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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 Port...more

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Average rating: 3.63 · 15,733 ratings · 2,280 reviews · 22 distinct works · Similar authors
Long Gone
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 2,578 ratings — published 2011 — 12 editions
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If You Were Here
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 2,021 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
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212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,884 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatc...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,673 ratings — published 2007 — 25 editions
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Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher, #4)
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 1,740 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
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Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher #2)
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,356 ratings — published 2008 — 24 editions
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Judgment Calls (Samantha Ki...
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 983 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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Missing Justice (Samantha K...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 639 ratings — published 2004 — 18 editions
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All Day and a Night (Ellie ...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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Close Case (Samantha Kincai...
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 557 ratings — published 2005 — 17 editions
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More books by Alafair Burke…
Dead Connection Angel's Tip 212 Never Tell All Day and a Night
Ellie Hatcher (5 books)
3.685557083906465 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 7,270 ratings

Judgment Calls Missing Justice Close Case
Samantha Kincaid (3 books)
3.6290174471992653 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 2,178 ratings

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All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke
"I am a Burke-lover from way back, and I pulled some strings to get this fantastic book early so that I could read it, and then I read it in a day and a half, and then I was sad because I know Alafair hasn't even started the next one.

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The Ascendant by Drew Chapman
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What I said: “Political thriller? International thriller? Financial thriller? Whatever you call it, The Ascendant is smart, edgy, fast-paced storytelling at its best. Its unlikely hero, Garrett Reilly, reminded me of a young Jack Reacher as a tech-sa...more
Alafair Burke and 60 other people liked Kemper's review of The Fever:
The Fever by Megan Abbott
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The whole time I was reading this I had to fight the urge to walk around imitating Christopher Walken from that famous Saturday Night Live skit. “I got a FEVER and the only prescription is..." Read more of this review »
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What I said: "A precocious teenager. A teacher who can't quite grow up. WHAT HAS BECOME OF YOU is a suspenseful and tightly plotted thriller, filled with vivid and memorable characters, each with her own compelling voice."
Alafair Burke voted for Unseen (Will Trent, #7) as Best Mystery & Thriller in the Semifinal Round of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Unseen by Karin Slaughter
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“I get sad every time I hear a person say "I don't read." It's like saying "I don't learn," or "I don't laugh," or "I don't live.”
Alafair Burke

“Cursing's for the uncreative. They say "Frack! on Battlestar Galactica, and everyone still knows what it means.”
Alafair Burke, Long Gone


Select a series to be read from mid-September through the end of the year. The winner will be announced 9/15.

Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris
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No Evil by Allison Brennan
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Samantha Kincaid by Alafair Burke
  2 votes, 11.1%

Lizzy Gardner by T.R. Ragan
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Karen Vail by Alan Jacobson
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Happiness Key by Emilie Richards
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Bone Secrets by Kendra Elliot
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Turing Hopper by Donna Andrews
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Kendall O'Dell by Sylvia Nobel
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Lena Gamble by Robert Ellis
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message 12: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Alafair. Lovely to catch up with you here. Hope life's treating you well and the writing's going splendidly :))

message 11: by Rick

Rick Reed Thanks for adding me Alafair. Congrats on Long Gone! Grand news.

message 10: by Linda

Linda Atnip Hi Alafair,

Thanks for accepting my friendship. I have really enjoyed reading your work, and would like to invite you to check out mine.

All best wishes,


Stuart Land Thank you for being my new friend, Alafair. Good timing too, as I'm on my second draft of my first crime thriller. Quite different than my other four paranormal books. I started in law at American University, but made the mistake of becoming a police officer, which, at that time, operated under two different codes of ethics. Since all my novels have strong female characters, I look forward to reading yours.

Lynette Barfield Hi Alafair. I just finished Long Gone and loved it. Keep up the good work. All I can say is ATTAGIRL!!!!!

Lynette Barfield Hi Alafair. Thanks for friending me. I have read almost everything your father has written, and when I discovered that you were a real person, not just a fictional daughter, and also an author, I began to read your books. I think your father is wonderfully gifted, and you seem to be following in his tradition. Keep up the good work.

Dwayne Hey Alafair! I'm a big fan! Have to catch you on FB too! Honored to be listed amongst your friends. Would love to make you a fan of mine! Message me your PO Box address.. I'd love to send you a signed copy of Eye For An Eye if you'd like to take a chance on me!

Alafair Burke Hey everyone. I'm happy to be here. I just signed up today so am still figuring out how best to be in touch with readers through GoodReads. I'm always happy to find a spot dedicated to books!

message 4: by Rai

Rai Hi Alafair,

It's great to see you on Goodreads! I am honored to have you as a friend here.

Wishing you continued success... :)


message 3: by Harry

Harry Shannon Howdy, good to see ya here. Does anyone still have free time to write?

message 2: by Beth

Beth Hi Alafair,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!

message 1: by Ed

Ed Thank you for the friend, add. I've enjoyed reading your books.



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