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212: A Novel | [Alafair Burke]

212: A Novel

When a student is murdered following a series of threatening messages posted on a college gossip site, NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and J.J. Rogan are assigned the case. As they dig deeper, however, they discover the victim was only one of many—and the killer isn’t finished.
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Publisher's Summary

The daughter of legendary author James Lee Burke, Alafair Burke has built a considerable reputation for crafting taut mysteries herself. With 212, this former deputy district attorney pens a haunting tale investigating the terrifying realities of Internet anonymity.

When a student is murdered following a series of threatening messages posted on a college gossip site, NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and J. J. Rogan are assigned the case. As they dig deeper, however, they discover the victim was only one of many—and the killer isn’t finished.

©2010 Alafair Burke (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig's List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 12-31-10
    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 12-31-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Was it the writing or the narrator?"

    I was disappointed listening to this book and couldn't help but wonder if I would have enjoyed the book more just reading it, or if a different person had narrated it. This is my first book by the author (someone else selected it) and I wasn't sure who the main character was for quite some time. The narrator was a little too melodramatic and syrupy much of the time. I received a Kindle for Christmas so I will get a Kindle book by the author to see if reading it myself makes a difference. I'm a fan of James Lee Burke and I'm sure in some way, I compare Alafair to her father, which isn't fair and I'm willing to give her another chance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Statesboro, GA, United States 07-26-10
    Cheryl Statesboro, GA, United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good twist at the end.......But"

    Do not misunderstand I liked the story and it has an unexpected twist at the end, it just took to long to get there. It could have been about one hour shorter if the author had moved things along between the murders a little faster.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas scottsdale, AZ, USA 04-15-10
    Douglas scottsdale, AZ, USA 04-15-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book"

    Great twists and turns. Well written, the narrator was very good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-17-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "212"

    Eliza Foss did a great job narrating this book. This is my second book by Alafair Burke and I enjoyed it. This is my first book in this series about "E. Hatcher" the female police detective. I found myself going the "long way" on my walks just so I could listen longer. Great story lots of action.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 02-24-11
    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Coinkidinks?"

    Too many things have to line up to make this story believable. Sloppy too. Girl says "he can't know what I look like... I'm safe", forgetting she sent him her picture that same day! I've read/listened to every Alafair Burke books but only when I need a really cheap, relaxing, non-taxing moment. This is the last book of hers that I'm going to pay for!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-19-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great ending - keep guessing"

    Another great novel by Alafair Burke. Enough false leads to keep you guessing until very late in the story.

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    Drifter 06-14-12
    Drifter 06-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "You grow to really like this series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It's what we've come to expect from Alafair Burke


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters of Ellie and Jess Hatcher. I liked the easiness of their relationship and found it believable to have siblings that liked each other in the manner that they did.


    Did 212 inspire you to do anything?

    Not get murdered.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read, you'll enjoy it. Looking forward to more from Alafair Burke,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Eureka, CA, United States 09-09-10
    Michelle Eureka, CA, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2006
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    "I don't get it"

    I got this book because the reviews were so glowing. After listening to it I have to wonder if I'm listening to the same book everyone else did.
    The writer is just plain awful in my opinion. I read series where the author reviews things that happened in previous books that intersect with the current book, but this author does this for things that happened in previous chapters. I'm not so dense that I can't remember what happened two chapters ago.
    The rest was so forgettable that 3 weeks after listening to it I can't even tell you what the book was about. I just remember being bored and thinking about what I wanted to listen to next that would keep me entertained.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-25-11
    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Great story, and a good team of author & narrator"

    "212" was the second of Ms. Burke's novels for me ... the story grabbed my attention from the first few minutes ... I found myself sitting in the driveway listening way more than I normally do ... definitely made my commute enjoyable!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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