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(Ellie Hatcher #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,528 ratings  ·  471 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
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 542 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Emily I read it as a standalone book. The author makes small references to the previous novels from what I could tell, but it didn't leave holes in the stor…moreI read it as a standalone book. The author makes small references to the previous novels from what I could tell, but it didn't leave holes in the story, etc. It's just re-occurring characters in the series and not a continuous storyline. (less)

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Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
Completely adored this sharp and sly third book in the Ellie Hatcher series.
Jan 18, 2013 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. ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
I picked up this book as a 99 cent Goodreads deal, and I hadn't read this author before.

It was a good mystery with interesting twists and turns, and believable characters. It kept my attention but was not unputdownable. I would read another in the series.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-fiction
The long and short of it is that, it's good a mystery. Somehow I read the 3rd book of the series and I'm looking forward to read the first one. I like the twist near the end and the dynamic between characters; whether between Ellie & Rogan, Ellie & Jess or Ellie & Max.

I plucked out one star out of my rating just because it felt ages to finish it, maybe because of there's a lot of chapters even tho the chapters are not too long.

May 29, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
promising beginning but ultimately a fucking FLOP!!!! first of all where is the disgusting horrible terrifying gross scary parts??? second of all the anti sex work rhetoric was out of fucking control please relax and let these girls make their damn money. third of all karin why would u recommend this book to a girl
like me???
honestly i’m not sure how touse rhetoric in a sentence. bye!
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!
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! ...more
Kristin LaRaine
In my humble opinion, this was pretty bad. I picked this up because it was recommended on a reddit thread of “scariest books of all time” and after reading the book I can only assume the list was written by a little baby.

There was maybe one suspenseful scene, but most of the plot was convoluted. Also SO MUCH of the “investigation” was just the detectives happening upon information or running into people. It takes place in New York fuckin’ City and I’m supposed to believe they can vaguely descri
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 21, 2011 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
Paula  Phillips
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jun 05, 2013 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.
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jul 25, 2016 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
Alan Mills
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Hatcher is back! Better than ever

A body guard is killed in his boss's college student is stabbed to death in her apartment, and her roommate is mutilated, but survives after a stint in the ICU. A prostitute is killed by her date. Throw into the mix an extremely wealthy playboy real estate developer (which Burke makes clear is NOT Donald Trump), and a corrupt federal judge, and you have the setting for another great entry into the Hatcher series (book three, if you're keeping track).
Jerry B
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were quite pleased with our first Ellie Hatcher story, “Angel’s Tip”, the second entry in the currently 5-book set. We had previously enjoyed Burke’s writing but were not that happy with her other protagonists – and so were pleased to discover NYPD homicide detective Hatcher, a resourceful operative who is fun to like. This third entry, “212”, was quite complicated but definitely suspenseful and enjoyable. A murder occurs in wealthy Sam Sparks’ building known as “212”; and shortly thereafter ...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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
A page turner of a murder that goes bad, that turns into a series of killings. Involves the wealthy, a judge, police officer, and even escort service. The author did a very nice job incorporating every corner to make this suspense/thriller a good read. I even liked her method of how she writes by using things that have really happened in the past to build her fictional novels. Well done!! Funny thing is that I can recall most of those scandals that really did happen.
Jeff Dickison
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Ellie Hatcher novel as she and Rogan must investigate a murder at a swank apartment complex. More seemingly unconnected murders occur and Ellie slowly uncovers the truth of all of them. Well done, exciting, with good plot twists. Recommended.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 because I was surprised by the ending, but for the most part this was pretty predictable albeit entertaining and a fast read.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting mystery due to various plots employed by Burke. This novel does what a novel should do and that is hold the reader’s interest! 8 of 10 stars
Feb 21, 2013 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.
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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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