All Day and A Night

All Day and A Night

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2014
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A new murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads Detective Ellie Hatcher into a twisting investigation with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from the "terrific web spinner" (Entertainment Weekly) Alafair Burke.

When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband--until the District Attorney's office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: the victim's bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the "fresh look" team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro's conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defense lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, whose older sister was one of Amaro's victims.

As the NYPD and Amaro's lawyers search for certainty among conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown, where secrets buried long ago lead to a brutal attack--one that makes it terrifyingly clear that someone has gotten too close to the truth.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062208385
Branch Call Number: MYS Burk
Characteristics: 352 p

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southpawsme Jun 14, 2016

Alafair Burke is a recent discover of mine & I have enjoyed what I have read so far. With this book, it kept me puzzled while the plot was unfolding. I especially enjoyed the reader she had for the audiobook. I definitely will continue to search out her books. I also like when she co-authored books with Mary Higgins Clark.

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BBurnett
Sep 21, 2014

Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are assigned to be "fresh eyes" at looking at evidence that convicted Anthony Amaro of murder when a letter is received claiming new evidence.
Meanwhile Carrie Blank, lawyer, sister of one of the murdered victims, is taken on by Linda Moreland, a sensationalist "innocence" lawyer.
All of these strands, with all their friends and relationships are woven, sometimes not so successfully. An unsatisfying finish.

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nannerl
Jul 12, 2014

I loved every one of this author's previous books. This one, not so much. Aside from the two main female characters having such similar names it became confusing, in general I didn't like any of the characters, so couldn't really engage with the story. Alafair can do much better than this.

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GilmoreGuide
Jun 21, 2014

A serial killer responsible for the murder of five women has caught the attention of a media-loving lawyer and one of her ploys to get his sentence vacated is to recruit one of the victim’s sisters as another lawyer on her team. After perusing the evidence, or lack thereof, Carrie Blank agrees. At the same time, a psychologist is murdered using the same M.O. as the imprisoned killer using methods that were never given to the public. This brings in NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and her partner Rogan. All Day and a Night is Alafair Burke’s turbocharged thriller about truth and justice and who-dunit.

In addition to the crimes, there are the complexities of interdepartmental relationships, childhood friends, newly discovered DNA and details that don’t add up. Burke frontloads the novel with so many details and subplots that it’s hard to know which trail to follow and which goes cold. This can be the mark of a great book but while All Day and Night is not bad, it runs out of energy and ends on what seems to be a tertiary plot point at best.

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