Michael Connelly: 'this is smart, hip and always keeps you guessing. This is Alafair Burke's break out book. It's going to be big.' Dennis Lehane: 'Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today'. Harlan Coben: 'The plot of an Alafair Burke thriller doesn't just rip from the headlines. She's one step ahead of them.' Lisa Unger: This is a red-hot firecracker of a thriller with all the right stuff--perfect pacing, plotting, and suspense.' Praise for City of Fear: '[Ellie Hatcher] is warm, funny and engaging, and City of Fear is efficient and briskly paced' Laura Wilson, THE GUARDIAN Praise for Alafair Burke: 'These are characters I'd follow forever.' Tess Gerritsen 'Alafair Burke just keeps getting better and better.' Harlan Coben 'She's got what it takes and will be sticking around.' Michael Connelly 'Suspenseful and entertaining.' Kathy Reichs 'Alafair Burke delivers a first-rate thriller.' Lisa Gardner 'Terrific.' Laura Lippman 'Burke's brisk and ultimately suspenseful narrative offers wily and intricate plotting and sharply etched major and minor characters.' Kirkus Reviews 'Burke leaves her principle characters little time to sleep; her readers will relate.' Publishers Weekly 'Alafair Burke is a wonderful writer with the kind of skill and confidence I admire. I'm a big fan.' Sue Grafton 'Alafair Burke has been on the front lines in the courtroom and on the streets, and brings her world alive.' Linda Fairstein Praise for City of Lies: 'Entertaining, full of suspense and really enjoyable. A great read.' Closer Magazine
A former deputy district attorney, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School and lives in New York City. Alafair is the daughter of the acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke.
Michael Connelly: `this is smart, hip and always keeps you guessing. This is Alafair Burke's break out book. It's going to be big.'Dennis Lehane: `Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today'.Harlan Coben: `The plot of an Alafair Burke thriller doesn't just rip from the headlines. She's one step ahead of them.'Lisa Unger: This is a red-hot firecracker of a thriller with all the right stuff-perfect pacing, plotting, and suspense.'
After writing six previous novels in two mystery series, Burke offers her first stand-alone thriller. She's created an appealing and believable character in Alice Humphrey, the underemployed daughter of a prominent film director who is somewhat estranged from her famous family. After landing a too-good-to-be-true gallery job, she is appalled to find there one of her new business contacts murdered, with many clues to the killer pointing her way. Reader Tamara Marston as Alice conveys the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength and is convincing as the more peripheral characters as well. Recommended for all fiction lovers. ["Highly recommended for Burke's Ellie Hatcher fans as well as general suspense and mystery readers," read the review of the HarperCollins hc, also starred, LJ 5/1/11.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Near the outset of this impressive novel of suspense from Burke (212), her first stand-alone, 37-year-old Alice Humphrey, the daughter of controversial film director Frank Humphrey, meets charming Drew Campbell at a sparsely attended Manhattan art opening; he asks if she would like to manage the fledgling Highline Gallery. While the job appears too good to be true, Alice, who's been unemployed for eight months, accepts the offer. All goes well until Alice finds Drew dead in the gallery a few weeks later. The police regard Alice as the prime suspect in the murder of "Drew Campbell," who was not the man he claimed to be. Evidence against her includes paperwork supposedly showing that she leased the gallery space. Feeling trapped, Alice wonders if she's being set up and if it has anything to do with her famous father. Alice must dig deep into her family's checkered history if she's to prove her innocence. Burke skillfully orchestrates the mounting tension and claustrophobia of Alice's world collapsing in on itself. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.