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Totenkammer (Hailey Dean #1)

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  1,732 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Lange Jahre glaubte Hailey Dean, die Vergangenheit hinter sich gelassen zu haben: den Tod ihres Verlobten, die aufreibenden Berufsjahre in der Justizbehörde Atlantas und den brutalsten Serienkiller ihrer Karriere. Als Psychiaterin arbeitet sie inzwischen in New York. Doch eines Tages wird einer ihrer Patienten ermordet. Derselbe Tathergang wie damals bei dem Serienkiller i ...more
Paperback, German Edition, 448 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Blanvalet (first published October 1st 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
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"The Eleventh Victim" is a complex murder mystery about a woman who loses her fiance in a senseless crime and then embarks on a career as a prosecutor. The author, Nancy Grace, was herself a prosecutor in Atlanta GA and she brings her knowledge of the (in)justice system and writes with compelling authority about the twists and turns 'justice' can take.

Hailey Dean's finace was violently murdered shortly before their wedding during a mugging, for a whopping total of $35. T
Teresa in Ohio
I guess a 2.5 rating would work. I felt as if I was reading 3 short stories that were somehow turned into a novel. The whole storyline taking place in the islands of Georgia had NOTHING to do with the main plot which is a convicted murderer has his sentence overturn and plots his revenge. Oh how did that happen you ask, well the second story is a judge who gave away his vote for a chance to be governor. For a moment that story fit with the plot, but then we travel the road of corrupt politicans. ...more
Tina Hayes
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Eleventh Victim' by Nancy Grace kept me turning pages to see what was gonna happen next. The characterization was skillfully mastered here, with each character coming through vividly and clearly having his/her own individual voice. The plot of this Thriller/Suspense novel was perfectly paced, unfolding and twisting in just the right spots. And there will only be a handful of people who will guess how this ends.

Nancy Grace's career and personal experiences must have helped her pen this intr
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum...skip it, you've already read one just like it., August 9, 2009

This review is from: The Eleventh Victim (Hardcover)

This is formulaic fiction at best, and convoluted storytelling at worst. The best way to sum up The Eleventh Victim is to say that there is nothing new and fresh here -- everything in the book has been written and read by anyone who likes thrillers. I found myself just plodding along, eager to be finished so I could move on to something more interesting.

Hailey Dean’s interest in psychology falters when her fiancée is murdered weeks before their wedding. From that point, Hailey, committed to seeking justice, obtains her law degree. As an assistant district attorney Atlanta, she becomes known for her success record and vigilance in seeing criminals fully prosecuted. But her final case, that of a serial killer who murders prostitutes, takes its toll. After the killer is sentenced to death, Hailey packs up her belongings and heads to New York City, ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book. Ending was predictable and wrapped up all in a matter of pages.
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay.. guess i expected more from nancy grace
Lynne Lillard
I didn't know that Nancy Grace wrote fiction. The book was pretty good
The Eleventh Victim is a fairly standard murder mystery, something of a pot boiler, if truth be told. Weirdly enough, it's quite readable, even suspenseful at times. However, it's marred by cartoonish, stereotypical characters and a sometimes hard to follow plot line dotted with totally improbable events. Among the more unbelievable: a Georgia judge who really believes he has more than a snowball's chance in hell to be elected Governor after casting the deciding vote to overturn the death penalt ...more
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Criminal prosecutor Hailey Dean was brilliant. When neither the authorities or the citizens of Georgia at first would consider the fact that they had a serial killer on their hands, it was Hailey who helped point out the obvious. It was also her that put Clint Burrell Cruise away in prison. The day Cruise was sentenced was also the day Hailey quit her job and moved to New York to be a therapist. Hey there is only so much a woman can put up with…losing her fiancé and being strangled by a serial k ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery story. Hailey Dean studies to begin her career as a psychologist, until her fiancee is murdered. She changes career plans, goes to law school and becomes a no-nonsense tough prosecutor in Atlanta. After a high profile serial murder case, she quits her job, moves to New York and starts a psychology practice. Then everything changes as someone frames her for two murders and tries to kill her as well. The police think she is a murderer so they are no help to her. She ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I loved this book. I loved the Characters. This book never stopped the twists and turns. You think you'd figured it out by some of the clues then bang, just another twist. Nancy Grace impeccably writes this book, I can't wait to read the second in this series and find out how Hailey Dean's character develops even more. This book is shocking at the end but from beginning to end I could not put it down. I felt anger when Cruise got let out of jail for murders he'd committed because of bad policing ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Hailey Dean was going to be a psychologist or teach psychology at a college but all that changed when her Fiance was murdered in a senseless act of violence.She became a criminal prosecutor in Georgia. She eventually left Georgia for New York where she became a criminal prosecutor for high level crimes. Now there is a murderer out there who kills prostitues. and ties a bakers string in a pretty little bow somewhere on the body.. After Hailey lost her last case she decided to leave law and go int ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, crime
Great read, very suspensful and never dull. From the first page, it's hard to put down. As Murder mystery, the storyline kept your guessing, and wasn't the least bit predictable. The characters where all very well developed and quite engaging. Overall the book was a quick, easy read and writen with the kind of detail that enables you to create vivid images in your mind as you read.
I happen to be a fan of Nancy Grace and enjoy tuning into her show, so when I heard that she wrote a novel, I figured I'd give it a shot. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I wouldn't be surprised if she uses Hailey Dean as a character in a series.
Gayla Hibbert
This book is a good crime thriller, but a bit dark in terms of the plot and circumstances surrounding the murders. Nancy Grace is the sister of one of our friends from church and so I thought I'd check it out.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Grace really should stick with HLN. There were several things in here that were just filler. If this was a short story, it would be decent, but she tried too hard to make it a novel.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. I do hope she's writing a sequel as this left some loose ends.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Had to give up...the book kept jumping around too much.
Stephanie Richardson
After I got use to the book having three story lines it was hard to put down. Great twists!
Jennifer Ayres
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a pretty good read. I am a big fan of murder mysteries.
Deyth Banger
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chance-deserve
"September 20, 2017 –
70.0% "Nice... nice... nice

