Alafair Burke brings back NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher in Angel's Tip, and she's a stronger, more confident character in the second book in the series.
When Ellie and her brother, Jess, come across a body while out jogging, she calls it in as the first officer on the scene. Soon, she and her new partner, J.J. Rogan, are pushed to find the killer of the pretty blonde co-ed from Indiana, whose parents have powerful connections. When they arrest a man from the bar where she was partying, everyone is satisfied, except Ellie. A phone call from the father of a murder victim arouses her interest. How many other blonde girls have been killed in recent years, and left with their hair cut?
Burke's latest book is a top-notch police procedural. She has strong, intriguing characters, such as Ellie, Jess, and Rogan. The villain is the weak link in the story since neither he nor his motivation are well-developed. Burke can be forgiven that flaw because the story itself, the characters, and the red herrings are so interesting. Angel's Tip is one more step on Alafair Burke's sure-footed climb to bestseller status.
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Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke. HarperCollins, ©2008. ISBN 978-0061561023 (hardcover), 352p.