Long Gone

Long Gone

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2011
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"Long Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today."
--Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke's first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York City's cut-throat world of art, appearances can be deceiving--especially when art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, and is thrown into a treacherous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Now, Alice must discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061999185
0061999180
Branch Call Number: F BUR NVD
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 24 cm

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Shelley51
Apr 29, 2016

This my first time to read this author and I really enjoyed the book. The story was a little different and there were a lot of interesting characters. Can't wait to read another book by Alafair Burke!

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40parachute
Jun 27, 2015

Loved all the surprising twists!

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

This is one of the most enjoyable mysteries I’ve read in quite a while. The author falls prey to the common and irritating stereotype of cops (especially NYPD) and FBI being frenemies, but only briefly. Soon the New Jersey cop, NYPD and FBI are all working the same case – although to them its three different cases – and end up on the same side. The pace is quick and the descriptions are fun. The characters are engaging and mostly likeable. The “shocker” ending isn’t as shocking as the hype makes it out to be. I didn’t completely figure out the why or the how but as the ending neared I had no trouble figuring out the who. The plot by the bad guys was a bit too convoluted but all in all the story was plausible enough to be entertaining the whole way through. And it was all done with a minimum of gore and and profanity – always a plus for me.

ChristchurchLib Jul 08, 2013

"Laid off from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Humphrey is elated to snag a job managing an art gallery. Until, that is, she arrives at work to find the place completely cleared out, with only the body of the man who hired her left behind. Soon, the police are looking very closely at her, and it's not just for murder. Other terrible crimes are linked to her, for it's under Alice's name that the gallery space had been leased, and they've got photos to prove that she (or someone who looks remarkably like her) was engaged in more than a professional relationship with the dead man, whoever he was. This "fast-paced, plot-driven nail-biter" (Library Journal) might be just the ticket after a long day at your own (hopefully conspiracy-free) job." July 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=652650

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SPL_Laura
Sep 19, 2012

I kept comparing this book to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... Long Gone wasn't as good, something about it seemed less edgy... I would recommend it to those who enjoyed Gone Girl but probably not to hardcore suspense readers!

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KathiT
Jul 23, 2012

Another goodie from Alafair Burke, complex, toothy...just dig right in and enjoy a delicious read.

SusanLawson Oct 20, 2011

I couldn't put this book down. I identified with Alice's dilemma and couldn't wait to see how the situation resolved.

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cmllow
Oct 09, 2011

A multi-layered story. At the start it keeps you on your toes as several inter-connected strands have their stories started. Then it becomes an exciting page turner as the reader trys to ascertain how these seemingly unrelated strands come together. The base story is a frightening realistic tale of how innocent details become compelling links to a murder.

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Lasaller
Aug 22, 2011

Couldn't put it down. The story flowed and has great characters.

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dcafk
Jul 15, 2011

Apparently Ms. Burke belongs to a kitchen sink school of writing in that she throws everything but the kitchen sink into this novel. For example, there is the missing teen ager sub plot which has nothing to do with anything and is not even interesting. She depends way too much on contrivance and coincidence as she tries to make this predictable "thriller" thrilling. Bor-ing!

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