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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,642 ratings  ·  403 reviews
What if everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie?

After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District. According to Drew Campbell, the well-heeled corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentri
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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nancy
This book surprised me. I didn't really know what to expect but I found myself engrossed. By the time a reasonable person goes to bed, I simply had to finish because I had absolutely no predictions for the end.

The story seemed convoluted with so many seemingly unrelated characters and sub-stories. Surprisingly, the author brought them all together by the end and I must admit, I was surprised by the characters I'd grown to trust, although I had some suspicions about one of them. I was disappoint
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James Thane
Alice Humphrey is the daughter of a privileged family who is determined to make it on her own in the Big Apple. After being out of work for several months she has a chance meeting with Drew Campbell at an art exhibition. Campbell claims to represent a wealthy anonymous patron of the arts who wants to open a gallery, and Campbell believes that Alice, given her background, would be the perfect person to manage it. Alice accepts the offer and throws herself into the job, heart and soul.

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Michael
After spending a long time out of work, Alice Humphrey is pleasantly surprised when she's approached at an art show about running a new art gallery in New York City. At first, Alice believes it's too good to be true and her friends believe it's just an attempt by the handsome young man, Drew, to get her phone number. But it appears Drew's desire to have Alice run a gallery for a controversial artist is on the up and up. The opening is successful and Alice is excited about planning future shows f ...more
Dora
It's hard to decide how many stars to give "genre fiction". This was a really solid mystery/thriller, and for genre fiction it was 4 stars (maybe even 5), even if the writing wasn't brilliant or anything. Because we have writers like Tana French and Kate Atkinson, who are "genre" writers but still possess literary mastery, I hold books like this to a different standard.

As far as a classic murder mystery, this was fantastic. It follows all the "rules" of mystery fiction, and had some well-placed
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Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
As someone who's regularly enjoyed the Ellie Hatcher series, I found this stand-alone a great disappointment. Predictable, with a thread about a missing girl that feels irrelevant in the midst of the main plot. This thread is interesting, more so than the main story about a woman framed for a murder she didn't commit. But it's pointless, not suspenseful.

I had a lot of trouble feeling sympathy for Alice, the framed main character, and thought that she got out of her dilemma far too easily. The s
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Dixie
Long Gone was my first experience reading Alafair Burke, but it definitely will not be my last. I can now include Alafair Burke on my list of favorite female mystery authors.

In Long Gone, unemployed Alice Humphrey meets mysterious Drew Campbell during an art opening. Drew represents an undisclosed wealthy man who plans to open an art gallery featuring his lover's work in its first exhibition. Drew offers Alice the position of gallery manager. Even though the job seems too good to be true, Alice
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Elizabeth
I'm tempted to portray myself as smarmy (or sassy?) and simply write of this book: "The only thing 'long gone' was my interest," and leave it at that. But that's jerky, and not something I would appreciate reading about my own work. I am confused by the title, however...and that's only the start of the problems. The "subplot" involving a missing girl seemed to weigh down the main narrative mystery, rather than supporting it--or forwarding it in an interesting way. I think the author might secret ...more
Bibliophile
A nicely executed murder mystery set in NYC among the wealthy and cultured. It's suspenseful and there are no major plot holes, and that's all I ask from this genre. The heroine, 37-year-old Alice, is likeable enough, but a tad annoying with the strawberry skin and red hair and slanted nose. She's pretty, rich and well-educated, goes to bikram yoga and receives emotional support and great sex from a handsome guy who wants to be her boyfriend. When she runs into trouble, her famous movie director ...more
Carol
Quick-to-read contemporary mystery/thrillers set in NYC. Lead character is Alice Humphrey, a former child star and daughter of a famous film director and his formerly-an-actress wife. Alice is trying to live independently, without her parents' support, and after a spell of unemployment, stumbles upon a job as manager of an art gallery. She hasn't worked there for long when she arrives one morning to find the man who hired her dead in the gallery and the gallery stripped bare. The police zoom in ...more
Melliott
I picked up another of Alafair Burke's standalone thrillers for the weekend. I liked it a lot--the premise was interesting, and the ending was completely unexpected. As with the other book of hers that I read, however, I found the initial introduction to the book, with three or four separate story lines running, to be confusing, and so it took me awhile to "bond" with the book's protagonist. It does sort itself out, however, and then the momentum was good.

