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Alafair Burke

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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 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 Deput

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Alafair Burke In THE WIFE, a character in law enforcement notes the pattern that when one woman comes forward with a complaint of sexual abuse, others often come fo…moreIn THE WIFE, a character in law enforcement notes the pattern that when one woman comes forward with a complaint of sexual abuse, others often come forward as well. First, readers are mistaken to attribute statements by fictional characters to an author. I've had characters utter beliefs that I abhor. In this instance, however, the character's statement is an assertion of fact. It is a fact that nineteen women have accused the current President of sexual misconduct. The character in question, an experienced sex offense investigator, views those claims as part of a larger cultural and legal phenomenon. The same conversation--indeed, the entire novel--explores the trickier question of whether to believe those claims. And, to be clear, the initial complaint they are discussing is not of rape. It is, in fact, something that the criminal law would consider less serious than some of the acts alleged against the President.

One can choose not to believe the President's accusers, but to deny that the claims exist is, in my view, indefensible. If I lose readers by situating my fictional work in the actual, fact-based world, I can live with that.(less)
Alafair Burke Yes! THE EX, out on January 26, is a standalone, but I'm working on a Hatcher book right now. Well, not RIGHT now, because I'm writing the answer to t…moreYes! THE EX, out on January 26, is a standalone, but I'm working on a Hatcher book right now. Well, not RIGHT now, because I'm writing the answer to this question instead. But you know what I mean! Thanks for following the Hatcher books.(less)
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THE BETTER SISTER: Coming April 16

Alafair’s new novel, The Better Sister, will be released in the US on April 16th and in the UK on April 18th.  

The murder of a prominent Manhattan lawyer spurs the reunion of two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex. To save the teenage boy accused of murdering him, they must confront a history of long-buried secrets and betrayal. But can sisters ever escape the shadows of

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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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“When he was gone, I blocked his number and then deleted it from my phone. When I say good-bye, I mean it.”
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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,


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... :)


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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