A short note from book tour. Here I am chattin’ it up on Portland’s AM Northwest. (Highlight: Double and Frannie get airtime!)
A short note from book tour. Here I am chattin’ it up on Portland’s AM Northwest. (Highlight: Double and Frannie get airtime!)
My tenth novel, ALL DAY AND A NIGHT, will be out on June 10 (July 3 in the UK). That means it’s time for me to beg, scold, and bribe you to place your pre-orders before the hordes of rioting readers gather outside your favorite bookstore and take all the copies away.
“But how do I know I’ll even like ALL DAY AND A NIGHT?”
ALL DAY AND A NIGHT is the fifth book in the Ellie Hatcher series. And if you don’t trust me that it’s good, maybe you’ll trust these people:
“I’ve been a fan of Alafair Burke from the very beginning and, ten books in, she just keeps surprising me.” –Michael Connelly
“All Day and a Night is Burke at her finest: razor-sharp twists, stunning surprises and artfully drawn characters. The insider’s view of criminal prosecution is masterfully wrought and as usual, Burke makes you feel like you’re riding along with the detectives in the back of their unmarked car. You won’t want to miss this one.” -Karin Slaughter
“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 Abbott
“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
“This isn’t just another oops-maybe-he’s-not the-real-killer novel; Burke deftly merges Ellie’s, Carrie’s, and Amaro’s stories into a multifaceted portrait of unconditional love with thriller pacing and plenty of solid investigative detail. Perfect for Laura Lippman fans.” –Booklist
“Gripping…a propulsive thriller.” -Publishers Weekly
“Okay, it’s a Hatcher book with a bunch of good reviews. But what’s it about?”
You mean you don’t want the plot to be a surprise? Okay, here’s the short version: When the murder of a Brooklyn psychotherapist bears a signature linked to convicted serial killer Anthony Amaro, Amaro brings a wrongful conviction suit, asking to be released.
NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the “fresh look” team, charged with reinvestigating the case against Amaro.
Representing Amaro is a hardcharging celebrity lawyer who enlists a young associated named Carrie Blank to assist. Carrie has a reason to be interested. Her older sister, Donna, was one of Amaro’s victims. Determined to force the government to catch Donna’s real killer, Carrie joins Amaro’s wrongful conviction team with her own agenda.
As the NYPD and Amaro’s lawyers search for certainty among conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie’s hometown, where secrets buried long ago lead to a brutal attack—one that makes it terrifyingly clear that someone has gotten too close to the truth.
Sounds pretty intriguing, right?
Nope, I want to know more. Can’t I read some of it before I commit?
Wow, you’re really going to make me work for this, aren’t you? Yes, you can read the beginning of ALL DAY AND A NIGHT for free, online, right now. Just click here.
Fine. I do want to read ALL DAY AND A NIGHT, but why should I pre-order?
Pre-orders build momentum by signaling to both retailers and the publisher the level of an author’s support from readers. Pre-orders also count toward the all-important first week of sales, which can affect placement in stores and coverage by media. I wouldn’t ask (beg, scold, bribe) if it didn’t matter!
Did you say bribe?
You betcha. I’ll be giving cool loot to three lucky pre-orderers. See the details here.
So where exactly do I pre-order a copy?
Fine, enough about the book already. I hear you got a new dog!
Yes! We welcomed this beautiful babe into our home this spring. Her name is Frannie, and she and Double are best buddies. Sign up for the newsletter; the next edition will be devoted to the tale of how she went from living on a beach in Anguilla to being a part of our family.
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.
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.
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.
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 😎
“Responsibilities, as well as rights, enhance the dignity and integrity of the person” – United States v. Windsor
Today we are one step closer to rights, responsibilities, dignity, and integrity for all.
I had a terrific time talking about IF YOU WERE HERE, standalones v. series, lawyers and journalists, Gillian Flynn and Lisa Unger, the Amazing Race, marriage, and a bunch of other cool stuff with the wonderful Book Show at WABC. You can listen to the entire interview here. (It’s 25 minutes, so it would make a good companion during a dog walk, workout, chores, or car ride. Let me know where you listen to it!)
The lovely people at AM Northwest on KATU in Portland were kind enough to talk to me about IF YOU WERE HERE. I’m not sure which was more TMI: chatting away about how my husband influenced the book, or begging to be on The Amazing Race. You decide. Watch the video here.
Happy Pub Day to Me, Happy Pub Day to Me….Sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, of course. But for pub day, I wanted to talk about nine other songs that comprise the official playlist for IF YOU WERE HERE.
The A side of the album (yes, I still think in vinyl) give you five songs that form the title of the novel and four of its parts. All of these songs, to me, capture the mood of the novel. They also each have lyrics that connect to the story.
