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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher #1)

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When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that...more
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Published July 10th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2007)
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I had no idea this was by James Lee Burke's daughter until there was a reference to his main character, Dave Robichaux, about midway through this book. The nut didn't fall far from the tree in this case! And wasn't Dave's daughter named Alafair, too?

I enjoyed this thriller about Ellie Hatcher, a rookie NYPD detective, who gets her first shot at a murder case. While I did guess who the bad guy was early on, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested and a few surprises to make me wa...more
If you love a great suspenseful mystery series, you're at the right place. Alafair Burke introduces into the world of Ellie Hatcher, a new NYPD detective who's assigned to a new case. When we meet Ellie, we're welcome into her world as how she's treated as a fellow police officer, and how people look at her. Tough as nails, we see how she cares for her mother and brother, and how devastated she is, with some emotional baggage back in Kansas. She doesn't give up. This mystery series packs a punch...more
A thrilling hunt to find justice for the dead women and a brilliant effort to connect the the crimes to First Date, a company created to find true love. I enjoyed meeting Ellie and her brother Jess plus a few other characters. This was a fast paced crime that had all the elements of a serial killer and more. I had a feeling that a sleight of hand was being played with the clues but didn't see the outcome at the end, exactly.... (view spoiler)...more
This was a fun read, and a great start to a series! The main character-Ellie Hatcher was a strong independent woman, and I liked her right from the start. I give DEAD CONNECTION 3 and 1/2 stars. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

Goodreads Description- When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to First Date, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the Internet and the p...more
I haven’t read a good mystery novel in a while and Dead Connection definitely satisfied my hunger for one. It had everything I could ever ask for in a mystery novel. Great characters, check. Suspenseful, check. Fast pace plot, check.

I love the characters in the book and even more than that I love the relationships and interactions they had with one another. The characters were drawn extremely realistically and they were fully fleshed out. Each character carried around their own personal baggage,...more
A new series here, Ellie Hatcher is a rookie detective called to help on a homicide, but not for her skills so much as her history. She was highlighted in the news a fews years back as she demanded that her father's death be looked into more closely, it was ruled a suicide and she felt it was murder. Now she gets caught up w/ Russian gangsters & an evil man who will kill to serve his own ends.
Jun 24, 2008 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krista & Emma
Recommended to Suzanne by: Cincinnati Public Library
Shelves: mysteries
This was my first Alafair Burke book, although technically the Samantha Kincaid series was written before this Ellie Hatcher debut. Vastly enjoyed the writing style and intricate mystery. Loved Ellie and can't wait for more in this series!!
Dead Connection was my first read by Alafair Burke. I could not get into the protag, Det. Ellie Hatcher till about mid-way. While the premise was alright the plot pacing was off. It was a slow go till the mid-way point and after that there were parts that went to fast and had too much info dumping. Then towards the end there were pivotal points that should have been addressed but were not till the last few pages and then were pressed into one or two sentences. I hate when that happens. Case in p...more
Stacy Bearse
An above-average mystery centered on the murky world of online dating services. Burke creates a strong plot with the requisite twists and turns, as her likable characters struggle through the mean streets of New York City. Burke is the daughter of my favorite novelist James Lee Burke which leads to my one nitpick criticism: A cheesy and totally unnecessary cameo appearance by Dave Robicheaux, daddy Burke's protagonist. A great read for your next transcontinental flight.
In Dead Connection, we are introduced to Ellie Hatcher, a New York rookie detective who is temporarily assigned to the homicide unit to help with the investigation of a possible serial killer. The victims are young and attractive whose only connection seems to be the use of an online dating service. Working with veteran detective Flan McIlroy, the two make their way through the many leads and misleads to eventually head in the right direction.

Ellie is smart, works hard, and stands up for what sh...more
I had trouble getting into this book initially, but I was away on a short trip and had plenty of time to immerse myself in it. I am glad I did because this turned out to be a satisfying read by the last third of the story. I was thankful that I finished it in two days because my short term memory issues would have been overly taxed if I had spread this out for a longer period of time--a new character or plot twist would emerge frequently, except near the end when characters described earlier are...more
Listened to this as an audio book and it was very well read by Elizabeth Kaye. It is the first of a series and I will be looking for the next one. It is a detective murder mystery with an interesting plot and characters.
When a woman is murdered after a date she arranged through internet dating site First Date, rookie police detective Ellie Hatcher is unexpectedly assigned to work on the case. Ellie is paired up with veteran detective Flann McIlroy who suspects this might be part of a series of murders. As more murdered woman are discovered in connection with the case, it becomes harder rather than easier to determine a pattern and a motive for the killings.

Although this book felt a bit formulaic and somewhat pr...more
I'll be honest -- it was this video that got me looking into this series. I figured an author with taste enough to help out the Kickstarter enough to get that video as a reward is someone I'd enjoy spending time with.

