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Long gone [text (large print)] / Alafair Burke.

By: Burke, Alafair.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leicester : Charnwood ; Thorpe, 2012Edition: Large print edition.Description: 460 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444811896 (hbk.); 1444811894 (hbk.).Subject(s): Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Large type books | Murder -- Investigation -- New York (State) -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery fiction. | Thriller stories. | Large type books.DDC classification: BUR Online resources: Click here to access online Summary: After months of unemployment, Alice Humphrey lands her dream job - managing a Manhattan art gallery near the trendy Meatpacking District. According to recruiter Drew Campbell, the gallery is a passion of its anonymous owner, who remains uninvolved in its daily operations. When Alice arrives one morning, she walks into a nightmare: the gallery is empty, except for the dead body of Drew. Before she knows it, Alice finds herself at the centre of the police investigation.
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After months of unemployment, Alice Humphrey lands her dream job managing a Manhattan art gallery. But she arrives one morning and walks into a nightmare: the space is empty except for the dead body of recruiter Drew Campbell. Alice soon finds herself at the centre of the police investigation and realizes that she has been set up.

Standard print edition originally published: London: Avon, 2011.

"It was the perfect setup" -- Cover.

After months of unemployment, Alice Humphrey lands her dream job - managing a Manhattan art gallery near the trendy Meatpacking District. According to recruiter Drew Campbell, the gallery is a passion of its anonymous owner, who remains uninvolved in its daily operations. When Alice arrives one morning, she walks into a nightmare: the gallery is empty, except for the dead body of Drew. Before she knows it, Alice finds herself at the centre of the police investigation.

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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.

Publishers 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