When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to FirstDate.com, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City. To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal. She fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a cop - back home in Wichita, Kansas, her own father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the FirstDate killer begins to mimic the monster who destroyed her father, Ellie knows the game has become personal for him, too. Both hunter and prey, she knows her only choice is to find the killer before he claims his next victim - who could very well be Ellie herself.
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by Alafair Burke
by Jan Burke
by Gerald Seymour
by Dorothy Cannell
by James Lee Burke
"A killer using an Internet dating service to stalk victims is not a new idea, but Alafair Burke's insights into contemporary lifestyles make what could be humdrum become fresh. Ellie Hatcher, rookie NYPD Robbery Division detective, is temporarily assigned to Homicide to investigate the murders of two single women who used FirstDate.com. Christopher Lane might seem an unusual choice to narrate a book with a female protagonist, but his performance is first-rate. As the plot unwinds, Lane deftly handles good cops, bad cops, Russian gangsters, a sociopath with a grudge, as well as Ellie and her back story, never striking a false note. An intriguing plot line, a terrific new female detective, and an accomplished reading by Christopher Lane make Alafair Burke's latest crime novel a gem. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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