Monday, June 16, 2014

All Day And A Night-Alafair Burke

All Day And A Night

Alafair Burke

Harper, Jun 10 2014, $26.99

ISBN 9780062208385


In New York, someone murders prominent psychotherapist Helen Brunswick in her own office.  The M.O. matches the serial killings of six women slain over eighteen years ago in Utica.  The obvious suspect in the Brunswick slaying has the perfect alibi as Anthony Amaro was convicted for one of the earlier homicide and still resides in Five Points Correctional Facility.


ADA Max Donovan announces the establishment of a Fresh Look team.  He arranges for NYPD partners J.J. Rogan and Ellie Hatcher to be a part of this unit and assigns them to investigate the Amaro conviction that will anger Utica PD.  Ellie is annoyed at her live-in in lover Max for placing her on this loser team as she heads to Utica where she expects no cooperation.  At the same time a judge releases Amaro partly due to the sister of one of the original victims who believes the wrong person was convicted.


The latest Ellie Hatcher police procedural (see Never Tell) is an entertaining investigation as the protagonist wants nothing to do with an inquiry that can only cause her trouble; Utica is hostile towards her partly because of her behavior leading to her self-fulfilling prophecy.  Readers will enjoy this engaging thriller even with knowing relatively early on the path the tale takes.


Harriet Klausner

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