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Book Club kit : Long gone
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New York : Harper, 2012.
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10 bks. (370 p.) ; 21 cm. + 1 discussion guide
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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"Long Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today."
--Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke's first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York City's cut-throat world of art, appearances can be deceiving--especially when art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, and is thrown into a treacherous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Now, Alice must discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

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, Davi. Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

After writing six previous novels in two mystery series, Burke offers her first stand-alone thriller. She's created an appealing and believable character in Alice Humphrey, the underemployed daughter of a prominent film director who is somewhat estranged from her famous family. After landing a too-good-to-be-true gallery job, she is appalled to find there one of her new business contacts murdered, with many clues to the killer pointing her way. Reader Tamara Marston as Alice conveys the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength and is convincing as the more peripheral characters as well. Recommended for all fiction lovers. ["Highly recommended for Burke's Ellie Hatcher fans as well as general suspense and mystery readers," read the review of the HarperCollins hc, also starred, LJ 5/1/11.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.