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Close Case (Samantha Kincaid #3)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  663 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid likes to be where the action is: at the scene of a crime, at the arrest of a suspect, with the cops on the Major Crimes Team. But when street smart, plugged-in reporter Percy Crenshaw is brutally murdered in the midst of pursuing a major story, she knows the stakes are high…

Within days, cops have a suspect; then a confession. Yet S
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 6th 2005)
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Thought I already wrote a review for this one, it must have gotten lost somewhere. Ellie Hatcher, detective, gets a case of a murdered reporter in the driveway of his home. Lots of twists & turns & scary moments for Ellie in this case as she also tries to keep her relationship together.
Fun to read, cute characters, but again an ending that doesn't quite tie all the loose ends together sufficiently. I will read more, I like Alafair Burke's prose style but I look forward to a more substantial piece.
I liked this one! I dig the humor and comments of Samantha Kincaid, and I enjoy what I learn about Portland from this series, too (Portland being one of the very few major U.S. cities I've never been to). Alas, that's it for these unless Alafair Burke ever revisits.... now I'm back to her New York books. AS usual, I won't do spoilers, which for mysteries I consider to be anything that happens after around page 50, sometimes earlier. But this book has DAs, cops, journalists, neighborhood activist ...more
Bonnye Reed
I really like Alafair Burke. I first read her because I adore her father, James Lee Burke. This was the third in a series, so I will have to go back and start at the beginning, but I found this protagonist, Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid, delightful. It is nice to read a non-jaded, slightly insecure peek into the life of a fictional crime fighter. She doesn't know everything. She still believes in justice and love. Sometimes she needs to stop in and talk to her Dad. And sometimes she needs backup. S ...more
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
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The basics: When high-profile reporter Percy Crenshaw is murdered, the cops immediately identify a suspect and secure a somewhat suspicious confession. ADA Samantha Kincaid must try the case with the evidence given, even as she searches for alternate theories about the crime.

My thoughts: I'm a huge fan of this series, and I both adore the character of Samantha Kincaid (and the well-developed characters of her family, friends and colleagues
Kathleen Hagen
Close Case, by Alafair Burke, B-plus, narrated by Betty Bobbitt, produced by Bolinda Publishing, downloaded from

This is a Samantha (Sam) Kincaid mystery. Kincaid has move back to Portland, Oregon from New York City and is working for the prosecutor’s office. She has moved in with chuck, her highschool sweetheart and newly rekindled romance. But they have conflicts right away, Chuck is a homicide detective and not always on the same page as the prosecutors, and his partner, Mike is k
The writing is a little choppy but the story holds together OK. It is written by a former Deputy DA and I think she is trying to point out some of the faults of the system, but in a nice way. As far as the subject itself: my feeling is that the criminal justice system is up to it's eyeballs muck, much of it of its own making. There are double standard for insiders (cops and those who work for criminal justice) and outsiders (that would be the rest of us). No one is presumed innocent, there are j ...more
#3 in the Samantha Kincaid series - Samantha is a Portland ADA.

Samantha Kincaid is assigned to the homicide of investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw. Leads point to racism and dirty cops. Samantha also has to take over a case for a disabled ADA, a police officer shot a black woman at a traffic stop. The two cases cause friction between her and her Major Crimes Team officers. Chuck Forbes moves in, and out.
I do not know how she does it, but Alafair Burke weaves a fantastically suspenseful mystery while maintaining vivid characterization! I am NEVER disappointed by her books, only enthralled and captivated. Never a dull moment! I appreciate her insider knowledge of DA vs. cops and all the unspoken alliances and betrayals of trust, etc. These are definitely two very distinct cultures and the reader gets an "up close and personal" initiation into some of the give and take required to maintain coopera ...more
Trouble with giving stars: can't give it 2 because there are other novels that I've given 2 stars that I liked much more than this one, however, giving this one 1 star, according to this rating system, means I didn't like it. I finished it; it wasn't great, but to say I didn't like it is not exactly fair. It certainly isn't a favorite and I'm not going to read any other of her crime novels because there are just too many other books out there to read that I'm sure are better but she did write so ...more
Burke is beginning to find her bearings as a writer, which is a good thing. Close Case is well constructed and for the most part, the characters are well developed. However, Samantha Kincaid might be better served with a third person narration. It's difficult to know how much self-knowledge she has, that is, how she judges other characters' comment about her abilities and her quirks. When her bosses tell her she's the best, is the reader supposed to take this as face value or is this Samantha re ...more
Allison Malter
This is my first time reading Alafair Burke. I really liked her lead character Samantha Kincaid, a smart and funny prosecutor in Portland, Oregon. It’s a great legal thriller that tackles issues that are really current. Once I finished I had to start tracking down Burke’s other books.
Brilliant! The multiple story lines, the day to day office detail, the witty dialogues, all make this series brilliant. I hope this is not the last book... I hope Alafair Burke is working on this series in between her Ellie Hatcher one. I love Ellie but Samantha is all that and more. Fairstein Alafair Burke is an equal with Linda Fairstein. They both have tough characters and fight the fight for justice above all else. I wasn't sure I liked the ending due to the sadness... I'm hoping that Samant ...more
I had read that James Lee's daughter was writing crime novels as well recently, so I perused the library and found a couple of her works. I've just finished this one.

