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Alafair Burke

USA flag (b.1969)
Daughter of James Lee Burke

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include the standalone thrillers The X, Long Gone and If You Were Here, and the Ellie Hatcher series: All Day and a Night, Never Tell, 212, Angel’s Tip, and Dead Connection. She is also the coauthor of the Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law and lives in Manhattan.

Genres: Mystery
New Books
April 2023

Where Are the Children Now?
(Where Are the Children?, book 2)
Ellie Hatcher
   1. Dead Connection (2007)
   2. Angel's Tip (2008)
     aka City of Fear
   3. 212 (2010)
     aka City of Lies
   4. Never Tell (2012)
   5. All Day and a Night (2014)
   6. Find Me (2021)
     aka The Girl She Was
   Winning (2010)
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : The Ex

Alafair Burke recommends
Injustice For All (2010)
(Joe Dillard, book 3)
Scott Pratt
"Scott Pratt knows his stuff and it shows."
Thunder Beach (2010)
(Merrick McKnight, book 1)
Michael Lister
"Thunder Beach is absolutely riveting."
Voyeur (2010)
(Southampton Trilogy, book 3)
Daniel Judson
"Judson hits you with a 25,000-volt stun gun in chapter one and doesn't let up until the satisfying end."
In Search of the Rose Notes (2011)
Emily Arsenault
"Feels like a beautifully written secret, whispered into the reader's ear."
The Book of You (2014)
Claire Kendal
"Chilling, raw, and utterly addictive, THE BOOK OF YOU is the kind of psychological thriller that you will want to read in one gulp, only to find yourself terrified once the lights are off."
One Kick (2014)
(Kick Lannigan, book 1)
Chelsea Cain
"Kick Lannigan is my kind of heroine, brave and honorable, with a big gun and a sharp tongue. Chelsea Cain is at the top of her game here with crisp prose, rich characters, and breakneck pacing. Read the first chapter, and you'll be hooked."
The Secrets on Chicory Lane (2017)
Raymond Benson
"A beautifully written thriller, filled with richly drawn characters, memorable dialogue, and a searing portrayal of a life-long friendship. Raymond Benson is a talented storyteller, and this is one of his best novels yet."
The Devil's Song (2017)
Lauren Stahl
"I was up all night, utterly riveted...It's hard to believe this is a debut. Lauren Stahl is a writer to watch."
Best Friends Forever (2018)
Margot Hunt
"Best Friends Forever is a clever thriller that asks how far we'll go to protect our friends. Margot Hunt will keep you guessing until the final, satisfying twist."
Green Sun (2018)
(Hanson, book 3)
Kent Anderson
"Kent Anderson immediately pulls you into his taut, authentic depiction of a cop's life in early-80s Oakland. Green Sun is crime fiction at its best: smart, unflinching, and, ultimately, compassionate."
The Banker's Wife (2018)
Cristina Alger
"In Cristina Alger’s expert hands, the world of complex international finance is the perfect setting for a gripping, twisty thriller that asks how well we really know the people closest to us. The Banker's Wife is smart, savvy, and beautifully written. It grabs the reader by the gut and doesn’t let go until the last page."
The Disappearing (2018)
Lori Roy
"Beautifully written and expertly plotted, The Disappearing is a twisty, haunting, and utterly riveting thriller. Lori Roy just gets better and better."
Before She Knew Him (2019)
Peter Swanson
"In Peter Swanson’s expert hands, one woman’s discerning observation at a quiet suburban dinner party unfolds into a gripping, twisty, psychologically complex thriller. I could not put it down."
Saving Meghan (2019)
D J Palmer
"Smart and taut...Moves at a lighting pace."
The Warehouse (2019)
Rob Hart
"A chilling and all-too-believable portrait of a not-so-far-off future where free will succumbs to big business."
Little Secrets (2019)
Jennifer Hillier
"Little Secrets is a powerful, enthralling thriller that had me looking forward to the end of each day I could spend with these intriguing characters and Jennifer Hillier's riveting storytelling. Prepare yourself for a terrific read."
The Blaze (2020)
Chad Dundas
"With firm, incisive writing, Dundas makes his Montana setting come alive. The Blaze is the best kind of thriller, full of suspense and twists until the very end, with complicated characters haunted by the past and struggling with the present."
