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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This was a really taut police procedural with interesting characters and strong interactions. Without spoiling anything, I was heartbroken when Ms. Burke intended and caught myself flipping pages all together too quickly to find resolutions to plot points.
Though the subject matter was sexual in nature it did not seem opportunistic or (for lack of a better word) gross. The crimes...more
This is the third installment in a series; I haven't read the preceding novels, but this worked fine s a stand alone novel.
This is a crime novel, and while there were se pesky romantic undertones there was no romantic subplot! Thank goodness. It seems like I cannot escape the romantic subplot, no matter how hard I try.
The writing seemed a...more
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
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
SETTING: New York
SERIES: #3 of 3
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
It's an enjoyable, fast-paced read. The end kept me guessing. I particularly enjoy that there are no plot twists thrown in that just make the ending something no one could have even guessed at in the first place. You can almost figure it out, but not qu...more
212 is on the dark and gritty side, but if that doesn't bother you and you...more