Alafair Burke writes nothing like her father, but then who could? She does however tell a good story nd draws you into the life of a young DDA in Portland, OR, who is trying to make her way in a challenging field.

Her protagonist, Samantha Kincaid, comes through as a very real person, vulnerable, smart, strong, and a good golfer and
Dewayne Stark
First read of this character after reading Alafair NY detective series. Here the roles are reversed as the boy friend is now a cop and she is the attorney. For me the ending falls apart has too many bad guys get involved.
David Weinfeld
Pretty good story of hot shot female assistant DA tracking a murder story which gets complicated because she lives with a cop who is close to the investigation. Coerced confession, etc.
I'm kind of ambivalent about her stuff. She obviously has the real life credentials and knows her subject, and her plotting isn't bad. But she just plain doesn't have her father's skill at characterization and location: any book where you have to keep track of the character's names rather than recognizing them just isn't all that well developed, and that generally results in my not especially caring about what happens to them, either. Similarly, if I didn't know the locale names from my few visi ...more
This was the first book I have read of the Samantha Kincaid series. It held my interest and I am looking forward to reading more of them.
Last in a series of three - all good.

Last one written in 2005 - why nothin' since then?
So far, I think her writing is over-rated by reviewers. I was excited to find there really was an Alafair and that James Lee Burke had named one of his characters - a fave character of mine - for his daughter. However, she uses WAY too many acronyms that are probably totally basic to the police and attorney community... but as soon as she goes beyond "APB" I'm lost. And it just seems like she gets bogged down in the recounting of facts rather than developing the meat of the story, the mystery. D ...more
Good for car listening
Got bored - persevered until 1/4 through the book, decided it wasn't going to grab me and gave up. I do this rarely, but the monotony of the story put me to sleep rather than keeping me awake during my late night back-from-work commute, which defeats the purpose.

I have really enjoyed previous novels by this author (Angel's Tip), so will give her novels another try, but this one wasn't for me.
Phil Nelson
I enjoy Alafair Burke's writing. So far I have not been disappointed.
REALLY liked this one, but wish I hadn't started with the third in the Samantha Kincaid series, but whatever...just requested 3 more of hers from the library, and have one at home, so I am in the midst of that lovely delight that happens when you find a new author and realize there are a BUNCH of books you haven't read by an author you enjoy, YAY!!

Protagonist good, mystery itself good, plot strong, characterizations good, nothing really that was anything but good!
Barbara Bruce
I have recently discovered Alafair Burke. I really like the character development even if she is a little bit predictable. My problem with this book was the incredible amount of typos. There were places in the book that I couldn't figure out what the author was trying to say. I downloaded the book to my IPad from IBooks. I don't know if that makes a difference or not, but they were really bad.
I really enjoyed the first two Samantha Kincaid books but unlike some other reviewers, I felt this one fell short. The ending was rushed and I had to go back over it to try to see what had really happened. Perhaps it was a sorry statement on the relationship between the police department and the district attorney's office but in this novel we are rather left hanging.
A perfectly serviceable mystery with some good local color (haven't all PDX'ers stood cheek-by-jowl with others in the cramped entrance to Papa Haydn?), if not particularly stellar - I'm left feeling like Kincaid and her pals are a bit slow on the uptake much of the time.
Another good Samantha Kincaid story. This one kept me guessing until near the end. It was interesting to read about the fine line between obtaining information legally and illegally. In the end, she has to form beliefs that are true to her legal training.
Karen Douglass
Another in the Samantha Kincaid series, one that I particularly enjoy for the insight in the workings of DA and police, however fictional this view may be. I take heart that the author is a lawyer and probably comes as close as anyone can with the procedures.
3.5 I liked this. I liked that it is set in Portland, Oregon. The story was engaging and I like Samantha Kincaid, the spunky protagonist with issues.
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Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling 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 crimina ...more
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