A nail biting thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
When prep school junior Julia Whitmire is found dead in the bathtub of her family’s Upper East Side apartment, her left wrist slashed and suicide note resting on her dresser, Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan initially write the case off as a suicide.
Julia’s parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life, but Ellie knows all too well that family members can be the last to accept the truth.
But when Julia’s mother appeals to her with the evidence – including a hand-written suicide note she believes her internet-obsessed daughter would never have composed – Hatcher is confronted with the possibility of a troubled young girl's murder.
Praise for Long Gone:
Michael Connelly: ‘this is smart, hip and always keeps you guessing. This is Alafair Burke's break out book. It's going to be big.’
Dennis Lehane: ‘Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today’.
Harlan Coben: ‘The plot of an Alafair Burke thriller doesn’t just rip from the headlines. She’s one step ahead of them.’
Lisa Unger: This is a red-hot firecracker of a thriller with all the right stuff—perfect pacing, plotting, and suspense.’
About the author
A former deputy district attorney, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School and lives in New York City. Alafair is the daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke.
Near the start of Burke's excellent fourth novel of suspense featuring NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher (after 2010's 212), 16-year-old Julia Whitmire, the daughter of legendary music producer Bill Whitmire, is found dead in the bathtub on the top floor of her family's West Village townhouse with her wrists slashed. Ellie assumes that the Whitmire parents' social clout is the reason why she and her partner, J.J. Rogan, must investigate an apparent suicide as a potential murder. At Casden, Julia's elite prep school, they discover a rampant subculture of prescription drug abuse and intense academic pressure. Julia's friend, Ramona Langston, also points them in the direction of several homeless youths she and Julia befriended over the past year, particularly Casey Heinz, who has a crush on Ramona and keys to the Whitmires' residence. Ellie becomes less convinced that Julia killed herself as details emerge of a rape survivor blog linked to the case and threats against its anonymous author. The meticulous plotting, coupled with Ellie's complicated evolution as a heroine, make this Burke's strongest work to date. 6-city author tour.
Good read. This book made me buy all the other books penned by this author. 👍