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The Eleventh Victim (Hailey Dean #1)

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,346 ratings  ·  180 reviews
"Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor. Then quiet. She strained to hear in the darkness. Nothing more, and then... The air moved in the room and she knew. He was here."As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Hachette Books
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Julie (jjmachshev)
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"The Eleventh Victim" is a complex murder mystery about a woman who loses her fiance in a senseless crime and then embarks on a career as a prosecutor. The author, Nancy Grace, was herself a prosecutor in Atlanta GA and she brings her knowledge of the (in)justice system and writes with compelling authority about the twists and turns 'justice' can take.

Hailey Dean's finace was violently murdered shortly before their wedding during a mugging, for a whopping total of $35. T
Teresa in Ohio
I guess a 2.5 rating would work. I felt as if I was reading 3 short stories that were somehow turned into a novel. The whole storyline taking place in the islands of Georgia had NOTHING to do with the main plot which is a convicted murderer has his sentence overturn and plots his revenge. Oh how did that happen you ask, well the second story is a judge who gave away his vote for a chance to be governor. For a moment that story fit with the plot, but then we travel the road of corrupt politicans. ...more
Tina Hayes
'The Eleventh Victim' by Nancy Grace kept me turning pages to see what was gonna happen next. The characterization was skillfully mastered here, with each character coming through vividly and clearly having his/her own individual voice. The plot of this Thriller/Suspense novel was perfectly paced, unfolding and twisting in just the right spots. And there will only be a handful of people who will guess how this ends.

Nancy Grace's career and personal experiences must have helped her pen this intr
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum...skip it, you've already read one just like it., August 9, 2009

This review is from: The Eleventh Victim (Hardcover)

This is formulaic fiction at best, and convoluted storytelling at worst. The best way to sum up The Eleventh Victim is to say that there is nothing new and fresh here -- everything in the book has been written and read by anyone who likes thrillers. I found myself just plodding along, eager to be finished so I could move on to something more interesting.

Hailey Dean’s interest in psychology falters when her fiancée is murdered weeks before their wedding. From that point, Hailey, committed to seeking justice, obtains her law degree. As an assistant district attorney Atlanta, she becomes known for her success record and vigilance in seeing criminals fully prosecuted. But her final case, that of a serial killer who murders prostitutes, takes its toll. After the killer is sentenced to death, Hailey packs up her belongings and heads to New York City, ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
This was an interesting mystery story. Hailey Dean studies to begin her career as a psychologist, until her fiancee is murdered. She changes career plans, goes to law school and becomes a no-nonsense tough prosecutor in Atlanta. After a high profile serial murder case, she quits her job, moves to New York and starts a psychology practice. Then everything changes as someone frames her for two murders and tries to kill her as well. The police think she is a murderer so they are no help to her. She ...more
I was very disappointed in this book. Ending was predictable and wrapped up all in a matter of pages.
it was okay.. guess i expected more from nancy grace
The Eleventh Victim is a fairly standard murder mystery, something of a pot boiler, if truth be told. Weirdly enough, it's quite readable, even suspenseful at times. However, it's marred by cartoonish, stereotypical characters and a sometimes hard to follow plot line dotted with totally improbable events. Among the more unbelievable: a Georgia judge who really believes he has more than a snowball's chance in hell to be elected Governor after casting the deciding vote to overturn the death penalt ...more
I loved this book. I loved the Characters. This book never stopped the twists and turns. You think you'd figured it out by some of the clues then bang, just another twist. Nancy Grace impeccably writes this book, I can't wait to read the second in this series and find out how Hailey Dean's character develops even more. This book is shocking at the end but from beginning to end I could not put it down. I felt anger when Cruise got let out of jail for murders he'd committed because of bad policing ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Hailey Dean was going to be a psychologist or teach psychology at a college but all that changed when her Fiance was murdered in a senseless act of violence.She became a criminal prosecutor in Georgia. She eventually left Georgia for New York where she became a criminal prosecutor for high level crimes. Now there is a murderer out there who kills prostitues. and ties a bakers string in a pretty little bow somewhere on the body.. After Hailey lost her last case she decided to leave law and go int ...more
Great read, very suspensful and never dull. From the first page, it's hard to put down. As Murder mystery, the storyline kept your guessing, and wasn't the least bit predictable. The characters where all very well developed and quite engaging. Overall the book was a quick, easy read and writen with the kind of detail that enables you to create vivid images in your mind as you read.
I happen to be a fan of Nancy Grace and enjoy tuning into her show, so when I heard that she wrote a novel, I figured I'd give it a shot. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I wouldn't be surprised if she uses Hailey Dean as a character in a series.
Gayla Hibbert
This book is a good crime thriller, but a bit dark in terms of the plot and circumstances surrounding the murders. Nancy Grace is the sister of one of our friends from church and so I thought I'd check it out.
Nancy Grace really should stick with HLN. There were several things in here that were just filler. If this was a short story, it would be decent, but she tried too hard to make it a novel.
Jennifer Ayres
I thought this was a pretty good read. I am a big fan of murder mysteries.
I enjoyed this. I do hope she's writing a sequel as this left some loose ends.
Had to give up...the book kept jumping around too much.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I don't hide my reviews, though I don't promote them via feed, either.

