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Alafair Burke's books include the standalone thrillers Long Gone and If You Were Here - an Amazon Best Mystery Novel of 2013 - and her acclaimed series starring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, the most recent of which, Never Tell, was a Kindle bestseller. 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.
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendidly-engineered thriller and stand alone novel by the crime writing daughter of the great James Lee Burke. Set in New York, a powerful lawyer is called in by his teenage daughter to defend a man she once loved, but ruthlessly abandoned when she was younger, of a murder charge. However, it soon appears that all the known facts and others she digs up indubitably point to him as the killer and the doubts grow in her mind, although she feels a moral obligation to get him off the hook. Balancing the legal and personal world, the plot develops with smooth efficiency, with the reader's loyalties shifting constantly, alongside the protagonist's. The twists come fast and furiously, each one questioning the facts that came before and you'll race to the satisfying end. Often reminded me of John Grisham at his earliest best, but with a feminine touch which is quite unique.
Absolutely riveting...Burke delivers a first-rate thriller, as a rookie detective investigates the dark side of internet dating while trying to survive the mean streets of New York . (Lisa Gardner). Dating can be murder...Ellie Hatcher's father spent much of his life pursuing a notorious serial killer. So when, years later, a new killer emerges targeting single women online, Ellie willingly agrees to play victim in an attempt to trap him...In her first Ellie Hatcher series novel, Alafair Burke (author of All Day and A Night and City of Fear) unnervingly explores a world of stolen identities in which no-one is who they appear to be.
July 2014 Book of the Month. This novel feels as though you are involved in an actual case; it’s full of clever, clear, concise writing without an annoying overload of background noise. The author knows whats she's talking about, she understands the processes and procedures, the mundane, the misleading; it comes as no surprise to find she is a former prosecutor and now teaches criminal law. The characters are totally believable, there’s no extravagant superhero to save the day, just good old fashioned investigative skills. Is innocence and guilt ever clear cut and simple, Burke sends your thoughts one way and then the other, have you solved it already? NO! This is a real winner, hooking, stimulating and provoking your attention from start to finish. ~ Liz Robinson
A highly addictive, sublimely plotted psychological thriller about marriage, private security and journalistic scandal. A young pickpocket is pulled from the tracks of a subway station seconds before an oncoming train's arrival. When a video of the incident briefly emerges it unlocks a mystery that goes back over a decade.A top class read from one of the finest young crime writers around.
Compulsively readable and masterfully plotted, Long Gone will catapult Alafair Burke into the publishing big time.
The new fast-paced thriller from rising star Alafair Burke, where no-one in Manhattan is safe. And no-one is innocent. In New York City nights are dangerous. Days are numbered. When New York University student Megan Gunther is murdered in a vicious attack after receiving threats posted on a campus website, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced there is a link. With straight-talking partner J. J. Rogan at her side, Ellie tries to identify Megan's enemies, but she begins to wonder if the girl's murder was more than just the culmination of a cyber obsession. Then phone records reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real-estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. Even more suspiciously, the detectives also learn that the dead real-estate agent shared a secret connection to a celebrity mogul whose bodyguard was mysteriously killed a few months earlier. And when Megan's roommate suddenly disappears, they know they have to find her before it's too late! With fans including everyone from Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and Lee Child to Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Kathy Reichs, Alafair Burke gives us another nail-biting thriller to keep us on the edge of our seats.
'A major talent.' HARLAN COBEN 'With Burke you know you're in good hands.' GILLIAN FLYNN Keep your enemies close and your sister closer... For a while, it seemed like both Taylor sisters had found happiness. Chloe landed a publishing job in New York City; Nicky married Adam, and became a mother to their son, Ethan. But now, fourteen years later, it is Chloe who is married to Adam and raising Ethan. When Adam is murdered at the couple's beach house, Chloe has no choice but to welcome her estranged sister back into her life and confront the truth behind family secrets they both tried to leave behind
'A major talent.' HARLAN COBEN 'With Burke you know you're in good hands.' GILLIAN FLYNN Keep your enemies close and your sister closer... For a while, it seemed like both Taylor sisters had found happiness. Chloe landed a coveted publishing job in New York City. Nicky got married to a promising young attorney named Adam McIntosh and became a mother to a baby boy named Ethan. But now, fourteen years later, it is Chloe who is married to Adam. When he is murdered at the couple's beach house, she has no choice but to welcome her estranged sister - her teenage stepson's biological mother - back into her life. When the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect, the sisters are forced to confront the truth behind family secrets they both tried to leave behind in order to protect the boy they love, whatever the cost.
