Ellie Hatcher

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

The Dead Connection Summary

Alafair Burke makes her highly-anticipated stand-alone debut with a fast-paced thriller about a woman haunted by evil in her present and the past. Expertly plotted and perfectly paced, Dead Connection catapults the author to the front ranks of thriller writers.

When two young women are murdered on the streets of Manhattan - exactly one year apart, both after dates arranged through an online dating website - Detective Ellie Hatcher is moved to a special assignment on the elite homicide task force. The killer has left behind a taunting hint connecting the two cases, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric and publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that Ellie is uniquely situated to help him pursue a terrifying theory: Someone is using the lure of the internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City.

To catch the killer, Ellie must enter an online world of fraudulent and stolen identities where no one is who he appears to be. Ellie's involvement in the investigation is personal. She fits the profile of the victims and knows what the pursuit of a sociopath can do to a cop. Her own father spent his life trying to identify the notorious serial murder known as BTK.

When the killer begins to parallel the conduct of the murderer who consumed her father, Ellie knows it has also become personal for him, too. In a dangerous game where she is both hunter and prey, Ellie's only choice is to find the killer before he claims his next victim - who Ellie knows could very well be herself.

©2007 Alafair Burke (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • The Dead Connection

    • Ellie Hatcher, Book 1
    • By: Alafair Burke
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Kaye
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    When two young women are murdered on the streets of Manhattan - exactly one year apart, both after dates arranged through an online dating website - Detective Ellie Hatcher is moved to a special assignment on the elite homicide task force. The killer has left behind a taunting hint connecting the two cases, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric and publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that Ellie is uniquely situated to help him pursue a terrifying theory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another great yarn from Ms Burke

    • By Lotus on 26-03-14

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 2

    • City of Fear

    • Ellie Hatcher, Book 2
    • By: Alafair Burke
    • Narrated by: Tyler Coppin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Chelsea Hart, a fresh-faced Indiana college student, spends the final night of her spring break in the VIP room of an elite New York City nightclub with her girlfriends and a fake ID. The next morning, joggers find her in East River Park, her celebrated blonde hair hacked off. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher catches the case and quickly homes in on a group of privileged men who were last seen partying with Chelsea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Female Lead

    • By Carôle on 04-10-12

    Regular price: £27.09

  • Book 3

    • City of Lies

    • An Ellie Hatcher Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Alafair Burke
    • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    Regular price: £27.09

  • Book 4

    • Never Tell

    • Ellie Hatcher, Book 4
    • By: Alafair Burke
    • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan town house, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life. But Julia’s enviable world was more complicated than it seemed. The pressure to excel at Casden was enormous.

    Regular price: £20.39

    • Never Tell

    • By: Alafair Burke
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    ‘Should come with a warning…highly addictive.’ Karin Slaughter. When prep school junior Julia Whitmire is found dead in the bathtub of her family’s Upper East Side apartment, her left wrist slashed and suicide note resting on her dresser, Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan initially write the case off as a suicide.

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 5

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