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City of Fear

by Alafair Burke

Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Thrillers
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 16 February 2009
Number of pages: 432

An electrifying thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end, City of Fear is for anyone who loves Tess Gerritsen and Michael Connelly. In a city full of victims, it's murder to choose just one...Fresh-faced student Chelsea Hart spends her final night in New York in an elite nightclub with girlfriends and a fake ID. The next morning she is found murdered, in East River Park her celebrated blonde hair hacked off. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is first on the case and quickly homes in on the city slickers last seen with Chelsea. When a tight case is brought against one of them, the department is elated. But Ellie isn't so sure. Chelsea's murder is eerily similar to three other deaths that occurred a decade ago: the victims were young, female, and in each case, the killer had taken hair as a souvenir. Is Ellie right to have her suspicions, or is she delving too deep into a simple case? Ellie's search for the truth pits her against her fellow cops and places her under the watchful eye of a psychopath, eager to add her to his list...

What the papers say:
Praise for City of Fear: '[Ellie Hatcher] is warm, funny and engaging, and City of Fear is efficient and briskly paced' THE GUARDIAN 'A fast moving and very realistic book.' SCOTTISH HOME & COUNTRY Praise for Alafair Burke: 'These are characters I'd follow forever.' Tess Gerritsen 'Alafair Burke just keeps getting better and better.' Harlan Coben 'She's got what it takes and will be sticking around.' Michael Connelly 'Suspenseful and entertaining.' Kathy Reichs 'Alafair Burke delivers a first-rate thriller.' Lisa Gardner 'Terrific.' Laura Lippman 'Burke's brisk and ultimately suspenseful narrative offers wily and intricate plotting and sharply etched major and minor characters.' Kirkus Reviews 'Burke leaves her principle characters little time to sleep; her readers will relate.' Publishers Weekly 'Alafair Burke is a wonderful writer with the kind of skill and confidence I admire. I'm a big fan.' Sue Grafton 'Alafair Burke has been on the front lines in the courtroom and on the streets, and brings her world alive.' Linda Fairstein

Author's Biography:
A former deputy district attorney, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School and lives in New York City. Alafair is the daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke.

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