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The eleventh victim

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, 2009.
Physical Description:
355 pages ; 25 cm.
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Psychology student Hailey Dean's fiancé was murdered. Hailey becomes a lawyer in Atlanta and fights back by prosecuting violent crime. However, years of courtroom battles and an endless tide of victims have taken their toll, and the trial of a serial killer who targeted young prostitutes will be her last. After starting over in Manhattan as a therapist, she is forced to match wits with someone who is brutally murdering her clients one by one, using a copycat M.O. as the Atlanta killer she had hunted down years before. Can she get to the killer before more innocent people die?--From publisher description.


Call Number
FIC (M) GRACE 2009

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"Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just left...it was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor. Then quiet. She strained to hear in the darkness. Nothing more, and then... The air moved in the room and she knew. He was here."

As a young psychology student, Hailey Dean's world explodes when Will, her fianc, is murdered just weeks before their wedding. Reeling, she fights back the only way she knows how: In court, prosecuting violent crime...putting away the bad guys one rapist, doper, and killer at a time. But dedicating her life to justice takes a toll after years of courtroom battles and the endless tide of victims calling out from crime scene photos and autopsy tables. Just as she grows truly weary, a serial killer unlike any other she's encountered begins to stalk the city of Atlanta, targeting young prostitutes, each horrific murder bearing his own unique mark. This courtroom battle will be her last.

Hailey heads for Manhattan to pick up the pieces of the life she had before Will's murder, training as a therapist. In a vibrant new world, she finally leaves her ghosts behind. But then her own clients are brutally murdered one by one by a copycat using the same M.O. as the Atlanta killer she hunted down years before. As the body count rises across Manhattan, Hailey is forced to match wits not only against a killer, but the famed NYPD.

Unless she returns to her former life and solves the case, still more innocent people will die at the hands of a killer who plans to get her, before she can get him!

Author Notes

Nancy Grace joined Court TV from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office where she served for a decade as Special Prosecutor, compiling a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. Nancy is currently the host of her own show, Nancy Grace, on CNN.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

With conviction and panache, Kate McIntyre elevates Grace's less than stellar debut to an entertaining listen. Former Atlanta prosecuting attorney Hailey Dean is still traumatized after her fiance's murder, so much so that after her last case, where she wins a conviction against Clint Burrell Cruise for the murder of 11 prostitutes, she abandons her law career and moves to New York City to work as a therapist. However, her past returns to haunt her when someone begins killing her patients-in Cruise's signature style. Dean finds herself a suspect in the murders and is forced to investigate the case in order to clear her name. McIntyre knows her way around an audio book: she hurdles implausible plot points and her strong readings add depth to Grace's weak characterizations. A Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, June 22). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

A prosecutor's past comes back to haunt her with a new series of murders in this slick but superficial celebrity-penned thriller. Hailey Dean has tried her last case. Although she identifies strongly with the victims of the criminals she prosecutes, the work is too close to home. Dean has been a workaholic ever since her fianc was murdered, a tragedy that sent her to law school and the Atlanta DA's office, and she needs a break. So after putting away serial killer Clint Cruise, she picks up the life she should have hadworking as a therapist in New York City. But just as she begins to reawaken to life, and the possibility of new romance, someone starts killing her clients. To make matters worse, a keepsake from her old life turns up at a crime scene, implicating Dean. Mining her own life, including the murder of her own fianc, Court TV celebrity Grace (Objection!, 2005) has created a fast-paced thriller. But despite the actionwhich switches from Dean's viewpoint to the killer's cool furythis fiction debut feels too formulaic and simplistic. The characters lack depth, with many of the minor players, such as a buffoonish judge, played as caricatures. And while Grace may know the ins and outs of the legal system, too many events defy belief. While Grace's fame and the real-life tie-in will probably sell this book, its by-the-numbers plot and characters won't keep them reading. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Review

TV personality Grace's (coauthor, Objection!) fiction debut starts out as a compelling story about an Atlanta-based assistant DA who wins her case against a serial killer. But as it tracks her relocation to New York, her second career as a therapist, and the murder of her young female patients by a copycat killer, subplots that seem at odds with the main story, any growth of suspense is hindered. An improbable ending further disappoints. However, Kate McIntyre's (A Life That Matters) exemplary narration-she makes each character distinct and unique-helps to mitigate the flip-flopping story lines. Recommended for followers of Grace and fans of James Patterson. [The Hyperion hc, published in August, was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller.-Ed.]-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.