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Dead Connection

(Ellie Hatcher #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,376 ratings  ·  345 reviews
In this electrifying thriller, a rookie detective goes undercover on the
Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer targeting single women
in Manhattan
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2007)
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Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is pretty well written. The story gets better, more interesting and exciting the second half. 8 of 10 stars!
Lewis Weinstein
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent cop procedural with a worthy female detective. Sharp tension from beginning to end. I was a little surprised at how assertive she was with her far more senior partner, but she carried it off and it didn't intrude.

Alafair also pays a somewhat hidden tribute to her dad when her character Ellie Hatcher calls a Louisiana cop name Dave, and has problems pronouncing his last name. Could it be Jamie Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux?
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Ellie Hatcher's cop father shot himself in his car many years ago while investigating a serial killer. At least that's the official story from the police. Ellie never believed this story and she continues to fight for the truth so her still grieving mother can get the pension benefits she deserves. Ellie is requested to partner on a case where women are being killed after going on a date with someone they met on an online dating service called FirstDate. Ellie creates her own profile ...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.

Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2012
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
Melissa Lenahan
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started out slow but I was glad I stuck with it. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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
Jane Stewart
Not good for me, but mystery fans might like it.

This is a police procedural. We accompany Ellie (a homicide detective) as she investigates murders by a serial killer. Michael Connolly does the same thing with his character Harry Bosch. But with Bosch I am intrigued and fascinated. I did not feel that way with this book. It was dry, almost plodding. Both authors use twists and surprises, but for some reason Connolly does it better. I dont know how to explain why.

If you look at the plot and what
Rachel Brady
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
I will definitely pursue the rest of this series! I found it to be well written, full of the unexpected and I especially enjoyed the strong and unapologetic female lead.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Dead Connection A Twist at Every Turn

In her first outing of Ellie Hatcher in All Day and A Night, Alafair Burke follows up her introduction to Ellie Thatcher with Dead Connection. Dead Connection is a sleek first rate thriller, which introduces us to engaging characters that helps to make this thriller so compelling. It is easy to see why Dead Connection and Alafair Burke has been lauded and quite rightly so as she delivers a compelling thriller that delivers on the suspense and thriller
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, books-i-own
I havent 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,
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Darla Jackson
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've read some of the other reviews on this book, and quite frankly, I don't share them. I'm a fan of the genre, but this book seems boilerplate among its contemporaries, and there is nothing exceptional about it. I've seen the other reviews that praise its authenticity, but I found it severely lacking, and there were a few times when I wanted to chuck the book across the room because it veered so far away from reality. For example, why would NYPD put a young, inexperienced cop with no homicide ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This started Ok but just went downhill for me. There was just something missing for me and I could not connect or care for the characters.
Caroline Bennett
Great reading via Bolindia Audio.

I liked this. Reading anything computer related dates fast and this was no exception but it was enjoyable. Characters very likeable. I guessed the solution but that didn't spoil it for me. I'd definitely read another Ellie Hatcher book.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, heading to the next Ellie Hatcher...:)
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Detective Ellie Hatcher, raised in Kansas, became a police officer because her father had been one. He had been working on a case involving multiple murders when he allegedly committed suicide. Her brother, Jess, moved to New York City and she soon followed, planning on helping him.
When two attractive, single women, around thirty years old, were killed exactly a year apart, the New York Police Department called in Hatcher to help solve the crime even though she had been a detective for only
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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!!
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!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator did a great job of making the story come alive. This was a terrific mystery/thriller novel. The main characters were well done and I really liked Ellie Hatcher. She was a strong, intelligent, and resourceful female character with a dry sense of humor. The mystery was compelling and there were a few twists and turns that had me guessing. The pace was quick and I was completely invested in the narrative. I find myself drawn to mysteries involving ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-2013_goal-33
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Jordan DownSonderLane
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good mystery! I didnt see the end coming until just before the protagonist did-which was nice for a change! A few swear words I didnt care for, as well as some plot underdevelopment but those are just my opinion and others might not agree.
Ill probably read another Ellie Hatcher mystery!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a little slow, but and interesting storyline. Not sure if I'll keep reading the series though.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: het-crime
I have had this hard back on my shelves since I don't know how long. Tine to read it.

I liked this thriller very much, and so I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers.

Engaging, the pacing is pretty good, and I liked the characters. There are a couple of plot quirks that made me yell, FFS why don't you do this... But of course that would shorten the book no end. I kinda guessed who did what, but that did not detract from the story.

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. Its never quite clear to me why Ellie, a fairly new detective, would have better qualifications for this taskforce than others, but thats really
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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 ...more

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