212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)
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212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)

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In New York City, Nights Are Dangerous. Days Are Numbered.

When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a Web site specializing in campus gossip, she's taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her—but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her there'...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Harper (first published February 18th 2010)
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Yasmin
I just discovered this author but I'm really enjoying her books. Taut, suspenseful writing. I'm not sure how she compares to her father because I've never read his books but as an author she stands on her own.
Paula  Phillips
This novel starts with a lady Tanya calling from a PayPhone to report a shooting and then dashes to hotel room number 212 and this is where the story is centered around ,hence the use of 212 in the title . Ellie and Rogan Partners in Law, arrive to Apt 212 to find a man dead , normally this would be an easy homicide to solve but the owner of the apartment happens to be rich guy Sam Sparks - somebody who seems to be a high risk celebrity in a sense. We then shoot over to the college campus of NYU...more
Ed
Jun 25, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: police procedural fans
Recommended to Ed by: I was a previous fan.
4.5. This is an energetic and intriguing read about a lady homicide detective working a murder case in New York City. Ellie grew on me as a fully-drawn character the further I got into the novel. She's tenacious, shrewd, and the sort of a competent detective you'd want investigating your loved one's murder if, may God forbid, that calamity should ever befall you. A series I hope continues to develop for many subsequent titles.
Luanne Ollivier
I've just turned the last page of 212 by Alafair Burke and am sitting here wondering how I've missed adding this author to my list of must read authors.

212 features recurring lead character Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD Detective. In 212 Ellie and her partner Rogan catch a homicide in a penthouse belonging to one of the city's wealthiest men. Although he claims no knowledge of how and why his bodyguard was using the suite, he seems to be trying to control the direction of Ellie's investigation. As doe...more
Matt Buckingham
Mar 29, 2010 Matt Buckingham is currently reading it
Alafair Burke's new thriller is purportedly inspired in part by the scandal surrounding former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt's sexual abuse of a 14-year-old babysitter back in the 1970s when he was mayor of Portland. Goldschmidt was a giant in Oregon politics until he walked away from the governorship for no apparent reason after one term in the 1990s. I interviewed Goldschmidt twice as a newspaper reporter at the time, and I was struck by two things: First, he told people what he really thought,...more
Donna BookWorm
212 by Alafair Burke started with the death of one man in a pent house in NY called and ended with crazy drama and plot twists that were all mostly predictable. Here’s the blurb from BN:

When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a website specializing in campus gossip, she’s taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her—but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her the...more
Mary
Ellie Hatcher is a NYC detective, she and her partner, JJ Rogan are at the scene of a homicide, when the owner of the apartment shows up and he and Ellie get into a tiff in which she ends up putting him under arrest so he will leave the scene of the crime. She was mostly angry because he seemed to care more about her wet shoes on her rug than the dead man in the bed. As she obsesses over this man as a suspect, they get called to another case, two young women are stabbed, and one is still alive....more
Meg Whitlock
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it was #3, but that makes sense. There were some situations that had me thinking she'd probably written backstory somewhere.

I read this book in one sitting because it was a really fast read. I enjoyed the fact that Ellie was a normal person. I've read a lot of Gillian Flynn lately, so I kept expecting Ellie to flip out and cut herself or sleep with her partner or something equally self-destructive, but, all things considered, she's pretty well-adjuste...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Ellie Hatcher, homicide detective
SETTING: New York
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 3.75
WHY: Megan Gunther is a student at NYU who is being threatened on a Web site specializing in campus gossip. The police can't do anything about it, since postings are anonymous. When Megan is murdered, Ellie Hatcher and her partner, JJ Rogan, are assigned to the case. There's nothing to go on until phone records reveal connections to other cases. The characterization was good, and the dialog excellent. The...more
Joyce
A man is found murdered in a Hotel room in NY. Ellie Hatcher and J J Rogan are the detectives assigned. As they investigate, they are deterred by prominent and wealthy individuals, the Judiciary and their Lieutenant. They are also put in rotation with more murder cases. The more they investigate, the more they see the intertwining of the three cases they are following. There is lots of procedural plot and some that isn't. The story also follows non-protagonists in their involvement. All in all i...more
Donna Maguire

