Thursday, April 8, 2010

212: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
212

BY ALAFAIR BURKE

ABOUT THE BOOK:

212
is acclaimed author—and former deputy district attorney—Alafair Burke’s gripping thriller featuring hip, Manhattan-based detective Ellie Hatcher. Fans of Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton, and PJ Tracy will find it hard to put 212 down until the very last page.

In New York City, Nights Are Dangerous. Days Are Numbered.

When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a Web site specializing in campus gossip, she's taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her—but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her there's nothing they can do. Her friends are sure it's someone's idea of a joke, but when Megan is murdered in a vicious attack, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced that the online threats are more than just empty words.

With smooth, straight-talking partner J. J. Rogan at her side, Ellie tries to identify Megan's enemies, but she begins to wonder if the coed's murder was more than just the culmination of a cyber obsession. Phone records reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. 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 another young woman dies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alafair Burke is the author of what the Sun-Sentinel has hailed as "two powerhouse series" featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. 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."

Her most recent novel, Angel's Tip, has been praised by Faye Kellerman as "a riveting read that snaps with the beat of New York. Be prepared for a knuckle-biting journey that'll keep you turning pages until the very end." Tami Hoag says, "Alafair Burke has created a winning heroine in Ellie Hatcher, someone to root for not only in this book, but I hope in many more tales as yet untold." According to Sandra Brown, "Alafair Burke is one of those rare writers whose books are both scary and cerebral. Complex plotting, multi-layered characters, a creepy serial killer — in Angel's Tip, Burke has once again.

REVIEW:

212 by Alafair Burke is a new author and series to me but one that I would be interested in reading more of. This is a fast paced detective novel with well developed characters and a precisely woven tight plot. Set in New York City, Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J. J. Rogan, are very good at their job. They balance each other quite well with their individual styles and strengths. However, they are stymied as they have been working for months on a case where a bodyguard has been murdered in the owner’s bedroom and there are no suspects that pan out. The deceased was a body guard for Sam Sparks who is well-known but has done little to cooperate with the detectives. Along with that, Sparks apparently has friends in the legal system backing him. A few months pass and just when they finally get a break in the case, they are pulled from it to work a new case where an NYU female student, Megan Gunther, has been murdered.

Megan had reported to the police that someone was threatening her on the internet but they told her nothing could be done about something like that on a campus website. Understandably, Megan’s parents are distraught and angry. J.J. and Ellie are as well because they were so close to a break in their other case. However, as Ellie checks this new case, she sees some similarities in both these cases and so decides to go willingly to take it on. As they compare the way the two cases seem to mirror each other, they try to come up with a scenario to connect the two victims but can’t. Ellie Hatcher is sure they are missing something very important but doesn’t see it as yet. When another woman is found dead, the detectives now are in a time crunch to find the key to these murders before someone else becomes the next target. As Hatcher and Rogan do begin to unravel the clues, a secret that should not get out emerges. Now, they ask themselves, what is next? How many more will have to die in order for them to keep this a secret?

Burke will keep her readers matching wits with the detectives and the murderer to try and figure out how these very different people are connected as readers turn the pages to find the killer before he, or she, strikes again!

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO KYLE AND GOOD PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS EXCITING

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111 comments:

Pamela Keener said...

I love mysteries thrillers. Tami Hoag is one of my favorite authors so an accolade from her alone makes me want to rush out and try this new to me author.
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Pamela Keener said...

I participated in the Lumby series giveaway.
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Pamela Keener said...

She watches way too much telelvision and thinks 30 Rock is the best thing that ever happened to comedy.
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skkorman said...

Burke's father is one of my favorite writers of all time—James Lee Burke!

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skkorman said...

I love police thrillers—please enter me to win!

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skkorman said...

I entered to win "The Bride Collector"!

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holdenj said...

You really intrigued me with the comparison to PJ Tracy. If Ellie is a good, strong, lead, I know I will want to follow her into many adventures. Thanks for the chance to win and intro to her.
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holdenj said...

I entered the Lumby series giveaway! Many, many times! :)
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holdenj said...

Alafair is a Buffy fan. Enough said!
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holdenj said...

I entered the Flirting With Forever giveaway.
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g.g. said...

It sounds like a good mystery to try and figure out


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holdenj said...

I entered the Laura Rider's Masterpiece giveaway.
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g.g. said...

I entered for the Lumby Series

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g.g. said...

I entered for Giada at Home

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g.g. said...

I found out that Alafair has a dog named Duffer

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g.g. said...

I entered for The Bride Collector

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g.g. said...

I entered for A Homemade Life

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g.g. said...

I entered for Love in the Time of Homeschooling


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holdenj said...

I entered the Giada giveaway!
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Margie said...

The book review really caught my eye...a murder mystery involving the Internet. Exciting!
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Margie said...

The author says that the TV show she cannot live withoug is 30 Rock.
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Margie said...

I entered the Lumby Series giveaway.
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Margie said...

I entered the Laura Rider's Masterpiece giveaway.
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Margie said...

I entered Love in the Time of Home Schooling.
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Margie said...

I entered for Homemade Life.
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Margie said...

I entered for Love in Mid Air.
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Margie said...

I entered the Snubber.com giveaway.
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traveler said...

I have entered the Giada giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This book sounds unique and amazing. Mysteries are a favorite of mine. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered the Laura Rider's Masterpiece. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered The Lumby series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered It's all Greek to me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Angie said...

I love books dealing with Cyber obsessions, cyber murder, etc. This looks great, please enter me!

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traveler said...

I entered The Bride Collector. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered A Homemade LIfe. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered Love in the time of homeschooling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Angie said...

