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The Ex

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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. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Alafair Burke you might also like to read books by James Lee Burke, Meg Gardiner and Kathy Reichs.

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Synopsis

The Ex by Alafair Burke

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it... THE EX is everything a great mystery should be - intriguing, suspenseful, compelling, insightful, surprising, and thoroughly satisfying. A great read. (Chris Pavone, author of The Expats). In this breakout standalone thriller in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, William Landay and Paula Hawkins, a lawyer agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been accused of murder - but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated. Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene since the shooting of his wife by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman who eerily but thrillingly echoes his past. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a Missed Moment item online and days later, a woman responds...Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers. When she gets the phone call informing her that her former fiancee, Jack Harris, 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. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

About the Author

Alafair Burke

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.

Author photo © Deborah Copaken Kogan

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Publication date

4th February 2016

Author

Alafair Burke

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

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Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780571328154

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