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Alafair Burke


Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke is the author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid.  Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by "The Today Show," People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Chicago Sun-Times. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alafair "is a terrific web spinner" who "knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy."

A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.

Books by Alafair Burke

by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

A young woman's mysterious murder becomes the focal point of television producer Laurie Moran's hit new reality drama: who killed this beautiful, multi-talented UCLA student? Was it related to her big acting break, an evasive boyfriend, a controversial church group, or something bigger? And what became of her missing shoe? Moran's reenactment of the case on the silver screen attempts to bring closure to the mystery, but ends up inciting new chaos among suspicious Hollywood elites.

by Alafair Burke - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office. Her injuries are eerily similar to the signature used 20 years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose. NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the “fresh look” team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro’s conviction.

by Alafair Burke - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Manhattan journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks. When she locates footage of part of the incident, she is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to a close friend who disappeared a decade earlier. This sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman --- a search that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home.

by Alafair Burke - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

When 16-year-old Julia Whitmire is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life. When they use their power to force a criminal investigation, NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher’s resistance (she’s convinced the case is a suicide) causes trouble for her both at work and in her personal life.

by Alafair Burke - Fiction, Thriller

Alafair Burke's first stand-alone novel is a dark and twisting psychological thriller with the intensity and depth of Harlan Coben's TELL NO ONE and Laura Lippman's WHAT THE DEAD KNOW.