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Alafair Burke


USA (1969 - )
Daughter of James Lee Burke

Alafair Burke is the author of what the Sun-Sentinal has hailed as "two power house series" featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her love for writing, her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and her ability to create strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters. 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 Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.

Alafair is often asked about the origin of her name, especially by readers who are familiar with the fictional character, Alafair Robicheaux, featured in her father's novels. Alafair was named for her father's maternal grandmother. It was a more common name in the United States, particularly the south, at the turn of the twentieth century. Now it is a name that belongs to her, two of her cousins, and, from what she can find on Google, ten cats, two dogs, an alpaca, and a boat.
 
Series
Samantha Kincaid
1. Judgment Calls (2003)
2. Missing Justice (2004)
3. Close Case (2005)
 
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)
Ellie Hatcher Collection (omnibus) (2014)
 
 
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)
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."



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