Alafair Burke Books In Order

Samantha Kincaid Books In Publication Order

  1. Judgment Calls (2003)
  2. Missing Justice (2004)
  3. Close Case (2005)

Ellie Hatcher Books In Publication Order

  1. Dead Connection (2007)
  2. Angel’s Tip (2008)
  3. 212 (2010)
  4. Never Tell (2012)
  5. All Day and a Night (2014)

Under Suspicion Books In Publication Order

  1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (2014)
  2. The Cinderella Murder (2014)
  3. All Dressed in White (2015)
  4. The Sleeping Beauty Killer (2016)
  5. Every Breath You Take (2017)
  6. You Don’t Own Me (2018)
  7. Piece of My Heart (2020)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Long Gone (2011)
  2. If You Were Here (2013)
  3. The Ex (2016)
  4. Waking Kylie (2017)
  5. The Wife (2018)
  6. The Better Sister (2019)
  7. Find Me (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Winning (2010)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion (2008)
  2. The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (2009)
  3. Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance (2012)
  4. Inherit the Dead (2013)
  5. Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 (2021)

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Alafair Burke Books Overview

Judgment Calls

An apparently simple assault case spirals into a complex web of violence and deception in this bold debut thriller. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid walks into her office in Portland’s Drug and Vice Division one Monday morning to find three police officers waiting for her. A thirteen year old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the city’s outskirts. Given the lack of evidence, most lawyers would settle for an assault charge; Samantha, unnerved by the viciousness of the crime, decides to go for attempted murder. But as she prepares for the trial, she uncovers a dangerous trail leading to an earlier high profile death penalty case, a prostitution ring of underage girls, and a possible serial killer. And she finds her judgement not only in matters of the law but in her personal life called into question. In Samantha Kincaid, Alafair Burke has created a complex, appealing character a woman consumed by a sense of justice, who is tough enough to take on a man’s world. Seamlessly moving between courtroom and criminal investigation, Judgment Calls reveals not only an insider’s knowledge of the justice system but a fresh new voice in the world of crime writing, and the start of a great new series.

Missing Justice

Newly promoted Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid’s first assignment back after a much needed vacation is a hot one: Judge Clarissa Easterbrook has gone missing from a wealthy Portland neighborhood, and Sam has to make the DA look good until the prodigal judge returns. Yet it soon becomes clear that the woman didn’t vanish voluntarily and it’s no surprise when her bludgeoned body turns up at a local construction site.

What is surprising is how quickly a suspect is apprehended while Clarissa’s husband, a prominent surgeon, is cleared of suspicion. It all seems a bit cut and dried to Sam, especially when she discovers that Clarissa was keeping secrets that the city’s elite would prefer to stay hidden.

Now, with each piece of the puzzle she uncovers, Sam is getting closer to the truth and to the wrong side of some very powerful people. It seems Clarissa’s secrets may have caught up to her in the worst of ways. And in her quest to exonerate an innocent man, Sam could be next in line…

Close Case

or Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid’s thirty second birthday, she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene: the elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim: hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport. Tensions in the city have been running high. The previous week, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed mother of two in what he claims was self defense; in the aftermath, protestors have waged increasingly agitated anti police protests. Crenshaw’s death, it seems, is not unrelated: within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of the protests. The case looks straightforward, especially when one of the suspects confesses. But then the man recants, claiming coercive police tactics, and Samantha finds herself digging for more evidence. Following Crenshaw’s steps, her search leads her through an elaborate maze of connections between the city’s drug trade and officers in the bureau’s north precinct.

Dead Connection

In this electrifying thriller, a rookie detective goes undercover on the
Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer targeting single women
in Manhattan
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 First Date, 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 father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer.
When the First Date 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 must find the killer before he claims his next victim-who could very well be her.
Expertly plotted and perfectly paced, Dead Connection advances Alafair Burke to the front ranks of American thriller writers.

