The Resource Long gone : a novel of suspense, Alafair Burke

Long gone : a novel of suspense, Alafair Burke

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Long gone : a novel of suspense
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Long gone
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a novel of suspense
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Alafair Burke
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eng
Summary
When her dream job turns into a living nightmare, causing her to become the prime suspect in a murder investigation, art gallery manager Alice Humphrey must prove that she has been set up, a deadly mission that plunges her into a high-tech criminal conspiracy that is shockingly linked to her own family. She arrives at the gallery one morning to meet her boss, Drew Campbell, only to find the place cleaned out, save for Drew's corpse. She is bewildered when Drew's ID doesn't check out, nor does the background of the gallery or the primary artist it represents. But when the police show up with a photograph of her lookalike that suggests she and Drew had more than a business relationship, Alice realizes she has been placed at the center of a nefarious plan. But whose? And why? Beginning to dig, Alice finds herself circling ever closer to home, her discoveries threatening everything she's ever known about family and identity. She is framed for murder and left scrambling to find answers, some of which may have to do with long hidden secrets involving her own family
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  • Burke, known for two series featuring detective Ellie Hatcher and prosecutor Samantha Kincaid, respectively, introduces a new protagonist in this stand-alone thriller. Alice Humphrey, recently laid off from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is handed the opportunity of a lifetime when Drew Campbell, a man she meets by chance, offers her a job managing a new art gallery. It seems like the beginning of a wonderful career, until one morning Alice discovers that the gallery has been gutted, everything gone as though it was never there. All that remains is Drew’s lifeless body. As if that isn’t traumatic enough, it turns out Drew wasn’t really Drew, the gallery’s featured artist doesn’t exist, and Alice is under police scrutiny. Burke delivers a tightly plotted, suspenseful account of Alice’s desperate scramble to find out what’s happening to her and why. It’s very much in the Lisa Gardner vein—strong female protagonist, shadowy villains, intricate and suspenseful story—and fans of Gardner (and, of course, Burke) should find it very much to their liking. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 05-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 17, p32)
  • Near the outset of this impressive novel of suspense from Burke (212), her first stand-alone, 37-year-old Alice Humphrey, the daughter of controversial film director Frank Humphrey, meets charming Drew Campbell at a sparsely attended Manhattan art opening; he asks if she would like to manage the fledgling Highline Gallery. While the job appears too good to be true, Alice, who's been unemployed for eight months, accepts the offer. All goes well until Alice finds Drew dead in the gallery a few weeks later. The police regard Alice as the prime suspect in the murder of "Drew Campbell," who was not the man he claimed to be. Evidence against her includes paperwork supposedly showing that she leased the gallery space. Feeling trapped, Alice wonders if she's being set up and if it has anything to do with her famous father. Alice must dig deep into her family's checkered history if she's to prove her innocence. Burke skillfully orchestrates the mounting tension and claustrophobia of Alice's world collapsing in on itself. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 16, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 20, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Alice Humphrey's life is looking up since she landed a job as an art gallery manager. She arrives at the gallery one morning to meet her boss, Drew Campbell, only to find the place cleaned out, save for Drew's corpse. She's bewildered when Drew's ID doesn't check out, nor does the background of the gallery or the primary artist it represents. But when the police show up with a photograph of her doppelgänger that suggests she and Drew had more than a business relationship, Alice realizes she's been placed at the center of a nefarious plan. But whose? And why? Beginning to dig, Alice finds herself circling ever closer to home, her discoveries threatening everything she's ever known about family and identity. Burke's (212 ) first stand-alone novel is a fast-paced, plot-driven nail-biter. Ripped-from-the-headlines hooks from the world of celebrity and culture are twisted into a knot of seemingly unconnected story lines dramatically resolved to a surprising, out-of-nowhere ending. VERDICT Highly recommended for Burke's Ellie Hatcher fans as well as general suspense and mystery readers. [See Prepub Alert, 1/3/11.]— Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY --Amy Brozio-Andrews (Reviewed May 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 8, p70)
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387458
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Burke, Alafair
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.U755
LC item number
L66 2011
Literary form
fiction
NLM call number
Burke, A.
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  • Murder
  • Art galleries, Commercial
  • Family secrets
  • Conspiracies
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Art galleries, Commercial
  • Conspiracies
  • Family secrets
  • Murder
  • New York (State)
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Long gone : a novel of suspense, Alafair Burke
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ocn670475833
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780061999185
Lccn
2011284720
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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regular print
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(OCoLC)670475833
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Long gone : a novel of suspense, Alafair Burke
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn670475833
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780061999185
Lccn
2011284720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
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(OCoLC)670475833

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