This was the first book by Alafair Burke that I had read and I must say I loved it! It was fast paced and I did find myself quickly turning the pages, trying to guess what was coming next, and guessing incorrectly and I really found the book hard to put down. I read the book in less than two days and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in crime thriller novels. I have now made it my mission to read the other books in the Ellie Hatcher series!
Jeanne
This book had many twists and turns--really kept me wondering how the multiple plots were going to come together!! Had to keep listening to figure out how it would play out. The ending really threw me for a loop! I thought I had it figured out, but I did not. The author did a great job closing the story!! 8 out of 10 for me.
Stephkay
All I wanted was a little brain junk food after reading some more serious stuff for a while. Nothing beats a quick binge on crime fiction when that's the mood at hand. City of Lies was a fun read and kept me up at night (until I finished it).

One of my favorite parts of this book, as silly as it may be, is the "Ellie Hatcher's Guide to New York" at the back of my edition. I love books that set fiction in well-developed real-life settings. Having real locations in the story and knowing that they a...more
Sarah
A serviceable procedural. Not much atmosphere but the unfolding crimes are moderately engaging.

It's been a long time since I read a krimi that was anything more than serviceable.
Magpie67
Riveting, smashing first rate crime featuring a witness who saw too much plus had a back history she didn't want discovered. "'A shooting. There's been a shooting.' Tanya used her palm to wipe away the drops of water from her eyes, tears mixed with rain. Her attempts were futile, serving only to smear mascara across her clammy cheeks. 'You heard gunshots?' 'Inside the apartment.' 'Ma'am. I need you to use your words. You heard gunshots from inside the apartment? Could you tell what direction the...more
Alisha Marie
So I loved the previous two novels of the Ellie Hatcher series. No, really I did...or at least I think I did. The first one received four stars and the second one received five stars. They have to have been good...right? Okay, so the truth is, I really don't remember. I'm serious, I can only vaguely recall the plot to the second novel (or is it the first I'm thinking about?), but that's really about it. So maybe this two star rating is just me and not the book. During the time I read the first t...more
Tracey
I really dig crime fiction -- yes, I know, it's not exactly "high literature," but I've always liked it because despite its formulaic qualities there's always something new to gawk at or think about. So, my question is, why is this the first time...in the year...well, nearly 2013...that's I've read a book with a truly awesome female protagonist in this genre? Ellie is tough, without having to be a robot (aka acting like a "man," which is problematic in other ways) and she's smart, but makes mist...more
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
(originally published at http://nomadreader.blogspot.com)

The basics: 212 is the third novel in the Ellie Hatcher series. A bodyguard for a Donald Trump-like real estate magnate is found murdered in a penthouse apartment at 212, a high profile address that shares its numbers with New York City's original area code. Next NYU student Megan Gunther finds threats about her, along with her detailed schedule, posted on a campus gossip website and fears for her safety.

My thoughts: After adoring Angel's...more
Kathleen Hagen
212, by Alafair Burke, A-minus, narrated by Eliza Foss, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a detective Ellie Hatcher and J. J. Rogan book. In this book two parallel things are going on which seemingly become connected. Call girls from escort services are turning up dead and tortured prior to death. The parallel case is that there is an internet site specifically set up for campus gossip and backbiting among students. One student, Megan, sees her name on the site with...more
KarenC
Apr 12, 2010 KarenC rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: follow the series/author

Hatcher & partner J.J. Rogan set out to determine the killer of a "protection specialist" in May, but I assume like all serious police investigations they are still hunting when the novel picks up in September, well beyond that critical first 24-hour window. The reader is spared the boring plodding stuff that has so far produced no results. But why did the killer wait to pursue other victims? Pay attention as the clues are laid out in this carefully worked case.

Includes red herrings and plo

...more
J.R.
Some would prefer to see the murder of a real estate tycoon’s bodyguard as a home invasion at the wrong address. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher wants to take a closer look at the owner of the penthouse at the prestigious 212 Lafayette address.

