Sunday, October 19, 2014

All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke

All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke - 368 pages
Ellie Hatcher Series Book #5

NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner have been tasked to be a "new look" team to review a closed case where the conviction is being called into question when there is a new murder matching the MO of that convicted criminal who is currently in jail without parole.  The characters are well written and the suspense is good for the most part.  I did see who the killer was coming from a ways out but it was interesting to see the other characters get to that conclusion as more information became clear.

The courtroom procedure in this book seems a little suspect to me even as just a layman who gets my knowledge from court TV shows and Law and Order reruns.  The court is very quick to let someone convicted of serial murder out of jail based on just one hearing regarding possible new evidence.  Also, I wonder how common it is for NYPD detectives to roam the countryside in upper New York state investigating crimes that didn't happen in their jurisdiction.  

This series is good for a casual read but lacks any real urgency keeping me on pins and needles waiting for the next installment.

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