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Alafair Burke Biography

Alafair Burke born Alafair S. Burke  is an American crime novelist, legal commentator, and professor of law. She is the New York Times bestselling author of two series of crime novels.

One features NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher; the other, Portland, Oregon, prosecutor Samantha Kincaid. Her books have then been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Alafair received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. She completed the Senior Thesis “Emotion’s effects on memory: spatial narrowing of attention”. Burke went on to Stanford Law School in California where she graduated as a member of Order of the Coif.

Alafair Burke Age

Alafair S. Burke was born on October 1969 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Alafair Burke Family

She was raised primarily in Wichita, Kansas, where her mother, Pearl Pai Chu, was a school librarian. Her father, a fellow crime novelist James Lee Burke, was a professor of English. Burke traces her fascination with crime to the hunt for the serial killer known as BTK, he was active in Wichita during the 1970s.

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Alafair Burke Husband

She has been married to Sean Duncan Simpson since 2006.

Alafair Burke Career

After leaving law school, Alafair served as a judicial clerk to Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then served as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney in Portland. She later prosecuted domestic violence offenses and served as an in-precinct advisor to the police department.

Burke lives in New York City and is a Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Mystery Writers of America and as President of its New York chapter. She was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2017.

Publisher Simon & Schuster announced that Mary Higgins Clark and Burke were collaborating on the Under Suspicion series in 2014, featuring an intrepid television journalist who reinvestigates cold cases.

Alafair was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel for her book, The Ex in 2017.

The Ex Alafair Burke

In the breakout standalone novel of suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, a lady agrees to help her old boyfriend who has been framed for murder. She eventually begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.

Long Gone Alafair Burke

In New York City’s aggresive world of art, the appearances can be deceiving. When an art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, she is thrown into a dangerous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Alice must now discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.

All Day And A Night Alafair Burke

A new murder case with links to a convicted serial killer leads Ellie Hatcher a detective into a twisting investigation with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from the “terrific web spinner” Alafair Burke.

Psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office and the entire city suspects her estranged husband. The District Attorney’s office then received an anonymous letter. The author of the letter knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret. The victim’s bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were marked similar to the signature used twenty years earlier by a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes.The serial killer is asking to be released from prison. He argues that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

Never Tell Alafair Burke

Julia Whitmire a sixteen year old appeared to have everything including a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan townhouse, and a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. She is found dead in her bathtub, on her bed is a handwritten suicide note and her parents insist that their daughter would never kill herself.

Ellie Hatcher, a detective will be forced to uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide.

Dead Connection Alafair Burke

A rookie detective goes undercover on the Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer who targets single women in Manhattan

212 A Novel By Alafair Burke

212 features hip, Ellie Hatcher a Manhattan-based detective. Fans of Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton, and PJ Tracy find it hard to put 212 down until the very last page.

If You Were Here Alafair Burke

McKenna Jordan a Manhattan journalist chases the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from subway tracks. She locates a video that captures part of the incident. She then thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine. She is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann. She is a close friend who disappeared without a trace a decade earlier.

Mary Higgins Clark And Alafair Burke | Mary Higgins Clark Et Alafair Burke | Mary Higgins Clark Alafair Burke

Mary Higgins colaborated with Alafair Burke to publish several novels. The Cinderella Murder was the first book they published. It features characters Mary introduced in her novel, I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
The Cinderella Murder was the first collaboration novel Higgins wrote with an outside author. It was also the first time she had undertaken a continuing series.

Books By Mary Higgins Clark And Alafair Burke

Higgins and Burke have collaborated on several other books.

  • All Dressed in White (2015) 
  • The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016) 
  • Every Breath You Take (2017) 
  • You Don’t Own Me (2018) 

Alafair Burke Ellie Hatcher Series

  • Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher 1) (2007)
  • Angel’s Tip (Ellie Hatcher 2)
  • 212 (Ellie Hatcher 3) (2010)
  • Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher 4) (2012)
  • All Day and a Night (Ellie Hatcher 5) (2014)

Alafair Burke Samantha Kincaid Series

  • Judgement Calls (Samantha Kincaid 1) (2003)
  • Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid 2) (2004)
  • Close Case (Samantha Kincaid 3) (2005)

Alafair Burke Books In Order | Alafair Burke Books | Alafair Burke Libri

The Better Sister
The Wife
The Ex
All Day and a Night
If You Were Here
Never Tell
Long Gone
Angel’s Tip
Dead Connection
Close Case
Missing Justice
Judgement Calls

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Alafair Burke Interview


Published; Jan 23, 2018


Elise Cooper: Do you think any of the characters are likeable?

Alafair Burke: I think readers might disagree who is likeable and who is not. It is a myth that characters must fall into one category or the other. I want to write complicated characters. Just as in real life it is hard to be always likeable or not. At some point, everyone in the book is doing something that might be conceived as bad, with degrees of culpability. There are reasons why they are doing certain things and people can decide if those reasons are justified, excused, or understandable. The characters I like are Angela, her mother, her son, Colin, and Susanna.

EC: Millennials are referenced with the intern working for Jason?

Alafair Burke: Jason thought of them as ‘micro-aggressive asshole whiners.’ She is portrayed by him and the media as a stereotypic millennial that is a snowflake, overly sensitive, and someone who over exaggerates. I intentionally wanted readers to question what happened. When something happens between two people it becomes a ‘he said, she said.’ Was it totally innocuous as he said or did he cross a line by flirting with someone at work, or did she perceive something that was not there? When we think about it our impressions of who these people are comes into play. I wanted people to think about the various degrees of misconduct that takes place behind closed doors.

EC: It appeared Angela and Jason have a perfect marriage and with it she supports him after the accusations?

Alafair Burke: I wanted to write from her perspective as she sees her life going viral. She has no idea of the process because she has no background in law enforcement. People always think the wife had to know and is complicit. The idea for the book came from my responses as a prosecutor, which is ‘she would be the last person to know.’

EC: In what way?

Alafair Burke: Jason is not going to tell her he is sexually harassing women. Since she has no expertise or reliable information she must piece together the truth through her memories, news reports, and just having some skepticism of what he tells her.

EC: Do you perceive her as a victim?

Alafair Burke: In some way. Think about it. Her husband was accused of sexual misconduct so his defense has to be there was mutual consent. For him, to be criminally innocent makes him culpable in the marriage. His legal exoneration means he has been having affairs.

EC: What do you think is the theme?

Alafair Burke: Compromise and what is relative. Getting past any clear lines of guilt/innocence, and betrayal/loyalty. I think it is the type of books that people will have different opinions.

EC: What do you want readers to get out of the book?

Alafair Burke: Of course for them to be entertained. Of all the books I have written, this one is the most morally ambiguous. I was motivated to write this novel because I wanted to delve into the different dynamics of relationships and the needed compromises that must be made to resolve conflicting values.

EC: Are you going to write another Ellie Hatcher book?

Alafair Burke: I am working on it now and it should be out in a year. Ellie leaves her work and goes home to Wichita Kansas, which is where I grew up. I decided to take her out of New York and allow readers to meet her mom who has been off the pages.