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Alafair Burke

Who is Alafair Burke?

Alafair S. Burke (born October 1969) is an American crime novelist, professor of law, and legal commentator. She is a New York Times bestselling author of 18 crime novels, including The Ex, The Wife, and The Better Sister, and two series—one featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, and the other, Portland, Oregon, prosecutor Samantha Kincaid. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Background Burke was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and raised primarily in Wichita, Kansas, where her mother, Pearl Pai Chu, was a school librarian and her father, fellow crime novelist James Lee Burke, was a professor of English. She traces her fascination with crime to the hunt for the serial killer known as BTK, who was active in Wichita during the 1970s.Burke received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, completing the senior thesis "Emotion's effects on memory: spatial narrowing of attention." She went on to Stanford Law School in California, graduating as a member of Order of the Coif. After law school, she served as a judicial clerk to Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney in Portland, where she prosecuted domestic violence offenses and served as an in-precinct advisor to the police department.She currently lives in New York City and is a professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. She has served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America and as president of its New York chapter. In 2017, she was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Authors Guild Foundation. In 2014, publisher Simon & Schuster announced that Mary Higgins Clark and Burke were collaborating on the Under Suspicion series, featuring an intrepid television journalist who reinvestigates cold cases.In 2017, Burke was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel for her book, The Ex. Burke currently serves as the President of Mystery Writers of America and is the first woman of color to be elected to that position. Writing techniques Burke's novels are known for their authenticity and often draw on real-world cases and the author's personal and professional experiences. Burke's Samantha Kincaid series is set in the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, where Burke worked in the 1990s. In creating NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, Burke drew on her experience growing up in Kansas. Like Burke, Hatcher was raised in Wichita. Hatcher's father was a Wichita police detective, who spent his career hunting a serial killer who evaded police for 30 years. Burke's first novel, Judgment Calls, is loosely based on the case of Keith Hunter Jesperson, a serial killer known as the "Happy-Face Killer" for the smiley faces he drew on his many letters to the media. Angel's Tip was loosely based on the murders of Imette St. Guillen and Jennifer Moore.In Dead Connection, Ellie Hatcher tracks a serial killer who uses an online dating service to locate his victims. Burke has said that the plot was inspired by her worst nightmares while briefly enrolled on Match.com. Burke subsequently dedicated the book to her husband, writing, "For Sean, I can't believe I found you on a computer." In the author's note to The Better Sister, Burke described her novels The Ex, The Wife, and The Better Sister as "a thematic trilogy of novels that explore the complexity of female relationships and the diverse roles that women play in contemporary society." Novels Samantha Kincaid series Judgment Calls (Samantha Kincaid 1) (2003) Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid 2) (2004) Close Case (Samantha Kincaid 3) (2005)Ellie Hatcher series Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher 1) (2007) Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher 2) (2008) (published in the UK as City of Fear) 212 (Ellie Hatcher 3) (2010) (published in the UK as City of Lies) Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher 4) (2012) All Day and a Night (Ellie Hatcher 5) (2014)Under Suspicion series The Cinderella Murder (2014) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark) All Dressed in White (2015) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark) The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark) Every Breath You Take (2017) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark) You Don't Own Me (2018) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark) Piece of My Heart (2020) (with co-author Mary Higgins Clark)Other novels Long Gone (2011) If You Were Here (2013) The Ex (2016) The Wife (2018) The Better Sister (2019) Find Me (2021) The Girl She Was (2021)Short stories Winning (2008) (selected for Best American Mystery Stories of 2009) The Mother (2012)Other works Got a Warrant?: Breaking Bad and the Fourth Amendment, 13 OHIO ST. J. CRIM. L. 191 (2015) Consent Searches and Fourth Amendment Reasonableness, 67 FL. L. REV. 509 (2015) Review: Prosecution (is) Complex, 10 OHIO ST. J. CRIM. L. 703 (2013) Policing, Protestors, and Discretion, 40 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 999 (2013) Prosecutors and Peremptories, 97 IOWA L. REV. 1467 (2012) The Community Prosecutor: Questions of Professional Discretion, 47 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 285 (2012) (with co-author Bruce Green) I Got the Shotgun: Reflections on The Wire, Prosecutors, and Omar Little, 8 OHIO ST. CRIM. L. J. 447 (2011) When Family Matters, 119 YALE L. J. 1210 (2010) Prosecutorial Agnosticism, 57 8 OHIO ST. CRIM. L. J. 79 (2010) Talking About Prosecutors, 31 CARDOZO L. REV. 2119 (2010) Classroom Storytelling, 78 UMKC L. REV. 1031 (2010) Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Prosecutions and the New Policing, in CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Robinson, Ferzan, and Garvey eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2009) Revisiting Prosecutorial Disclosure, 84 INDIANA LAW J. 481 (2009) Comment, Brady's Brainteaser: The Accidental Prosecutor and Cognitive Bias, 57 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 575 (2007) Prosecutorial Passion, Cognitive Bias, and Plea Bargaining, 91 MARQUETTE L. REV. 183 (2007) Neutralizing Cognitive Bias: An Invitation to Prosecutors, 2 N.Y.U. LAW & LIBERTY 512 (2007) Domestic Violence as a Crime of Pattern and Intent: An Alternative Reconceptualization, 75 GEORGE WASHINGTON L. REV. 552 (2007) Lawless Neptune, in NEPTUNE NOIR (Rob Thomas, ed., 2007) (discussing the depiction of law in the popular television show Veronica Mars) Improving Prosecutorial Decision Making: Some Lessons of Cognitive Science, 47 WILLIAM & MARY L. REV. 1587 (2006) "Administrative Searches," "Arrest Without Warrant," and "Board of Education v. Earls," in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES (2006) Review: Murder and the Reasonable Man: Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom, 103 MICH. L. REV. 1043 (2005) Unpacking New Policing: Confessions of a Former Neighborhood District Attorney, 78 WASH. L. REV. 985 (2003) Rational Actors, Self-Defense, and Duress: Making Sense, Not Syndromes, Out of the Battered Woman, 81 N.C. L. REV. 211 (2002) A Few Straight Men: Homosexuals in the Military and Equal Protection, 6 STAN. LAW & POL. REV. 109 (1994) Note, Reconciling Professional Ethics and Prosecutorial Power: The No Contact Rule Debate, 46 STAN. L. REV. 1635 (1994) Remembering Emotional Events, 20 MEMORY & COGNITION 277 (1992) (with co-authors F. Heuer & D. Reisberg).References External links Official website

