New Ellie Hatcher Novel

Mark your calendars: the new Ellie Hatcher novel, ALL DAY AND A NIGHT, will be out June 10 in the US and July 3 in the UK.

All Day and A NightWhat’s it about, you ask?

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 body carried 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.

I won’t tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that on the back of the book, you’ll see these nice words,written by some people you may have heard of:

“I’ve been a fan of Alafair Burke from the very beginning and, ten books in, she just keeps surprising me.” —Michael Connelly

“Spring loaded and razor sharp, All Day and a Night is a surprising and compelling thriller. But Alafair Burke has given us something more gripping than just a crime novel. Her story is about women, their drive, their compassion, and their public and private battles for success and acceptance.” —Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

“A masterfully plotted, psychologically complex thriller, Alafair Burke’s All Day and a Night raises larger questions about the choices we make, the mistakes we can’t undo. Whip-smart and emotionally deft, it delivers all the way through its final pages.” —Megan Abbot, author of Dare Me

Please help me get the book off to a good start by pre-ordering your copy now.  Your early support is so appreciated.

Amazon selects IF YOU WERE HERE as a best book of 2013…Wait, it’s that time of year already?

Yesterday I opened an email from my editor informing me that Amazon had selected my novel, IF YOU WERE HERE, as one of the twenty best crime novels of 2013.  My immediate reaction was, “Wheeee!  That’s awesome.”

But the moment the happy dance ended, I thought, “Wait, it’s November?  It’s almost the end of the year?  Girl, you better get back to work!”

As thankful as I was — and am — for the tremendous support Amazon and others have shown IF YOU WERE HERE, the realization that it is almost 2014 made the celebration short lived.  Why?  Because I never want to be a writer who thinks my best work is in the past.  I don’t want to be that writer who’s out on the speaking circuit, taking paid gigs to talk about a book written years earlier.  I want to be the writer who writes everyday and is always thinking about the next story.

So thank you so very, very much Amazon for including my work on this incredible list, next to some of my favorite authors.  (See the full list here; it really is a terrific collection.)  But what I’m really looking forward to is sending you a copy of ALL DAY AND A NIGHT, the next Ellie Hatcher novel, which I’m polishing up right now.  I hope you think it’s even better.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The wonderfully talented Michael Connelly not only writes tremendous crime fiction, but also throws a wicked baseball.  He threw out the ceremonial first pitch at this week’s Yankees/Angels match-up.  The city of Harry Bosch might not approve, but the Yankees won!

I was lucky enough to be there to celebrate the occasion with some other writers you might recognize.  I hear they’re pretty good 8-)

Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Michael Koryta, Lee Child, and some lady who writes books

Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Michael Koryta, Lee Child, and some lady who writes books