It’s nice to know people are still reading 212. Today, a new review from the Chicago-Sun Times. I choose to believe it’s a good one: “This has an urgent tone and a pell-mell pace, and I totally believe that Burke has been inside the system and knows its quirks. …[H]er storytelling is clean and unbothered by pretensions.” Read the review here.
The Hartford Examiner has a Q & A with yours truly, along with a chance to win a copy of 212. Read the complete piece here.
“Burke’s new outing featuring this young female detective quickly proves to be better than anything Burke has put out before. Actually, her realistic dialogue, her detailed descriptions of New York City’s vivacious vibe and pulse, and her ability to provide unending suspense makes this one of the year’s best across the board. This is simply how a police procedural should be done … Full of dirty secrets and the repercussions that result when trying to hide them, this comes highly recommended as a nonstop tale of suspense that races without pause to its satisfying ending.” – New Mystery Reader
“There is more than one murder in ‘212’ and Burke heightens the suspense- and poignance- by making the victims as three dimensional as the other characters.” – Connecticut Post
“Alafair Burke has been writing thrillers for many years, but she has outdone herself with the heart-pounding 212…Set aside a few hours, and prepare for your neck hairs to stand on end.” – Bookreporter
“Do yourself a favor and read 212. You will not be disappointed.” – Mysteries Galore
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!
Prefer to listen to your stories? The audio version of 212 is now available at Audible. You can download it here.
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.
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.
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.