All Through the Night

All Through the Night

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A desperate mother. Her missing child. A stolen chalice. With Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, America's own Queen of Suspense, gave her readers their best ...

Loves Music, Loves To Dance

Loves Music, Loves To Dance

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New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims in bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark's L...

Piece of My Heart

Piece of My Heart

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In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran m...

All by Myself, Alone

All by Myself, Alone

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A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from “Queen of Suspense” and #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark.F...

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

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The "Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark, delivers a gripping tale of deception and tantalizing twists that could have been ripped from today's headlines.When Nicholas ...

The Shadow of Your Smile

The Shadow of Your Smile

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Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark brings us another New York Times bestselling novel that she “prepares so carefully and executes with such relish” (The New York Times Bo...

Weep No More My Lady

Weep No More My Lady

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New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark’s suspenseful masterpiece is a “crackling tale of menace and love that holds your attention to the last page” (Andrew M. ...

Kitchen Privileges

Kitchen Privileges

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Angela’s Ashes comes home to the Bronx in a brilliant, touching, charming, and bittersweet account of a childhood during the Depression from America’s Queen of Suspense.

I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

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From the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, a gripping and twisting mystery featuring a television news reporter who finds herself drawn into a terrifying web of treachery, where...

The Christmas Thief

The Christmas Thief

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Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale....

Mentiras de sangre

Mentiras de sangre

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La maestra del suspense vuelve con un thriller fascinante.Olivia Morrow sabe que le queda poco tiempo de vida. Sabe también que la Iglesia pretende beatificar a s...

I'll Walk Alone

I'll Walk Alone

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THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE IS BACK! Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel—the thirtieth and most spine-chilling of her long career as America’s most beloved author of suspense fic...

The Lost Years

The Lost Years

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Now in mass market, the latest suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, where a biblical scholar is found murdered shortly after...

The Year's Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016

The Year's Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016

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The Year's Best Crime & Mystery Stories contains the best crime and mystery stories that were originally published in 2015 in either print or electronic form...

All Around The Town

All Around The Town

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Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, crafts a terrifying story of murder and obsession with “a slambam finish” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).When Laurie...

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

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A one-of-a-kind mystery collection that showcases the immense storytelling talent #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has honed over her tremendous career—inc...

Silent Night

Silent Night

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Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense," has crafted a very special holiday story about a child's courage in the face of danger, and the power of love. Charged with menace and thrilli...

