By Alafair Burke
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061999185, 368pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
What if everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie?
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-heeled corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees an opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award-winning and controversial filmmaker.
Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gonethe space stripped bare as if it had never been thereand Drew Campbell's dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice's dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of a police investigation, with the evidence mounting against her. 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 ita 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.
ALAFAIR BURKE is the bestselling author of seven previous novels, including the standalone Long Gone and the Ellie Hatcher series: 212, Angels Tip, and Dead Connection. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan.
?eoeBlistering?e?. As carefully plotted as a surgeon?e(TM)s heart transplant?e?. [Burke] writes with style, class and precision; just try to guess the identity of the killer here. A-?e
-Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer
?eoeAlafair Burke?e(TM)s first standalone is an absolutely riveting must read?e"and the ending is a shocker you?e(TM)ll never see coming.?e
-Lisa Scottoline, New York Times-bestselling author of Save Me
?eoeLong Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today.?e
-Dennis Lehane, New York Times-bestselling author of Moonlight Mile
?eoeLong Gone is a red-hot firecracker of a thriller with all the right stuff-perfect pacing, plotting, and suspense. If you already love Alafair Burke?e(TM)s novels, buckle up for her best book ever. If you haven?e(TM)t read her yet, the time is now.?e
-Lisa Unger, New York Times-bestselling author of Darkness My Old Friend
?eoeAlafair Burke understands the criminal mind. Long Gone is both an education and an entertainment of the first order. This is a very clever and very smart novel by a very clever and smart writer. The dialogue crackles, the plot is intriguing, and the pacing is perfect.?e
-Nelson DeMille, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lion
?eoeAddictive?e?. Alafair Burke delivers her best book to date with her first stand-alone thriller?e?. A masterful read. Humphrey is an everywoman, and readers will care about what happens to her?e?. Compelling.?e
-Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
?eoeLong Gone is the type of book that should come with a warning. It?e(TM)s a compulsively readable, highly addictive story. The ending will leave you breathless.?e
-Karin Slaughter, New York Times-bestselling author of Fallen
?eoeBurke?e(TM)s first stand-alone novel is a chilling psychological thriller which weaves disparate characters together in a web of revenge, deceit and betrayal. This clever, twisting plot serves up numerous victims and numerous criminals?e"plus police who can?e(TM)t be bothered with the truth.?e
-Romantic Times (4 ? Stars)
?eoeSensational?e?. Exciting?e?. Alice is a compelling heroine and the nightmare she finds herself dropped into is scary believable.?e
-Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel