Dead Connection by Alafair Burke
As y'all know, I've been trying to expand my repertoire of mystery/suspense novels, so when I was offered an ARC of this new mystery, I jumped right on it.
Burke (daughter of writer James Lee Burke) has written a stand-alone novel, set in New York City, wherein a killer is finding women on the internet and murdering them, all the while echoing a case from 20 years before - with a very special connection to Detective Ellie Hatcher, who was plucked from obscurity to work on the case.
I thought this was a smart, twisty-turny, very "now" mystery with engaging characters, several moments I didn't see coming, and Burke clearly researched and understood the "internet generation" with this novel. I hope she will revisit Ellie Hatcher in future books before returning to the "Samantha Kincaid" series that made her name.
A great mystery!
PS I read this the night before my huge, honkin' fever kicked in, so I had vivid dreams all night of murder and chases and intrigue. Scared the crap out of me. But I still liked the book. ;-)