Novelist Alafair Burke

Former Portlander and Reed College grad Alafair Burke joined us to talk about her seventh book and first standalone thriller.  Drawing on her experience as a prosecutor and police advisor, Burke's previous work has introduced readers to NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid.  Long Gone brings the same authenticity, timeliness, and suspense as her series novels, but with this new one Burke moves away from writing from the perspective of a cop or prosecutor and instead writes in the voice of a woman caught on the wrong side of law enforcement’s attentions. 

Here's the plot of Long Gone:  "After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District. Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone—the space stripped bare as if it had never existed—and a dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice's dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence."   

  • Book Signing & Talk
  • Sunday, June 26 at 7:30pm
  • Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland

For more information, visit Alafair's website.


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