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February 10, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Crime Novelist Alafair Burke at the Library

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A talk by the NY Times bestselling author of crime thrillers.

Alafair Burke will give a talk about her transition from Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon to New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels; how she develops story ideas; and her latest book, “The Wife.” This psychological thriller was selected as a best-of-the-month pick by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, and O (Oprah Magazine). Burke has been hired by Amazon Studios to write the screenplay adaptation for a feature film. 

Burke has been praised as “a genius for plot” (Oprah Magazine) and “a virtuoso” of domestic suspense (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Her novel “The Ex” was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. In addition to her own works, she co-authors the “Under Suspicion” series with “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark.

Alafair Burke traces her lifelong fascination with crime to the fact that a serial killer was active in her hometown during her formative years. In a world where the killer could be anyone, and where an arrest appeared hopeless, she found comfort in crime fiction. Her mother, a school librarian, helped her navigate her way from Encyclopedia Brown to Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie and eventually to Sue Grafton. In the books, as opposed to real life, smart sleuthing always paid off, and order was always restored.

Burke’s interest in crime led to a career in police precincts and criminal courtrooms. After graduating from Reed College and Stanford Law School and clerking for a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Burke served as a Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, where she specialized in domestic violence offenses and also served as a liaison to the police department. Although she no longer practices law, she remains a tenured member of the faculty at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.  Her legal scholarship focuses on the discretionary decisions of prosecutors and police, and she frequently serves as a legal commentator for the media.