcher spending a night in jail for contempt of court. The book quickly moves onto the murder investigation of Megan Guenther who had a lodged a complaint of cyber stalking before her death. Sadly, the desk sergeant told her "nothing could be done." The title, 212, refers to New York City's area code and the name of a plush penthouse, the location of one of the murders. Alafair Burke is the daughter of James Lee Burke. But Ellie Hatcher is nothing like Dave Robicheaux. Alafair has her own voice and sets this series in New York City where she lives and teaches at Hostra University. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the Samantha Kincaid series by Alafair Burke, the works of Brian Freeman and the Walt Fleming series by Ridley Pearson.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official 212 page on the official Alafair Burke web site ]

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