Pretty as a Picture (2020)
Elizabeth Little
"Engaging and irresistible from the very first page, Pretty as a Picture is a smart and compelling thriller filled with surprises. Little writes with such a clear, confident, and witty voice, I found myself smiling as I read."
When No One Is Watching (2020)
Alyssa Cole
"From the first page of WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, I felt like I was right there in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, filled with sharply etched characters and dialogue that zings. Then bam! I was knocked over by the momentum of an intense psychological thriller that doesn't let go until the final page. This is a terrific read."
Never Far Away (2021)
Michael Koryta
"Koryta's expert plotting is on full display as he masterfully introduces one intriguing character after another, weaving their stories together while leading all of them--and the reader--to a stunning finale. Never Far Away is a must-read for thriller fans."
A Good Mother (2021)
Lara Bazelon
"A Good Mother is a high-stakes legal thriller packed with intense courtroom drama, but it's also a story about the complicated sacrifices and compromises that mothers face. In this impressive debut, Lara Bazelon's talent for both storytelling and the law are on sharp display."
The Missing Hours (2021)
Julia Dahl
"A dark thriller about the meaning of vengence, survival, and justice."
As the Wicked Watch (2021)
(Jordan Manning, book 1)
Tamron Hall
"As the Wicked Watch is a terrific read—a propulsive, compelling mystery, but also a nuanced look at class and racial inequality. With Jordan Manning, Tamron Hall has given us a smart, empathetic heroine to cheer on for years to come."
I Am Not Who You Think I Am (2021)
Eric Rickstad
"Eric Rickstad is the rare writer who can wrap a dark, gritty story in smooth, poetic prose."
All Her Little Secrets (2021)
Wanda M Morris
"Wanda M. Morris hits all the right notes in All Her Little Secrets, a taut, sleek thriller that’s also a searing story about the secrets we can never manage to leave behind. A stunning debut."
Do I Know You? (2021)
Sarah Strohmeyer
"Gripping and emotionally resonant, Sarah Strohmeyer’s thrilling new novel introduces readers to a relentless heroine who’s driven by the power of sisterly love."
Like a Sister (2022)
Kellye Garrett
"Like a Sister is one of those reads whose tight plotting and suspenseful pacing might tempt you to rush to its twisty end, but take your time and enjoy the ride as Kellye Garrett fills these pages with humor, heart, and whip-smart insights into class, race, family, and our contemporary media culture. Garrett deserves every bit of praise Like a Sister is certain to earn."
The House in the Pines (2023)
Ana Reyes
"In The House in the Pines, Ana Reyes delves into a complex female friendship and the fragile nature of memory to weave together a smart, eerie, and completely addictive story of psychological suspense. Reyes is a debut author to watch."
Murder Your Employer (2023)
(McMasters Guide to Homicide, book 1)
Rupert Holmes
"With dry humor and an eye for hidden clues, Rupert Holmes imagines a secret Hogwarts-like school that teaches the fine art of pulling off the perfect (and perfectly deserved) murder. An utterly creative and deliciously diabolical read."
Red Queen (2023)
(Antonia Scott, book 1)
Juan Gómez-Jurado
"A smart, addictive thriller."
Central Park West (2023)
James Comey
"James Comey combines his insider knowledge of every level of the justice system with a natural storytelling voice to create a winning debut in Central Park West. More books, please."
Love Betrayal Murder (2023)
Adam Mitzner
"The twists keep coming in this smart, sly, and subtle legal thriller. Love Betrayal Murder starts as a slow burn but quickly builds into an unputdownable page turner."
Sing Her Down (2023)
Ivy Pochoda
"Ivy Pochoda once again writes with empathy about a world of unseen, unheard women-this time, two former cellmates whose lives remain entangled after their sudden release from prison. Sing Her Down is a stunning thriller, at once beautiful and gritty. Pochoda is a major talent."

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