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Long Gone

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,796 Ratings  ·  509 Reviews
Long Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today.”
--Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke’s first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York C
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Jun 22, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James Thane
Aug 17, 2011 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Inevitably i
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
Mar 27, 2011 Dora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2012 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 06, 2011 Caitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 19, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are primarily bad reviews on this book, but I quite enjoyed it! I don't require too much out of my mystery books, aside from a surprise ending, which this supplied! I liked the writing and for a first standalone, I think Burke did a great job wrapping the novel up. I was engaged very quickly, and I really enjoyed how she weaved two separate plot lines in to one. Overall I enjoyed this, I think it's a quick, engaging read.
Jun 21, 2011 Dixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 27, 2013 Charlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot. Some profanity. Second read. Well narrated. Recommended.
Jun 14, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feeling undecided about proceeding with (Alafair) Burke’s bibliography after two of her Samantha Kinkaid tales, we decided to try this standalone mystery, “Gone” (in addition to the trial we plan of one of the author’s Ellie Hatcher series). In this novel, an unemployed art major, Alice Humphrey, a famous actor’s daughter trying to make it on her own, suspiciously lands a gallery manager’s job at a party {?!}, accepting without a clue about the owner or even much about her boss. A murder after o ...more
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.
Jan 23, 2015 Cyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS - this was my first Alafair Burke book and I wasn't disappointed. It had a decent plot with some twists and turns that might leave you surprised. There were only one or two of these that I wouldn't have guessed (but one of those was purely because no information had been given to lead to that conclusion anyway - the other, while unexpected, wasn't totally a surprise because there had been a clue dropped here and there along the way that hinted at something more), but one of the biggest ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2011 Jonetta rated it really liked it
Alice Humphrey has been out of work for almost a year. She's an art major with a fairly spotty employment record to begin with but is determined to make her way without help from her famous father. When she has a chance encounter with Drew Campbell, a self proclaimed entrepreneur, at a gallery showing, she's offered a job managing a new gallery for an anonymous client that will initially showcase one artist, Hans Schuler. Alice obviously hadn't heard of the adage about things being too good to b ...more
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
Nov 09, 2011 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 12, 2011 marymurtz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen Hagen
Long Gone, by Alafair Burke, b-plus, Narrated by Tamara Marston, produced by Highbridge Audio Company, downloaded from

Alice Humphrey is in her late thirties. She has never found her niche in life as an adult after having had a short life of fame as a child actor and also the daughter of a famous film producer. Then one night as she is viewing art at an exhibit, a man calling himself Drew Campbell comes up to her and offers her a dream job, to run her own art gallery with no interfer
Gloria Feit
Oct 10, 2011 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Barbara Mitchell
May 18, 2011 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2013 Janebbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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" 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
Aug 10, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila DeChantal
Jun 22, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Humphrey really could have it all. After all her father was the famous award winning director, Frank Humphrey. Alice knew that life wasn't for her and had insisted that she make it on her own. After months of struggling financially she can not believe her luck when while visiting an art gallery, she meets Drew Campbell who offers her a job as a new gallery manager. The owner who chooses to remain anonymous, will leave the details up to Alice, and it will be as though Alice owns the gallery ...more
May 19, 2011 J.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Out of work for too long a period and unwilling to continue accepting help from her father, a famous director, Alice Humphrey jumps at the chance for a dream job managing a new art gallery.

Drew Campbell, her benefactor is a smooth-talker who claims to represent an eccentric client who chooses to remain anonymous. The only catch in the offer is the gallery opening must feature a solo exhibit for a photographer alleged to be the owner’s current lover.

Despite reservations expressed by Lily, her bes
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Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and crimina ...more
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