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Long Gone

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,143 ratings  ·  355 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...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2011)
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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...more
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.

Inevitably i...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
Alafair Burke's Long Gone is a fantastic he said/she said thriller in which the truth has more twists and turns than the most complex roller coaster. Alice investigates the various secrets that threaten her safety and her freedom while trying to stay ahead of the police who have already decided upon her guilt in spite of the lingering clues. It makes for an intense read that requires reading from start to finish, if only to avoid constantly thinking about it when not reading it.

Alice is not your...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
Wow! Alafair can write. Daughter of James Lee Burke, Alafair's first stand alone novel Long Gone is crisp, quick, and complete. I finished Long Gone in one reading and although sleep deprived when finished I reread the last chapter and epilogue.
Alafair, is an unusual name, one I first saw in one of her father's Dave Robicheux novels. Alafair has her own style and her own gift with both plot structure and character development. I plan to add both her Ellie hatcher and Samantha Kincaid series to...more
Oct 04, 2011 Suzanne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: Schoolhouse Rock - Art
Shelves: mysteries
I really love both of Ms. Burke's mystery series (Samantha Kincaid and Ellie Hatcher) so I had high expectations for this new stand-alone. I must confess I'm a bit disappointed. The book took quite a bit of time to 'really start' and I'm still not sure if I liked the protagonist very well. The sub-story about the missing teen felt sort of 'mushed into' the main plot with no real purpose.

Admittedly the last 1/3-1/4 of the book really picked up and the main mystery had a satisfying resolution.
I liked this book for a while and then a couple of chapters later I couldn't stand it. Some writers have success with switching characters but I felt that Ms. Burke was not successful, it was more of a jolt when after three chapters about Alice I was thrown into another minor character. Ick. To add to the confusion someone missed the fact that Rev. Hardy was AKA Rev. Harvey ?! I must admit I even skipped pages..something I rarely do. Ms. Burke got something in the title correct...LONG.
Long Gone is Alafair Burke's first standalone. As seems to be a theme in her books, things are not always what they appear, and computers are not always our friends.

Once I got into it, the multiple paths that the story could take kept me turning pages. As is often the case in plot driven books, the characters were fairly flat. And the ending was clumsy. But those niggles are minor compared to the enjoyment that I got. Recommended.
Tad Richards
Very skillful plotting, including a device I hadn't seen before.
Listened toLong Gone and it was very good, both the story and the narration. Had to keep listening so it was the audiobook equivalent of a real page turner. Twists and turns to the very, very end.

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