If you don’t know about Lisa Unger, you should. A talented thriller writer, Lisa is also one of the most generous people. While I’m juggling tour, she’s helping me out on my Murderati blogging duties with a thoughtful and thorough Q&A today. We cover her book, DIE FOR YOU (out this weekend in paperback), the effect of place on writing, and her adventures touring with her whole family. Check out the full interview on Murderati, where I’m also raffling off a free copy of the excellent DIE FOR YOU.
From the Hartford Advocate:
“Burke deftly plants mysteries within mysteries, deceptions within deceptions, strong identities within big-city anonymity. Interactions and exchanges happen organically — through strident Web posts or fraught inquiries into unorthodox murders. Burke, like all mystery writers, lives for the coincidences that end up connecting unrelated threads of a detective’s investigation. At the same time, unlike a lot of too-precise crimewriters, she realizes that sometimes a stranger is just a stranger, and that certain tensions are evoked just to set a scene, not necessarily to explode into a major incident. Since she allows for leisure, wrong-turns and exasperation, Burke genuinely keeps the reader guessing.
“Above all, Burke’s work has a hopefulness and optimism — a passion — that’s rare in thrillers. She doesn’t mock the many romantic illusions she conjures up among her characters, especially the victims. She seems genuinely sorry things don’t work out better for these fragile souls, and in the best traditions of detective fiction, she seeks justice.”
And from SmartMoney:
“Alafair Burke’s new novel is an up-to-the-minute thriller that explores love and death in the digital age… [A] classic tale of suspense set in the modern age.”
Makes me want to read this one!
Today’s a day for blogging about the importance of place in writing. At Murderati, I talk about the importance of knowing a city before writing about it. And over at Jen’s Book Thoughts, I dish about some of the real NYC restaurants and bars featured in the Ellie Hatcher series.
P.S. Tonight I’m at Borders in Baileys Crossroads, VA. Hope to see some of you there!
Prefer to listen to your stories? The audio version of 212 is now available at Audible. You can download it here.
New interview online at Jens Jewels blog. She’s also raffling off a free copy of 212.
Congratulations to friend and fellow writer Harlan Coben, whose new thriller CAUGHT is the #1 best selling fiction hardback in the country. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s one of his best.
Harlan was nice enough not only to blurb my latest, 212, but also to do a joint event with me on book tour. Here’s video of the conversation, moderated by Poisoned Pen owner, Barbara Peters. Five parts are here, here, here, here, and here.