The primary story is about Alice Humphre
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Christine
Following a lay-off from the Metropolitan Museum Alice Humphrey jumps at a dream job of managing a gallery herself. The offer comes under somewhat unorthodox circumstances with somewhat unusual requests, but nothing that would outweigh taking the job. She discovers the person who offered her the job dead on the floor when she opens the gallery one morning and that single event changes her life forever. The reader learns more and more about her unusual life as she tries to exonerate herself of th ...more
Patricia
Alice Humphrey’s chance meeting with Drew Campbell at first glance appears to be a lucky break. Alice is unemployed and Drew Campbell offers her a chance to run a gallery and be her own boss. Alice’s father is a famous Hollywood producer and Alice had starred in some roles as a child star. Alice harbors some bad feelings towards her father and this opportunity to do something exciting on her own without any help from her family is just too good to pass up.

Alice took Drew up on his offer and open
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marymurtz
Long gone is a tightly wound, superbly drawn out and thrillingly tense mystery surrounding Alice Humphrey, the daughter of an aging Hollywood actress and famous Oscar-winning director. Alice, determined to get along in the world without relying on her rich and famous parents, soon finds herself unemployed and at loose ends in New York, her degree in Art History clearly inadequate to pay bills.

So when a handsome stranger strikes up a conversation with her in a gallery and offers her a job, she c
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A true suspense thriller that had me sucked into it from the first page to the last punctuation. The story centers around Alice Humphrey who is the daughter of a famous director in New York City, she has been unemployed and is trying to find her own path out from underneath the family name. Along comes an opportunity that may seem a little shady but is also too good to pass up and with it will come the biggest unraveling of family drama that will end up changing everything she thought she knew a ...more
Gloria Feit

The author has written six previous novels, but this is her first standalone, so her familiar characters and themes do not apply. Nevertheless, she has demonstrated an ability to take an idea and run with it, in this case two separate themes with some common threads.

The main plot involves Alice Humphrey, daughter of a famous motion picture director and his Academy Award-winning wife. Somewhat estranged from her father, and wishing to demonstrate her independence, she presently is unemployed when
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Caitlin
This is the second book I've read by Alafair Burke. The first one, 212, was just okay, but I was willing to give Long Gone a try.

Ooof. It felt like I read this book for at least 10 years. I kept thinking how much I wanted to quit reading it and then realizing I was far enough in that it seemed dumb to stop. I had that conversation with myself about every 50 pages all the way through to the 349 pages my advance copy has. Honestly it was like being trapped in a studio apartment with the kitchen si
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Barbara Mitchell
I had never read anything by Alafair Burke. She has written two series of three books each. This one is a stand-alone, a suspense novel set in New York City.

The story is about Alice Humphrey, a former child star and daughter of a big name director. She has purposely gone on her own after learning that her father had had affairs, but is having a tough time since she lost her job at a museum. She was an art history major, so she is at the opening of an artist's show when she is approached by a han
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Janebbooks
Murder in New York City...the greatest city in the world...

