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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
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Alafair Burke Your question is so well timed! I'm in the middle of my next book, and, oh, how I wish I had it all planned out. No, I'm not a planner. I know who did…moreYour question is so well timed! I'm in the middle of my next book, and, oh, how I wish I had it all planned out. No, I'm not a planner. I know who did it and why, but from there, I let the characters dictate how the truth unfolds. I tell myself it's a good way to make sure that character is integrated with plot, but it's probably not the most sane way to work. It's the only way I know how to do it, though. Glad you enjoyed LONG GONE!(less)
Alafair Burke She and her publisher had discussed a series based on the characters from I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN and went looking for a suitable co-author so Mary…moreShe and her publisher had discussed a series based on the characters from I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN and went looking for a suitable co-author so Mary could continue writing solo books in addition to the new series. Mary picked me! I'm quite honored to be working with her.(less)
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Long Gone
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If You Were Here
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212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)
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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatc...
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Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher, #4)
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Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher #2)
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I am absolutely delighted to report that I am now a professional chef! Okay, that’s not true, but I am officially a published recipe author.


To benefit Mystery Writers of America, more than 100 mystery authors contributed recipes to The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Deserts to Die For. I’m so happy with the finished book that I’m giving away copies, with my recipe...

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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.”
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“Cursing's for the uncreative. They say "Frack! on Battlestar Galactica, and everyone still knows what it means.”
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message 11: 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 10: by Rick

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


message 9: 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,

Linda


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.


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... :)

~Rai


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.

Best,

Ed


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