Thompson Twins – If You Were Here: The title of the novel. As McKenna Jordan searches for her missing friend Susan Hauptmann, she thinks about the decisions they both made ten years ago and how they affect the present. “If You Were Here” reflects a question McKenna repeatedly finds herself asking: What if life had unfolded differently for both of them? I was on the fence about the title because it had previously been used by the wonderful Jen Lancaster, but when the song came on the radio as I was pulling out of my garage, I decided it was a sign.
Tears For Fears – Mad World: “All around me are familiar faces.” Literally, this is a reference to the early chapters of the novel, when McKenna believes she recognizes Susan’s familiar face. But the song goes on to say that the person watching those familiar faces feels like an outsider. This is a song for Susan.
Tori Amos – Northern Lad: “Girls you’ve got to know when it’s time to turn the page, when you’re only wet because of the rain.” This is a song about moving on and putting the past behind.
Kate Bush – Head’s Were Dancing: “There was a picture of you, A picture of you ‘cross the front page, It looked just like you, just like you in every way. But it couldn’t be true. It couldn’t be true. You stepped out of a stranger.” McKenna doesn’t know whom she can trust.
Feist – Past In Present: “So much present inside my present, Inside my present so…so much past.” McKenna’s present search for Susan pulls her into the past, and the past has determined her present.
The B side are fun songs referenced along the way.
RUN-DMC – It’s Like That: In the opening chapter, Nicky Cervantes runs through the Times Square subway station and passes a group of break dancers performing to Run DMC. Though naming the specific song would have been too intrusive, this is the song!
P!nk – Get The Party Started: When McKenna writes a book chapter about the first time she met her husband Patrick through their mutual friend Susan, she says it was the year everyone was getting the party started with Pink. I remember how ubiquitous this song was when I first moved to New York. It was the kind of song that made me feel young and fun and reckless.
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin And Juice
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s DelightThese are Susan’s go-to hip-hop songs when she’s more than a little tipsy. They’re also just great songs.
Here’s a Spotify link to the full soundtrack. Hope you enjoy the playlist, and I really hope you enjoy IF YOU WERE HERE.
Only one more day until IF YOU WERE HERE drops, as the cool kids (used to) say. I finished the book months ago, and now is the time when I’m along for the ride.
The first official signing will be at tonight’s pre-publication event in Tribeca, and then I’ll be hitting the road. (Full calendar here, including a list of excellent bookstores that will mail you a signed copy.) If I can’t see you in person, I hope you’ll drop by GoodReads on June 11, when I’ll be doing an on-line discussion.
You also still have one more day to enter the early-reader raffle for IF YOU WERE HERE. I will send THREE lucky readers a custom tote bag, designed by me and filled with signed books. ONE of those lucky readers will also get to NAME A CHARACTER IN THE NEXT ELLIE HATCHER NOVEL!
Entering is easy. Just pre-order a copy of IF YOU WERE HERE, in any format, from any retailer, and then fill out this handy-dandy form.
You can read more about IF YOU WERE HERE on the website.
Finally, in Double news, he and I have been in a battle of wills over his continued presence on the sofa. Though I’ve never once caught him there in the act, he underestimates my powers of deducation by leaving behind a layer of telltale white fur, a trail of disrupted cushions, and, one time, a gently nibbled flip-flop.
This weekend, I upped my game by booby-trapping the sofa with soda cans filled with pennies. This is what happened when I left Double alone in the apartment. You are welcome.
Don’t forget to fill out this pre-order form to be entered into a raffle for cool loot!
“Outstanding…Burke’s accuracy in legal and judicial technicalities is impressive although most readers will find simpler pleasures in her sharp writing, well-constructed plot, and dimensional characters.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“IF YOU WERE HERE is a winner: a suspenseful, tightly plotted story of friendship, lies, and betrayal. Alafair Burke writes deftly about secrets buried close to home. An accomplished novel by an assured author.” —Meg Gardiner
“After finishing IF YOU WERE HERE, I don’t feel I can trust anyone ever again, except Alafair Burke to provide a cracking good read.” —Linwood Barclay
“Exciting….Lawyer turned-journalist McKenna finds her life turned upside down when she recognizes a friend from her college years who disappeared without a trace a decade before on a video of a near-tragedy on the subway….Will engage [Burke’s] growing audience.” —Booklist
“Burke’s first class adventure has murder and mayhem wrapped up in an intricate, innovative plot….Character development is stellar and the guilty party will keep readers guessing until the end.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ starred review
“Burke is one of the more talented crime writers working today.” —Pittsburgh Tribune (a summer book pick)
“Her new standalone delivers a cleverly nuanced plot that will keep the pages turning. Her smart writing is fast-paced and engaging, and this book should appeal to most mystery readers, especially those looking for compelling, intelligent story lines.” —Library Journal