In our age of accusations, blurred lines, and shifting allegiances, what would you do? When Angela meets Jason Powell, a brilliant university professor, she assumes their romance to be a fling. But when they marry the following summer and move to Manhattan, Angela feels she's been given the chance to escape her past. Six years later, however, Jason, by now a celebrated liberal figurehead, faces serious allegations made by one of his young college interns, and Angela's seemingly perfect life is under threat . . .
'A subtly sneaky, emotionally complex, and utterly addictive novel of psychological suspense.' - Lisa Scottoline The stunning new domestic thriller from the New York Times-bestselling, Edgar-nominated author of The Ex When Angela met Jason Powell, while catering a function in the Hamptons, she assumed their romance would be a fling. But, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. The marriage meant a fresh start, a chance for Angela and her young son to move to Manhattan where no one knew of her tragic past. Six years later, her husband has become a successful and celebrated liberal figurehead, but when a college intern and then another woman come forward with allegations against him, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, but Angela is forced to ask how well she ever really knew her husband, and if she can afford to stand by him and risk her own past being revealed.
When Angela met Jason Powell, while catering a function in the Hamptons, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, but to her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to start again, for her and her young son to move from her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew of her tragic past. Six years later, thanks to a best-selling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a celebrated liberal figurehead, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, but increasingly Angela is forced to ask how well she ever really knew her husband, and if she can afford to stand by him and risk her damaged past being revealed.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Ex comes a newe-short featuring an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, The Wife.After losing a criminal case, a prosecutor asks herself how far shes willing to go to protect the young girl whose future hangs in the balance . . .
'Highly addictive' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'A major talent' HARLAN COBEN 'A great set-up, a situation you can almost see yourself in, and then it keeps you guessing right to the very end. I loved it.' BECKY MASTERMAN, author of Fear the Darkness DID HE, OR DIDN'T HE? Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defence lawyers. When she gets a phone call informing her that her former fiancee has been arrested for a triple homicide there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him - and why? For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, and the hurt she caused him, but as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts.
When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's Office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a detail that police have kept secret: the victim's bones were broken after she was killed, echoing a signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose. Ellie Hatcher and her partner JJ Rogan are tapped as the 'fresh look' team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro's conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defence lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, who has a personal connection to the case. As both the NYPD and Amaro's legal team search for certainty in years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown, and to deadly secrets left behind.
From bestselling thriller author Alafair Burke come books 2-4 in her popular Ellie Hatcher series: 212, Angel's Tip, and Never Tell.
Por fin en castellano el aclamado thriller de la mejor escritora del crimen de hoy: Alafair Burke. Inquietante y contundente. Te mantendra en vilo. En una ciudad llena de victimas. . . es dificil elegir solo una. La joven universitaria Chelsea Hart esta muy emocionada de pasar las ultimas horas de sus vacaciones de primavera en la sala VIP de un club de lite de Nueva York, tanto es asi que se separa de su grupo de amigas cuando stas deciden regresar al hotel. A la manana siguiente, mientras sus amigas esperan preocupadas en el vestibulo del hotel, unos corredores encuentran el cuerpo de Chelsea en el East River Park, con el pelo, rubio y ondulado, brutalmente cortado. La detective Ellie Hatcher se hace cargo del caso y sus principales sospechosos son el grupo de hombres que fue visto por ultima vez en compania de la joven bebiendo alcohol. Pero antes de que ella pueda reunir las pruebas preliminares del macabro asesinato, ste llama la atencion de los medios de comunicacion y aparece en titulares, algo que no gusta al departamento de policia. Cuando Ellie construye el caso, precipitadamente, contra Jake Myers, un joven gerente de fondos de cobertura, los altos mandos del departamento y la oficina del fiscal de distrito estan euforicos: el caso pronto se disipa, los medios de comunicacion promocionan el trabajo rapido del departamento, y Ellie sera testigo en el juicio contra Myers. Pero Ellie tiene dudas. El asesinato de Chelsea es inquietantemente similar a otras tres muertes que ocurrieron hace casi una dcada: las victimas eran jovenes, mujeres y, en cada caso, el asesino habia cortado el pelo de las victimas como recuerdo. La investigacion de Ellie la arrastra al mundo nocturno de los clubes exclusivos, el lujo, y el consumo hedonista. Y su busqueda de la verdad no solo la enfrenta a sus companero de policia, tambin la coloca bajo la atenta mirada de un psicopata deseoso de anadir a la joven detective a su lista. Conmovedora y con altas dosis de suspense La caricia del angel es un thriller elctrico que ofrece una mirada voyeurista del mundo, glamuroso pero peligroso, de la vida nocturna de Nueva York.