And, yeah, I was right. Ellie Hatcher, her brother, and her father's dark past are right up my alley. Rookie detective, Ellie Hatcher, has been temporarily assigned to Homicide to assist with the investigation into a series of murders revolving around the client list of an online da...more
Rachel Brady
I "read" this one on audiobook. Both the story and the narrator were fantastic! Lots of twists and turns in this one with a variety of unique characters, each with personal demons (I like that). The mystery revolves around murders that are connected to an online dating service, a hook that internet junkies like myself will enjoy. I'll be back for more Alafair Burke.
Detective Ellie Hatcher is just as interesting a character as Samantha Kincaid, the Deputy District Attorney in Burke's previous series. The first book in this series ties a current series of murders in New York City involving an online dating service to Ellie's own background. Her father was a Witchita, Kansas police officer investigating a serial killer and Ellie believes he was killed by that serial killer. Homicide detective Flann McIllroy requests Ellie's assistance in dealing with his pres...more
A better than average plot, with a very well-drawn protagonist in Ellie Hatcher. I loved the reference to Dave Robi....(unpronouncable name) in Bayeux Teche. Lovely sense of familiarity.
I am looking forward to reading more of these.
This story had me hooked from the very beginning. The author kept redirecting so I was not able to figure out who the "bad" guy was until the very end. Well thought out plot made for an enjoyable listen!! 8 of 10 for me on this one.
Detective Ellie Hatcher is specifically sought for a special assignment on the homicide task force when a clue left at the scene of a murder seems to connect two cases to an online dating service.
Premise: Man manipulates online dating service to kill women.

Best part: e-mails and dialog between Ellie and Peter.

Worst: Writing got clunkier as the book went along.
Leon Aldrich
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.....

I sure am glad James Lee Burke is her Dad. Alafair Burke is now one of my favorites!
Sharal Hunter
The first book in the Ellie Hatcher series by new to me author, Alafair Burke introduces us to Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD Detective who is transferred to a new unit to help solve the murders of four women, who are all connected by an online dating site.

I absolutely loved Ellie. She's strong but not arrogant or pushy. She has some demons in her past that she is battling surrounding the death of her father, also a cop, when she was a kid. She's tenacious but she is open and flexible to looking at the...more
This is the first in in Alafair Burke's Detective Ellie Hatcher series. While the spooling out of Ellie's voice took me about a fourth of the way through to warm up to, I was immediately drawn into the plot. Burke's thorough research of internet usage and its hazards is apparent from the first. Her explanation of very technical, factual aspects of this particular technology while simultaneously introducing Ellie's character are very artfully and skillfully accomplished.

The development of the br...more
PROTAGONIST: Ellie Hatcher, NYPD detective
SETTING: Manhattan
SERIES: Standalone thriller

Taking a break from her series featuring Oregon-based DA Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has written a timely standalone thriller set in Manhattan, using the world of online dating as the playground of a killer.

Ellie Hatcher is a rookie detective in the robbery division who receives a special assignment to work in homicide alongside crusty detective Flann McIlroy. McIlroy has a reputation for being...more
Kathleen Hagen
Dead Connection, by Alafair Burke, B-plus, Narrated by Christopher Lane, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

This book is part of the Ellie Hatcher series. Ellie, assigned to burglaries on the NYPD, is suddenly requested for a space on a special homicide taskforce set up to catch what police are beginning to see as a serial killer. It’s never quite clear to me why Ellie, a fairly new detective, would have better qualifications for this taskforce than others, but that’s real...more
I read this book based on a good review from Entertainment Weekly and I'm thankful I did as otherwise I'm not sure this writer would have entered my radar. It's quite good for the mystery genre and fills the most essential requirements of a likable hero/heroine and unputdownableness (is that a word? It totally should be.) Burke has created a heroine in Ellie Hatcher who is wonderfully believable and sympathetic so I'm happy to see this is the first in a series--the third book is due out in April...more
I discovered a short ways into this book that I'd already read it -- four years ago -- but didn't recall all the plot details and liked the character of Ellie, so I continued to read in anticipation of the next book in the series. I think Alafair Burke is a good writer -- her father is a master, so she's got a lot to live up to. This book establishes the main characters well, makes Ellie a normal young NYC police officer, just recently promoted to Detective and paired up with the awkwardly nickn...more
Dec 10, 2007 Toni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Ellie Hatcher learned the cruel ways of reality at the young age of fourteen. Her father, a well respected Wichita police detective had literally given his life to the force. Ellie’s memories of her father poised at a make-shift desk in the basement pouring tirelessly over evidence and eye witness accounts desperately trying to solve the Collegeville Strangler murders were constantly present in her mind. Her father never did solve the case, he was found in his car, slumped over the steering whee...more
Stacy Alesi's
Burke takes a break from her terrific Samantha Kincaid legal thriller series (Judgment Calls; Missing Justice; Close Case) with this novel of Internet dating, murder and high tech mayhem. Young New York City police detective Ellie Hatcher is temporarily re-assigned from the robbery division to maverick homicide detective Flann McIlroy. McIlroy is trying to tie together the murder of two young single women and wants some input from someone who can relate. An email is found on the body of the seco...more
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Alafair Burke is the 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 criminal courtrooms, and have been...more
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