September 20, 2017 –
50.0% "59:20"
September 20, 2017 –
20.0% "This guy sends chills up to the spine.

This killer is so vicious and smart and geneious


GREAT, great work... just congrats for the author."
September 20, 2017 –
10.0% "21:55"
September 20, 2017 – Started Reading"

- One moment +1 star other moments -1 star it's difficult to judge such a brilliant work... but to be honest here I really enjoyed this work and I can't wait to s
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love watching Nancy Grace on T.V. because she has such spunk. Her heroin, Hailey Dean, has the same spunk as a prosecutor. Nancy writes similarly to Patricia Cornwell, but in a more laid back, easier to understand, real world way. I was so impressed with this book that I purchased her other two and am currently on the third and most recent "Murder in the Courthouse." The three books are a continuation (of sorts) of each other. I very much hope that Nancy writes many more starring Hailey Dean!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seemed to me that the author had written three short stories and someone convinced her to combine them into enough pages to be called a novel. I have noticed that a few other authors are using this style recently. All three somewhat unrelated stories all play separately and come together to finish at the end of the "novel".

The ending was so ambiguous that I got the second in the series just to see if the really bad guy shows up again. It's not really a page turner.
Sabrina Gonzalez
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

When I tell you I wasn't expecting this ending and anyone who didn't give this book a 5 star rating has lost their mind (my opinion). From the beginning to the end every page was worth reading! A good book will have you captivated from the beginning to the end and have you feeling like you're a character. Hailey Dean did it again, even when her back was against the wall she came out like a raging bull. Kudos to Nancy Grace!
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is definitely potential in Hailey Dean as a quirky heroine. I am looking forward to how she develops. A little too much graphic details on the crime side for my taste, particularly in the beginning.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Got hooked on Haley Dean mysteries and the Hallmark channel.
I enjoyed the fast pace and the way Nancy Grace kept the reader in suspense, waiting for the next shoe to drop.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the premise was interesting and there were some twists, turns and a surprise ending. Ms. Grace's writing style is a bit distracting. Her use of first and last names (as she does in real life) is okay once in a while but it's annoying when it becomes the norm.
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version -poor performance
Sue E Morgan
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling story

Made you feel you were there in the story, especially at the end when Hai!ey realized the truth. Would recommend to a!! my friends
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Nancy Grace is an American legal commentator and former prosecutor. She frequently discusses issues from what she describes as a "victims' rights" standpoint. She was the host of Nancy Grace from 2005 to 2016 on HLN, and she was the host of Court TV's Closing Arguments from 1996–2007.

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