Ellie’s tendency to speak her mind puts her in conflict with a judge and gets her an overnight in jail.

Back on the job, Ellie and her partner J. J. Rogan are tapped to investigate the murder of an NYU student who had been getting threatening messages on a go...more
Jacki Potratz
212, after the infamous NY area code, is the third of the Ellie Hatcher series, following Dead Connection and Angel’s Tip. In this book two simultaneous cases are being investigated; in one story, call girls from escort services are turning up dead and tortured prior to death, in the other case there is an internet site specifically set up for campus gossip and backbiting among students. One student, Megan, sees her name on the site with posts about her. She believes she is being stalked, so she...more
Mary Davis
Jul 23, 2012 Mary Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery, crime and suspense readers
Recommended to Mary by: Nook Free Fridays
Shelves: books-read-2012
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Jean Gobel
Sam Sparks, wealthy real estate mogul, lent his luxurious penthouse to his bodyguard, Robert Mancini. Robo Mancini never left his romantic tryst alive. Tanya Abbott left the building at Lafayette and Kenmare, known as the 212, dialed 911 at the nearest payphone, and headed for the subway.

Megan Gunther, a frightened NYU student, and her parents, had confronted the police regarding the harassing Megan had been subjected to by the infamous “Campus Juice” website. Someone was watching her, knew her...more
Mary
It has been a long while since I read Dead Connection and Angel's Tip, so I was happy to discover that there was another Ellie Hatcher psychological crime novel. Ellie is a young homicide detective in lower Manhattan. Originally from Kansas, daughter of a homicide detective who killed himself and a lonely, needy mother, Ellie's career in NY has been sort of meteoric. Her brother Jess, a musician, also lives in NY - often on Ellie's sofa. In 212, Ellie dates an Assistant District Attorney, Max Do...more
Marleen
Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner J.J. Rogan are told to put the investigation into the murder of one of the bodyguards of a celebrity entrepreneur more or less on the backburner after Ellie finds herself getting on the wrong side of both the entrepreneur and a judge. Although Ellie resents this action by her superior officer, her mind is soon on other matters as they are called to the scene of the murder of a young student. An attack during which the girl’s house-mate was seriously injure...more
Caitlin
True confession: I am a Law and Order addict, particularly those episodes with Jerry Ohrbach. Yes, it's formulaic and somewhat predictable with a tendency to be "ripped from the headlines," but it's like potato chips - you just can't stop eating them.

212 reminded me of all the stuff I love about Law and Order - there's the location, the victims, the witnesses, the cops, the attorneys - everything you need for a great episode. This novel tackles cybercrime and a whole lot more within its pages. I...more
Alvin Horn
From Publishers Weekly
Burke's third white-knuckle thriller finds NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher (after Angel's Tip) and her partner, J.J. Rogan, investigating the murder of NYU student Megan Gunther, who's the target of threatening posts on a college gossip Web site. The death of bodyguard Robert Robo Mancini, whose bullet-ridden corpse turns up in a swanky new building, the 212, built by Sam Sparks, the high-powered Manhattan real-estate developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. When Sam makes it clear...more
Rachel Brady
Another suspenseful read from Alafair Burke! In this Ellie Hatcher novel, the third in the series, Ellie and her partner Rogan investigate a murder in an upscale New York building known as "The 212." To make heads or tails out of their case, and another homicide they're working concurrently, Ellie must sort through a cast of multi-dimensional suspects and, not surprisingly, none of them are easy to read. In fact, there are quite a few "double lives" going on here, and all of them lend themselves...more
Ed
#3 in the Ellie Hatcher series.

Ellie Hatcher and J.J. Rogan investigate the murder of student Megan Gunther, the target of posts on a Web site. "Robo" Mancini, whose corpse turns up in a building built by Sam Sparks, the developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. Sam denies police access to company records and Ellie's interest is piqued. She and J.J. discover a link between the student and a recently murdered real estate agent.
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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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