Long Gone-Alafair Burke

Long Gone

Alafair Burke

Harper, Jun 21 2011, $24.99

ISBN: 9780061999185

 

In Manhattan, Drew Campbell hires thirty something Alice Humphrey to manage his new Highline Gallery.  Unemployed for months Alice loves her job.  However, a few weeks after starting Alice arrives at the gallery to find it empty except for Campbell’s corpse.  NYPD suspects she murdered her lover and has proof of a picture of them together in a very friendly pose.  Furthermore they think she used the gallery that is in her name to her shock to distribute child porn.

 

A stunned Alice seeks information on Drew and the gallery, neither seems to have existed.  At the same time a PTSD FBI agent unofficially investigates the death of his sister while a teenager in Upstate New York vanished without a trace.  Alice, the fed and a small town cop will cross paths as each investigate seemingly unrelated crimes.

 

The three prime subplots are at times overwhelming; the Alice in the rabbit hole can definitely stand alone while the other two cannot.  However each is an intense psychological suspense as someone struggles with what is going on whether it is Alice, the Fed or the teen’s mom.  Alice owns the tale as she learns identity is not as simple as it may seem.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

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