Michael Connelly reviews Alafair Burke's first standalone novel LONG GONE on the US Amazon product page. He relates a line from a Frank Sinatra song.."If I can make it here, I'll make it anywhere"...as an "anthem for a city and a state of mind." But Connelly, who makes the city of Los Angeles his own with his Harry Bosch novels, thinks that "writing a novel about the greatest city in the the world...would be an intimidating, even dauntin
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Sheila Beaumont
Though the job offer seems too good to be true, Alice Humphrey, unemployed for eight months, accepts a position managing a new art gallery in Manhattan. After the opening, she arrives at the gallery one morning to find the dead body of the good-looking, persuasive man who hired her. Soon it becomes obvious that she is the victim of an elaborate frame-up facilitated by social networking. Determined to clear her name and find the truth, Alice sets out to untangle the web of intrigue and deceit tha ...more
Cheryl
Alice Humphrey has her dream job working at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. That is until she was laid off. One bright moment did come from Alice’s unemployment. She was offered a job working for Drew as the main art curator for a small, private museum in the meat packing district. Alice believes there has to be a catch and there is. The artist is really different. His art work is almost riding on the edge of being pornographic. Alice figures she can handle one crazy artist. Though, when ...more
Jennifer
Sep 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "The Fugitive"
Recommended to Jennifer by: Alafair's dad!
Shelves: read-2012
A solid thriller that illustrates the age-old idea that if it seems "too good to be true," it probably isn't a good idea. Alice, the daughter of a famous Hollywood director, has spent years trying not to rely on the family name. After getting fired from her job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice spends months looking for work and is beginning to wonder what her next step can possibly be. A chance meeting with a gentleman at an art opening leads to what seems an amazing opportunity--the man ...more
Kari
Long Gone was a lot better than I expected. I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I liked this book. I almost gave up on it. The book starts with several story lines that seem to not fit in with each other. I decided that I was intrigued enough by one of the story lines to keep going with the book. I soon found myself engrossed!

Long Gone is well written with a well planned plot. I liked the way the story lines come together in the end. Every time I thought I had it all fi
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T
Struggling to finish this, it's just not grabbing me....It took 26 chapters before the characters started to come together into a common story line, too long to keep me much interested.

Thought the author's name was interesting, did a bit of research and discovered that she is the daughter of James Lee Burke, of Dave Robicheaux, fame (may have spelled that incorrectly, but too lazy to look it up and correct it right now). Read one of the JLBurke series and kind of enjoyed it as the setting is Lou
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Charlene
I'd never read this author before, nor am I inclined to struggle again through caricatures of people (at worst, the preacher) or two-dimensional people who do not give much to relationships they're supposedly in, if this book is typical of Ms Burke's writing.

The double (or triple?) plot lines do not work for me, especially the missing teen story threaded throughout. The other story (or two) would work better without the distraction.

As another reviewer said, it was difficult to keep the police ch
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Kelly
May 23, 2014 Kelly marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
This book is making my eyes glaze over trying to comprehend who these people are and how they connect with each other. It might not even be the book; it might just be me, because I feel like I'm supposed to know things I don't and I'm confused. No star rating--I didn't get far enough in to give it a fair one.
Katharine Ott
Alafair Burke's novel of suspense, Long Gone, is already long gone from my memory despite finishing it only a few days ago. Alice Humphrey, a rich girl trying to make it on her own by managing an art gallery, is the only character described in enough detail to make a connection with. She has discovered the proverbial "dead body" and we discover that her family is intricately involved with the murder. Most of this involvement is presented unexpectedly near the end of the book and the whole thing ...more
A Book Vacation
HarperCollins has been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release today. I must say that, overall, I enjoyed the novel, but I did struggle with it a little as well. I think that, for me, there were just too many characters and the jump between them all made the novel a little difficult for me to follow. By the end, of course, I was following it pretty well, but the beginning was difficult for me. If you’re anything like me, I suggest sticking ...more
Rebecca White
I would categorize this book as one step above light beach reading. Burke keeps it interesting, but in a way, you feel like you are reading the script of a Law and Order show. It's nothing out of this world, but the character(s) are likable and real(isn). It's hard to say really because I'm not the daughter of a Stephen Speilberg(esque) New Yorker.

The only thing I found to be un-enjoyable about the book was the style of the 1st third of the book. Too much jumping back and forth between story li
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Tina
I was excited to read this author when Lisa Unger added her to her summer reading list. The story keeps flipping back and forth between so many characters and story lines. I had a hard time getting into the story and the characters because there was just too much going on all at once.
Michael Jenkins
Sep 23, 2012 Michael Jenkins rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE! I DID NOT BOTHER TO FINISH.
There are a few things that makes a good thriller to me: intriguing plot, lively characters and consistency. This book had none of it, it was poorly written and the characters were a huge flop. I did not care about the murder, what led do it or the rave reviews that this book had. Considering that mystery is my favorite genre, I was anticipating to read a fantastic book. Instead all I got was a forgettable character name Alice who took a job in the art industry, only to find her boss Drew murder ...more
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