Angel’s Tip

In a city full of victims…
it’s hard to choose just one.

Fresh faced Indiana college student Chelsea Hart is so excited to spend the final hours of her spring break in the VIP room of an elite New York City club that she remains behind when her girlfriends call it a night. The next morning, as her concerned friends anxiously pace their hotel lobby, joggers find Chelsea’s body in East River Park, her wavy blond hair brutally hacked off.

NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher catches the case and homes in on the group of privileged men who were last seen plying Chelsea with free flowing alcohol. But before she can even gather the preliminary evidence, the gruesome murder is grabbing headlines and drawing unwanted media attention to the department. So when Ellie builds a tight case against Jake Myers, a young hedge fund manager, the department brass and the district attorney’s office are elated: the case will soon be cleared, the media will tout the department’s quick work, and Ellie will be a dream witness at the trial against Myers.

But Ellie has her doubts. Chelsea’s murder is eerily similar to three other deaths that occurred nearly a decade ago: the victims were young, female, and in each case, the killer had taken her hair as a souvenir.

Ellie’s investigation pulls her into a late night world of exclusive clubs, conspicuous wealth, and hedonistic consumption. And her search for the truth not only pits her against her fellow cops but also places her under the watchful eye of a psychopath eager to add the prideful young female detective to his list.

Wrenching and suspenseful, Angel’s Tip is an electric thriller that offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the glamorous but dangerous world of New York nightlife. This stunning whodunit proves yet again that Alafair Burke ‘knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy’ Entertainment Weekly.


In New York City, Nights Are Dangerous. Days Are Numbered. When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a Web site specializing in campus gossip, she’s taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her there’s nothing they can do. Her friends are sure it’s someone’s idea of a joke, but when Megan is murdered in a vicious attack, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced that the online threats are more than just empty words. With smooth, straight talking partner J. J. Rogan at her side, Ellie tries to identify Megan’s enemies, but she begins to wonder if the coed’s murder was more than just the culmination of a cyber obsession. Phone records reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. 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 another young woman dies. Exposing the darkness that lurks beneath the glamorous surface of New York City, 212 delivers yet another ‘knuckle biting journey that’ll keep you turning pages until the very end’ Faye Kellerman.

Long Gone

After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District. According to Drew Campbell, the well suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award winning and controversial film maker. Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone the space stripped bare as if it had never existed and Drew Campbell s dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice s dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence. The phone number Drew gave her links back to a disposable phone. The artist whose work she displayed doesn t seem to exist. And the dead man she claims is Drew has been identified as someone else. When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing girl, Alice knows she s been set up. Now she has to prove it a dangerous search for answers that will entangle her in a dark, high tech criminal conspiracy and force her to unearth long hidden secrets involving her own family…
secrets that could cost Alice her life.

Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion

Nineteen original stories including a new contribution by New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly about riveting showdowns between cops and criminals.

From Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post Civil War frontier, from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, these gripping stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and women who put themselves in harm’s way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.

In T. Jefferson Parker’s ‘Skinhead Central,’ an ex cop and his wife find unexpected menace in the idyllic setting they have chosen for their retirement. In Alafair Burke’s ‘Winning,’ a female officer who is attacked in the line of duty must protect her own husband from his worst impulses. In Edward D. Hoch’s ‘Friday Night Luck,’ a wanna be cop blows his chance at a spot on the force and breaks his case. In Michael Connelly’s ‘Father’s Day,’ Harry Bosch faces one of his most emotionally trying cases, investigating a young boy’s death.
The magnificent and never before published Connelly story is alone worth the price of admission, and combined with 18 unexpected tales from crime’s modern masters makes this an unmissable collection.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2009

Best selling novelist Jeffrey Deaver edits this latest collection of the genre’s finest from the past year. Featuring ‘gritty tales told with panache,’ this is a ‘must read for anybody who cares about crime stories’ Booklist.

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