I like that the other also loves "spaz" music. Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm is also one of my favorites!

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traveler said...

I entered Sunbber. com. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered Love in Mid Air. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

scottsgal said...

She has her JD from Stanford
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scottsgal said...

I like the whole college campus angle
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scottsgal said...

Entered Masterpiece giveaway
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scottsgal said...

I entered each of the Lumby series giveaways
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scottsgal said...

I entered Flirting with Forever
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Francine said...

I like that it is a mystery with great characters.

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Lisa R said...

I told myself I wasn't going to enter any more contests for awhile, but---
everything about this books says READ ME! so here I am again.
When you have blubs by my favorite suspense writers Hoag, Kellerman, Brown, sorry I just can't walk away.

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Lisa R said...

"MY FAVORITE FOOD IS…fish tacos"

I like fish and I like tacos---but


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Lisa R said...

twitter--alterlisa
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Lisa R said...

Entered "SNUBBER.com BIOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY"

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Lisa R said...

Entered your FLIRTING WITH FOREVER GIVEAWAY

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Entered "To Sin With a Scoundrel"

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Entered "Devil's Star"


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Entered "Language of Secrets"

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Entered-"A HOMEMADE LIFE: AUTHOR INTERVIEW, REVIEW, AND GIVEAWAY"

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Tore said...

212 sounds like a very interesting suspense novel. i love reading suspense and romance novels. Please enter me in contest.
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

Anything having to do with stalking interests me. Great review
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Linda Kish said...

Her writing has been lauded by some of my favorite authors. And I love a good scary book.

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Linda Kish said...

She loves to golf and wants to go on the senior LPGA tour some day.

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Linda Kish said...

I entered the It's All Greek to Me giveaway

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bison61 said...

I love a good mystery this sounds good - someone knowing your daily routine down to the minute and watching you - would scare me!

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Darcie K. said...

I love how mysterious and suspenseful this book sounds!
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Darcie K. said...

I entered IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME
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Darcie K. said...

I entered FLIRTING IS FOREVER
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Darcie K. said...

I entered LOVE IN THE TIME OF HOMESCHOOLING
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Darcie K. said...

I entered LAURA RIDER'S MASTERPIECE
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Darcie K. said...

I entered TEN CENTS A DANCE
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Darcie K. said...

I entered THE BRIDE COLLECTOR
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Terri said...

Your comment that her books are "both scary and cerebral" intrigued me, since I've never read this author. I like the modern setting and the fact that the author was a deputy district attorney. That will definitely add some authenticity!

Terri said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/dahbou/status/11952070921

Terri said...

On the Harper Collins site, I read that the author "... thinks 30 Rock is the best thing that ever happened to comedy because Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are the two funniest people on the planet."

Terri said...

I entered the LAURA RIDER'S MASTERPIECE giveaway.

Terri said...

I entered the 31 BOND STREET giveaway

Marilu said...

This sounds really good. I enjoy Lisa Gardner books, and LOVE Sandra Brown. As soon as I read the line saying that "fans of Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton, and PJ Tracy will find it hard to put 212 down until the very last page." I knew I have to read it! Please enter me

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Anonymous said...

I entered the bride collector giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

It is interesting to see how our modern technology has it's bad side. I think this novel sounds really good.
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rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this because it sounds mysterious and I know it would hold my attention.
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rubynreba said...

The author's favorite item of clothing is her bright blue coat.
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rubynreba said...

I entered The Mapping of Life and Death giveaway.
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rubynreba said...

I entered The Bride Collector giveaway.
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rubynreba said...

I entered the Snubber.com Biography giveaway.
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rubynreba said...

I entered 31 Bond Street giveaway.
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rubynreba said...

I entered Ten Cents a Dance giveaway.
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rubynreba said...

I entered Love in Mid Air giveaway.
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Glenn said...

Your review makes it sound like a great mystery, and I'm always on the lookout for them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Misusedinnocence said...

The main character is an NYU student, and I went to school at nearby Eugene Lang/New School University and would love to read about the locales again.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I entered the Giada at Home giveaway.

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Christine H said...

I love books about old New York City Pre Civil War will be interesting. The reviews on the book are great. I'd love to win a copy. +1

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Christine H said...

I tweeted the giveaway
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Christine H said...

I entered 31 BOND STREET +1

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Christine H said...

I've entered TEN CENTS A DANCE +1

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Christine H said...

I entered THE MIDDLE PLACE and LIFT GIVEAWAY

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Christine H said...

I entered THE LUMBY SERIES GIVEAWAY

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Jolee said...

Learned the author is James Burke's daughter. cool. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

learned her favorite cities are Paris, New York, and Portland, from Harper's webssite. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

entered Ten Cents a Dance giveaway too. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

entered Ten Cents a Dance giveaway too. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

Entered the Mapping of Love & Death giveaway. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Carol M said...

Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, and Sue Grafton are among my favorite authors so I'm sure to enjoy this book, too.
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Carol M said...

James Lee Burke is her father. I also enjoy his books.
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Carol M said...

I entered the 31 Bond Street giveaway.
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Carol M said...

I entered the Mapping of Love and Death giveaway.
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Carol M said...

Tweet
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Sarah E said...

I love crime fiction, and I'm interested in reading a crime fiction novel written by a law profesor.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

Something interesting I found out about the author is that she went to Stanford Law School.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered the 31 Bond Street giveaway.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered Ten Cents a Dance.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I tweeted:

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered The Mapping of Love and Death giveaway.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered the She-Rain giveaway.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered the My Sister's Voice giveaway.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I also entered the How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly giveaway.

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