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 gone - the space stripped bare as if it had never been there - and 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 it - a 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.
"Starred Review. Ripped-from-the-headlines hooks from the world of celebrity and culture are twisted into a knot of seemingly unconnected story lines dramatically resolved to a surprising, out-of-nowhere ending... Highly recommended" - Library Journal
"Burke delivers a tightly plotted, suspenseful account of Alice's desperate scramble to find out what's happening to her and why." - Booklist
"Burke skillfully orchestrates the mounting tension and claustrophobia of Alice's world collapsing in on itself." - Publishers Weekly
"Alafair Burke's first standalone is an absolutely riveting must read - and the ending is a shocker you'll never see coming." - Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me
"Long 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's novels, buckle up for her best book ever. If you haven't read her yet, the time is now." - Lisa Unger, New York Times-bestselling author of Darkness My Old Friend
"Long Gone is the type of book that should come with a warning. It's a compulsively readable, highly addictive story. The ending will leave you breathless." - Karin Slaughter, New York Times-bestselling author of Fallen
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Rated of 5
What do you do when you are being framed for murder and the evidence against you is so compelling that you know you will be arrested? This is the predicament facing Alice Humphrey in Alafair Burke’s new standalone. This is her best work yet, and I have been a fan of her other two series. Great characters, great writing and a riveting story. It is obvious that she is very familiar with the criminal justice system and the way a criminal mind works.
A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School. The daughter of acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke, she is a graduate of Stanford Law School and currently serves as a legal and trial commentator for radio and television programs, including for Court TV. She lives in New York City with her husband, Sean.
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