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Alafair Burke - Author

About the Author

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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Featured books by Alafair Burke

Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel

Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

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.

City of Lies

City of Lies

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

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.

Other books by Alafair Burke

The Wife

The Wife

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

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 . . .

The Wife

The Wife

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

'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.

Wife

Wife

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2018

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.

Waking Kylie

Waking Kylie

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2017

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 . . .

The Ex

The Ex

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

'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.

All Day and a Night

All Day and a Night

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

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.

Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel

Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

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.

Alafair Burke's Ellie Hatcher Collection

Alafair Burke's Ellie Hatcher Collection

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2014

From bestselling thriller author Alafair Burke come books 2-4 in her popular Ellie Hatcher series: 212, Angel's Tip, and Never Tell.

La caricia del Angel

La caricia del Angel

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2014

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.

If You Were Here

If You Were Here

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

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'.

If You Were Here

If You Were Here

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

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. . . .

Never Tell

Never Tell

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2012

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.

Never Tell

Never Tell

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2012

'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.

Never Tell

Never Tell

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2012

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.

212

212

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2010

City of Lies

City of Lies

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

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.

City of Fear

City of Fear

Author: Alafair Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

An electrifying thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end, City of Fear is for anyone who loves Tess Gerritsen and Michael Connelly. In a city full of victims, it's murder to choose just one... Fresh-faced student Chelsea Hart spends her final night in New York in an elite nightclub with girlfriends and a fake ID. The next morning she is found murdered, in East River Park her celebrated blonde hair hacked off. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is first on the case and quickly homes in on the city slickers last seen with Chelsea. When a tight case is brought against one of them, the department is elated. But Ellie isn't so sure. Chelsea's murder is eerily similar to three other deaths that occurred a decade ago: the victims were young, female, and in each case, the killer had taken hair as a souvenir. Is Ellie right to have her suspicions, or is she delving too deep into a simple case? Ellie's search for the truth pits her against her fellow cops and places her under the watchful eye of a psychopath, eager to add her to his list...

Dead Connection

Dead Connection

Author: Alafair Burke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2007

When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to FirstDate.com, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City. To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal. She fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a cop - back home in Wichita, Kansas, her own father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the FirstDate killer begins to mimic the monster who destroyed her father, Ellie knows the game has become personal for him, too. Both hunter and prey, she knows her only choice is to find the killer before he claims his next victim - who could very well be Ellie herself.

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