When McKenna Jordan, a magazine journalist investigating the story of the heroic and unidentified woman, finds the video footage, she thinks she recognizes her as Susan Hauptmann. But Susan disappeared without a trace ten years earlier, having just introduced McKenna to her future husband, Patrick. McKenna's complex search for her missing friend forces her to unearth secrets that lie deep in all their pasts. A sublimely plotted mystery and a devastating thriller about marriage, private security and journalistic scandal, If You Were Here further underlines Dennis Lehane's assertion that 'Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today'.
Magazine journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the latest urban folktalethe story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks seconds before the arrival of an oncoming train. When McKenna locates a video snippet that purportedly captures the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine.McKenna is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friendand a classmate of her husbands at West Pointwho vanished without a trace ten years earlier. The NYPD concluded that the nomadic Susanforced by her father into an early military life, floundering as an adult for a fixed identitysimply started over again somewhere else.But McKenna has always believed that the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached and sees Susans resurfacing as a sign that she wants to be found. What might have been a short-lived Metro story sends the former prosecutor turned reporter on a twisting search that leads across New York Cityand to dark secrets buried dangerously close to home. . . .
'Should come with a warning...highly addictive.' Karin SlaughterWhen prep school junior Julia Whitmire is found dead in the bathtub of her family's Upper East Side apartment, her left wrist slashed and suicide note resting on her dresser, Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan initially write the case off as a suicide. Julia's parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life, but Ellie knows all too well that family members can be the last to accept the truth.But when Julia's mother appeals to her with the evidence - including a hand-written suicide note she believes her internet-obsessed daughter would never have composed - Hatcher is confronted with the possibility of a troubled young girl's murder.With fans including everyone from Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben, to Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner, Never Tell is another nail-biting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A nail biting thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. When prep school junior Julia Whitmire is found dead in the bathtub of her family's Upper East Side apartment, her left wrist slashed and suicide note resting on her dresser, Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan initially write the case off as a suicide. Julia's parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life, but Ellie knows all too well that family members can be the last to accept the truth. But when Julia's mother appeals to her with the evidence - including a hand-written suicide note she believes her internet-obsessed daughter would never have composed - Hatcher is confronted with the possibility of a troubled young girl's murder.
Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan town house, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life. But Julias enviable world was more complicated than it seemed. The pressure to excel at Casden was enormous. Abuse of prescription antidepressants and ADHD medication ran rampant among students; an unlabeled bottle of pills in Julias purse suggests she had succumbed to the trend. And a search of Julias computer reveals that in the days leading up to her death she was engaged in a dangerous game of cyberbullying against an unlikely victim. NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced the case is a suicide, but she knows from personal experience that a loving family can be the last to accept the truth. When the Whitmires use their power to force a criminal investigation, Ellies resistance causes trouble for her both at work and in her personal life. As she is pressured to pursue a case she doesnt believe in, she is pulled into Julias inner circle an eclectic mix of overly precocious teenagers from Manhattans most privileged families as well as street kids from Greenwich Village. But when the target of Julias harassment continues to receive death threats, Ellie is forced to acknowledge that Julia may have learned the hard way that some secrets should never be told.