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212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,604 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Harper (first published February 18th 2010)
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Dec 29, 2014 J.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alafair Burke is an incredibly talented writer. One of her many strengths is the ability to use just the right detail (the unmatched desks in a detective squad room, the contrast between a DA's cheap Bic pen and a defense lawyer's expensive one) to make the reader feel that they're right there in the scene. The plotting is tight and just twisty enough to keep the reader guessing without going so over the top as to elicit eye rolling. And her characters are very well drawn. For instance, I love h ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it
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.
Paula  Phillips
Apr 30, 2010 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2015 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Ellie Hatcher, homicide detective
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 3.75

In the past few years, social networking has taken the Internet by storm. Millions of people use Facebook; many more tweet on Twitter, view videos on YouTube, blog daily, list items for sale on craigslist and find future mates on relationship sites. The social media do serve a good purpose in terms of providing many means of communicating. Unfortunately, though, there is often a darker side to these sites
Jul 26, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-written book. It should be, since the author is a law professor at Hofstra. I had difficulty reading it, however, because it had such an infinite cast of characters--some of them using pseudonyms. I felt I needed a spreadsheet to keep everything straight; it was too complex and interconnected to keep all in my head.

The book is a murder mystery of the most labyrinthine plot imaginable. Charles Dickens probably couldn't have pulled this off. It would help if the reader wrote an
Aug 17, 2011 Allan rated it liked it
I've enjoyed a couple of Alafair's books before and this one is quite well done, too. I'd been out of touch with her work for the last few years and enjoyed this new series example, based in New York. I began reading her work just to see if her father's incredible writing ability had been passed along. While wisely not assaying anything remotely like James Lee Burke's body of work, she is doing quite well, thank you very much. I'll continue to follow her career with interest.
Jan 06, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Wow what an outstanding mystery thriller. I was blown away on how much I really like this book. "212" by Alafair Burke is the third in her Elle Hatcher series. Hatcher and partner JJ Rogan have a dead body in an expensive suite with a scene that makes no sense. Robert "Robo" Mancini is found murdered. Building is 212. Mogul Sam Sparks is owner of suite, and not cooperating with the investigation. Sparks even pressures Judge Bandon to lock up Hatcher for contempt. After her 24 hour ordeal, Hatche ...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!
Jun 17, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda McGill
Jul 26, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2016
I am loving this series!!

In the 3rd novel in the Ellie Hatcher series, there are multiple story lines and they come together beautifully in the end. First, Megan lives in NYC and goes to NYU. Just days before her death, she finds a creepy stalker who is posting her schedule on a campus forum. Then, a real estate agent (who was leading a double life) is killed. The connection between these 2 deaths is some phone records that were made a few months previously when a security guard was killed. Elli
Dec 20, 2015 Tamara rated it really liked it
Stalking, prostitution, crime and life in NYC- just another day in the life of Ellie Hatcher. Good mystery- ending not as twisty as other books of Alafair's- but very good!
Jul 20, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it liked it
212 is the third book in the Ellie Hatcher series by Alafair Burke. The hook is very current, focused on the dangers of the internet and how it allows predators to terrorize victims with no repurcussions. The main gist of the mystery involves mistaken identity and sorting through the red herrings, which are numerous, and lead the reader and Ellie Hatcher down several side streets and alleys before solving the murder case(s).The murders are tied up neatly in the end and the cases are solved. Inte ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 21, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jun 26, 2012 #artdamnit Reads rated it it was ok
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
Feb 18, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 Meg Whitlock rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Jun 05, 2016 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The book is starting to sound repetitive but the story and characters are still fun. Ellie is still a wonderful policewoman and a salute to our gender.
Jan 09, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2014 Stephkay rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 24, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'City of Lies' is an excellent story by Alafair Burke and has many great reviews, so I shall not add anything further here.

Unfortunately I accidentally logged a different 'City of Lies' in my 'Want to Read' list, as it has a very similar looking cover, but by the author E.J.Ellory. However, when later posting the book as 'Read' and looking at it's reviews, I noticed my error and found negative comments by other reviewers on E.J.Ellory, whose book has a totally different story. Could this indica
Nov 03, 2014 Adrienne rated it liked it
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Dec 31, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This was a good, fairly literate mystery. I got pretty tired of the "f" word; the use of it seems a little odd, as it is the only swear word any of the characters knows. I also would like to think that the occasional law enforcement officer had some morals, but at least the reader is spared a play-by-play of the bedroom scenes. The plot was complex enough that I couldn't be sure of the villain(s) until the end. I do appreciate Burke's effort to incorporate a common theme to link the various crim ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Hobart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
It's a law that in detective novels if you have two completely unrelated crimes being investigated, that one of the things the detectives are going to discover before all the pieces fall into place is that the crimes are completely related -- one is very likely the cause of the other.* So, in 212 we start with Crime A, and then move onto Crime B -- and sure, there's a chance that A was just to reintroduce to this world, maybe show how Ellie
Oct 31, 2014 Georgann rated it liked it
Second novel by this author. She is not even trying to be her father's successor, completely different style. But she is a great author to add to your list if you like women detectives. A murder is reported at the beginning and you will assume the anonymous call placed to 911 is from the murderer. The actual tale involves a fabulously wealthy realtor, two subsequent murders of women associated with an escort service, a judge who seems to be protecting the wrong person. Good suspense and complexi ...more
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
Aug 14, 2010 Alisha Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Dec 31, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it
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 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
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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
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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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