On the other hand, sometimes my memory is so poor that I might be incapable of writing a spoiler. That's the case with this novel, which I read a month-plus ago.

Author Nancy Grace seems quite the complete package: crime survivor, fierce prosecutor, TV commentator, novelist, successful marriage partner, a person who declares her spiritual faith in her book dedication, and -- I saw lately on the Internet -- a
Criminal prosecutor Hailey Dean was brilliant. When neither the authorities or the citizens of Georgia at first would consider the fact that they had a serial killer on their hands, it was Hailey who helped point out the obvious. It was also her that put Clint Burrell Cruise away in prison. The day Cruise was sentenced was also the day Hailey quit her job and moved to New York to be a therapist. Hey there is only so much a woman can put up with…losing her fiancé and being strangled by a serial k ...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
""Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor. Then quiet. She strained to hear in the darkness. Nothing more, and then... The air moved in the room and she knew. He was here."

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fianc?, is murdered just weeks before their wedding. Reeling, she fights back the only way she knows how: In court, prosecut
Yes, this book was written by the infamous Nancy Grace of television fame. It is fiction, but there are obviously some resemblances to her real life. Hailey Dean's fiance is killed in a robbery, so she devotes her life to prosecuting criminals. But after one particular serial killer's trial, she becomes a counselor and moves away from her home state. Unfortunately, that killer's case will follow her there.

There is inexplicably a second story in the main one involving corrupt politicians. I thoug
The main character, Hailey Dean, motivated by the murder of her fiance, becomes a criminal lawyer to "put the bad guys away" and perhaps lay to rest the psychological demons that have haunted her since then. These "demons" are the central theme of the story, made that much more poignant because the line between the fictional Hailey Dean and the real Nancy Grace is blurred so well. This is without question the best aspect of the novel and is quite compelling.
I picked this book because I like true crime stories and/or stories abt realistic situations. However, I am disappointed with this book. The story had potential to be really great & exciting, but I Just dont think Nancy put forth her best effort. There seemed to be too many characters and situations going at the same time and things seemed to drag on. I am so glad I borrowed it from the library instead of purchasing it. It started out intriguing, but then, the plot became boring and I was no ...more
This book started off so good, I was so excited to read it, then it got BORING, it kept changing character points of view every couple pages so I kept getting pulled out of the story. There was also so much time spent on Virginia, a lady trying to protect the beach from builders. And while the bad builder guy was vaguely connected to the main point of the story, it was so distant (the bad guy trying to build on the beach is the man who convinces the bad judge to let the murderer Cruise out of pr ...more
Dixie LoCicero
At times seemed a bit slow, but picked up as the book went on and had an unpredictable ending, although it seemed to end suddenly. The Eleventh Victim is about a prosecutor who is in the midst of a trial for a serial killer. She wins and he is convicted, then she decides to move to NY and leaving her career as a prosecutor, she turns to counseling. There are 2 storylines going on, one involves a woman named Virgina Gunn, who is dedicated to preserving the shore and prevent the building of condos ...more
This book was so so....I was really hoping this story was going to have a lot more suspense and murder mystery...and though it did, I felt the story line was more focused on the people and the stories about them and why they were doing things the way they were. I also felt the book ended very short with a lot of questions left unanswered. There just could've been more!
Nov 06, 2009 Maureen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maureen by: self
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University of Chicago Magazine
Gretchen Young, AB'84, AM'84

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fianc, is murdered just weeks before their wedding. Reeling, she fights back the only way she knows how: In court, prosecuting violent crime...putting away the bad guys one rapist, doper, and killer at a time. But dedicating her life to justice takes a toll after years of courtroom battles and the endless tide of victims calling out from crime scene photos and autopsy tables. Just as she
This is a great novel. I watched the movie first, not realizing it was a novel. So I found the book and loved it. Really different from the movie. I would recommend you read the book first and then watch the movie. Amazing choice of Jennie Garth as the main character. Totally pictured her as I read the novel, and can't wait to read the second one.
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