Dead Connection

Dead Connection

eBook - 2008
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"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 First Date, 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 father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the First Date 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 must find the killer before he claims his next victim -- who could very well be her." - Taken from author's website.
Publisher: New York, NY :, St. Martin's Paperbacks,, 2008.
ISBN: 9781429916028
1429916028
1250038707
9781250038708
0312944810
9780312944810
Characteristics: 1 online resource (338 pages)
Summary: "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 First Date, 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 father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the First Date 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 must find the killer before he claims his next victim -- who could very well be her." - Taken from author's website.

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ShamaBole
Oct 21, 2016

Very solid read - enjoyed it. Sensible protagonist - savvy and smart without trying to be "sassy" as interpreted by a lot of female authors, thank goodness. Kept me hooked.

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pugfan
Apr 16, 2014

The author does a really good job educating the reader without it really seeming like it. You might want keep a plot/time tracker as the victims stack up and the characters involved with each one to make sense of the overlapping. Definitely going to finish Ellie's series and then dig into the Samantha Kincaid series.

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