I blog at the Houston Chronicle through Murder by the Book today about why I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Houston stop on book tour. Read the post here.
Watch a short video here, shot during a stock signing at Mysterious Books in NYC, on the origins of Ellie Hatcher.
If you’ve started reading 212, you might have figured out that elements of the story explore the power of love, to inspire, to heal, and to harm. With those ideas at the forefront of my mind during book tour, I decided to weigh in on the Sandra Bullock/ Jesse James saga, and you might be surprised at what I have to say. Why Sandra Bullock Might Stay, posted today at Huffington Post and tomorrow in a longer version at Murderati.
I officially hit the road this weekend. After kicking off the 212 launch on Wednesday in NYC (which I’m now calling “the 212”), I had a lovely event with a supportive full house at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA. I was tempted to talk smack about Ben Roethlisberger, but decided I wanted to get out of Pittsburgh alive and perhaps even sell a few books.
Here are a few pictures from the launch and from Pennsylvania. Up this week: Houston, Phoenix (with Harlan Coben), Seattle, and Portland. Please see the calendar for full details of all events through spring. You can follow the tour day by day by following me on Facebook.
I’m always happy to get a review, especially when it’s good, but I was delighted to discovery today that author Katherine Dunn (Geek Love) reviewed 212 as a special contribution to the Oregonian. And she liked it:
Burke’s prose is clear and fast, and every move by investigators and officers of the court is the real deal. She explores genuine contemporary questions in a revealing and thoughtful way. … “212” is engineered to wring double-whammy suspense out of credible peril.
Reed the full review here.
212 officially hits shelves today. This is the sixth time I’ll see a new book of mine in stores, and I still get all tingly. If I’m lucky enough to get to book number sixty, I hope you’ll all kick my butt if I ever stop appreciating the opportunity to share my stories with you. I hope you enjoy 212.
In a nice start to the morning, the Associated Press has wonderful things to say about the book:
The plot is pleasingly complex, with multiple suspects and surprising twists. The characters are richly drawn, and Burke’s prose is as precise as the Glock pistol that Ellie carries…. The book is a page-turner, but Burke has more than entertainment in mind. This third novel in the Ellie Hatcher series explores culture clash between the superrich and the rest of us, considers the societal cost of the increasing commercialization of sex, and explores computer technology both as a source of mischief and as a tool for criminals and the public servants who investigate them.
More than that, “212” is a story about love — what it looks like at its best and its worst and how it seduces people into behaving in ways that are both noble and abhorrent.Read more here.
Only 36 hours left to claim your free mystery gift with all pre-orders of my new “white-knuckle thriller,”* 212.
To thank you for your early support, I will send you a mystery gift for every hardback copy of 212 that you purchase prior to midnight on Monday, March 22. You can find many of your favorite booksellers here or here to order. Just e-mail a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the gift, you ask? Like all good mysteries, this one comes with clues. It’s small but special, I designed it myself, and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it. It’s also my way to say thank you for once again supporting me and for telling your friends about my books. I know that without you guys, I’d be toast in this cold, dark world.
Learn more about 212, read an excerpt and early reviews, and watch the video trailer here.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has only good things to say about 212:
Alafair’s Burke’s “212” is a smart take on the thriller genre, with the author nimbly juggling multiple plot elements including techno stalking and powerful men entangled in sex scandals. But what’s best about the Burke’s work is her characters. Notably, NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is a fresh riff on the troubled detective: brainy but vulnerable and refreshingly open about her failings.
Read the interview that accompanies the review here.
The 212 tour will include not only physical stops to bookstores across the country, but also online events. Please join me for my FIRST live web stream this Monday, March 22, from 9:00-9:30 PM EST. Thanks to a website called Ustream, my bulbous noggin will be filling computer screens worldwide, allowing me to answer your questions live, no matter where you live.
I hope to “see” many of you there. Please mark your calendars! All you have to do is open this link on your computer this Monday at 9 PM EST/ 6 PM PT. Ustream allows viewers to type their comments and questions live during the program, Ustream allows viewers to type their comments and questions live during the program, but if you have questions you want me to answer, please post them here, and I’ll answer them live during our chat on Monday.
This will be the first time I’ve tried ustream, and hopefully it won’t be the last. If we pull off a fun event, I’ll feel very modern and web-savvy. And, well, if no one shows, I’ll officially be one of those sad lonely internet people talking to herself in front of a webcam.
I am interviewed over at Blog Critics. Topics range from sexual secrecy to internet crime to writing about New York City. Read the full interview here.