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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."

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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…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)
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)
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for the support so many have shown for THE WIFE. I’ve gotten so many incredible notes from you in response to this book, and I can’t wait to continue hearing your reactions to Angela, Jason, and their layered, scandal-prone lives. Keep reading!


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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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