The Lottery Winner

The Lottery Winner

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Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” returns with Alvirah Meehan—one of her most beloved characters—in these six dazzling, intertwined, and thrilling tales of ...

A Stranger Is Watching

A Stranger Is Watching

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Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark brings suspense and intrigue to this story of a family beginning to heal from a brutal murder, but the accused man in jail maintains his innocence......

A Cry In the Night

A Cry In the Night

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When Jenny MacPartland meets the man of her dreams while working in a New York art gallery, she's ecstatic. Painter Erich Krueger -- whose exquisite landscapes are making him a huge success ...

Pretend You Don't See Her

Pretend You Don't See Her

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Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark brings us another New York Times bestselling novel that she “prepares so carefully and executes with such relish” (The New York Times Bo...

Moonlight Becomes You

Moonlight Becomes You

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From Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, a thriller “that grabs you with the first paragraph and never lets go” (USA TODAY) about a woman desperate to uncover the truth behin...

The Melody Lingers On

The Melody Lingers On

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A headline-making finance scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception collide in #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark’s finest thriller yet.As...

You Don't Own Me

You Don't Own Me

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The “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are here with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series as televisio...

I Heard That Song Before

I Heard That Song Before

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In a riveting psychological thriller, Mary Higgins Clark takes the reader deep into the mysteries of the human mind, where memories may be the most dangerous things of all.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

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The third thrilling novel in the Under Suspicion series by #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke follows television ...

Stillwatch

Stillwatch

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Intrigue abound in the Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark's Stillwatch, as a young journalist uncovers secrets from the past that could destroy her.I told you ...

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

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In a riveting and unputdownable thriller from the Queen of Suspense, a young woman is ensnared into returning to a place she had wanted to leave behind forever—her childhood home.

I've Got My Eyes on You

I've Got My Eyes on You

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The newest thriller and instant #1 New York Times bestseller from Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark shows us just how far a family and a town will go to protect their own in the...

I've Got You Under My Skin

I've Got You Under My Skin

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When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. La...

Where Are The Children?

Where Are The Children?

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author and Queen of Suspense launched her career with this classic thriller following a woman whose past holds a terrible secret. ...

Before I Say Good-Bye

Before I Say Good-Bye

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All Dressed in White

All Dressed in White

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The second in the thrilling New York Times bestselling series from Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, follows television producer Laurie Moran as she investigates the cold case ...

My Gal Sunday

My Gal Sunday

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Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

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In their first acclaimed work of collaboration, Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, create an exciting and entertaining st...

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

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Hard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more—this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors like Sue Grafton, Louise Penny...

Just Take My Heart

Just Take My Heart

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The bestselling Queen of Suspense delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife, while weaving in an eerie, little-understood but documente...

You Belong to Me

You Belong to Me

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“The mistress of high tension” (The New Yorker) and undisputed Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark brings us another New York Times bestselling novel that USA TODAY...

Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

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From beloved mother-daughter duo Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and Carol Higgins Clark, author of the hugely popular Regan Reilly mystery series, comes Dashing Throu...

Every Breath You Take

Every Breath You Take

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The New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series by the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke returns with this gripping mystery following televi...

While My Pretty One Sleeps

While My Pretty One Sleeps

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A stunning tale of murder, glamour, and romance, While My Pretty One Sleeps is the most exciting novel yet from Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense.Neeve Kear...

Santa Cruise

Santa Cruise

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America’s Queen of Suspense—Mary Higgins Clark—joins forces with her daughter Carol—bestselling author of the Regan Reilly mysteries—in this fast-paced novel set on a special...

Manhattan Mayhem

Manhattan Mayhem

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From Wall Street to Harlem, the borough of Manhattan is the setting for all-new stories of mystery, murder, and suspense, presented by best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark and featuring...

Daddy's Gone A Hunting

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In this "tantalizing" (Booklist) novel, Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that thre...

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

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An electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark!When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives a...

Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark - A Holiday Collection

Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark - A Holiday Collection

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Now, in one eBook boxed set, a collection of suspenseful and humorous holiday stories by Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Ca...

The Cinderella Murder

The Cinderella Murder

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In this collaboration between “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling author Alafair Burke, “the snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep re...

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

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The #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark crafts a thrilling mystery in which a news reporter develops an interest in her birth parents just as s...

Where Are You Now?

Where Are You Now?

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Remember Me

Remember Me

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