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Publisher's Summary

After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District.
According to Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award-winning and controversial film maker.
Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone - the space stripped bare as if it had never existed - and Drew Campbell’s dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice’s dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence. The phone number Drew gave her links back to a disposable phone. The artist whose work she displayed doesn’t seem to exist. And the dead man she claims is Drew has been identified as someone else.
When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing girl, Alice knows she’s been set up. Now she has to prove it - a dangerous search for answers that will entangle her in a dark, high-tech criminal conspiracy and force her to unearth long-hidden secrets involving her own family... secrets that could cost Alice her life.
©2011 Original material Alafair Burke (P)2011 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

“[Burke] makes the city her own. She takes New York with a knowing and confident hand, folding its teeming streets into character and plot in a story that is never less than gripping.” (Michael Connelly)
“Tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today.” (Dennis Lehane, New York Times best-selling author of Moonlight Mile)
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By karen on 12-30-12

I liked it!

Guess I'm out of step here, lots of so-so reviews, but I liked this book -- a lot. Okay, I'm a die-hard Alafair Burke fan, love them all, and yes, I do like the Ellie Hatcher and Samantha Kincaid series better, but this was a fine listen, in every respect.

I'm also surprised by the negative comparisons to the author's father, James Lee Burke. I've liked reading several of the elder Burke's books, but have to confess, I can't stand listening to them. The narrator of the Robichaeux books is always the same man, Will Patton, and I absolutely cannot deal with that dragging, somnolent voice, which sounds like he's either extremely elderly, drunk or just waking up. Alafair's books, on the other hand, have very good narrators -- no problems whatsoever.

I thought this book had an intriguing plot -- the sort of thing you could see yourself getting into, more or less. Alice had been unemployed for a year, and even though she had wealthy parents, she really needed a job. So when this dream job -- supposedly -- was offered to her, she took it. I can see myself doing the same thing. From there? All kinds of things happen -- most of them not so good.

Good book! Try it yourself and see!

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By Janet on 07-11-11

Not her best work

I have enjoyed all of Alafair's books and I liked this one , but I thought it was a bit disjointed and difficult to follow.

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