Book Review - City Of Lies By Alafair Burke

Book Review - City Of Lies By Alafair Burke from The Book Abyss

By: The Book Abyss  03-Nov-2010
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..Tanya Abbott noticed the quiver in her index finger as it pressed the three silver buttons in the rain - 9.1.1..' And so the tale begins.

Publisher Synopsis:When NYU student Megan Gunther is murdered in after receiving threats posted on a campus website, Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced there is a link.

With straight-talking partner J. J. Rogan, Ellie Hatcher tries to identify Megan's enemies, but she begins to wonder if the girl's murder was more than just the culmination of a cyber obsession. Then phone records reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real-estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. Even more suspiciously, the detectives also learn that the dead real-estate agent shared a secret connection to a celebrity mogul whose bodyguard was mysteriously killed a few months earlier. And when Megan's roommate suddenly disappears, they know they have to find her before its too late...

Inspired by two unconnected but true US sex scandals, City of Lies reunites readers with detective Ellie Hatcher, Burke's fearless heroine from her two previous novels, Dead Connection and City of Fear. Using her intimate knowledge of New York City, Burke effortlessly weaves her way through a maze of fact, fiction and fantasy to bring the streets of NYC alive in this murder mystery romp.

In true 'crime fiction' style Hatcher possesses some, but not all, of the clich├ęd character traits you would expect a young female homicide detective to have including a latent indifference towards authority and a determined belief in her own abilities. A fearless detective with sharp instincts and an unshakable sense of right and wrong, Burke has skilfully developed a character you can't help but like.  

Hatchers partner, J.J. Rogan, on the other hand is a little under developed as a character. I would have liked a little more background given he is integral to the plot. Other main characters including Sparks, Megan Gunther, Tanya Abbott, Paul Brandon and Nick Dillon are adeptly developed to make this a very real and interesting tale.

The sophisticated plot is well written and anything but predictable. There was many a time I thought I had it all worked out only to be proven wrong a few pages later. Infused with pop culture references and an innate sense of place, Burke brings NYC to life between the pages of her novel. She expertly connects all the threads of the plot seamlessly in what is a fast paced, exciting and interesting thriller.

'.Alafair Burke is the author of what the Sun-Sentinal has hailed as "two power house series" featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher in , and and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid in , and . 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.'

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