Author Alafair Burke, former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, and criminal law professor at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, reveals the inner workings of the Justice system in Portland, Oregon, in her series of novels with heroine ADA Samantha Kincaid.
Truthfully, I picked up her first crime novel, Judgement Calls, when I saw her name on the cover, a name made famous by her father’s, James Lee Burke, invented adopted daughter in his best-selling series of Dave Robicheaux crime novels based in New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana.
Alafair doesn’t disappoint, her books are unique. She takes you inside a world she knows very well, the Portland, Oregon, justice system. In this Close Case, the obvious, usual suspects are all the wrong ones even the less-than-innocent ones that confess.
Conflicts of interest in the personal and professional relations between heroine Assistant District Attorney Samantha Kincaid and her boyfriend, a Portland police detective, complicate investigations into the murder of a popular newspaper reporter.
More die before the insidious tentacles of corruption that extend into the police department can be shut down by the efforts of Samantha and the Internal Affairs Division.
If you like crime or mystery series, you’ll like Alafair’s books. She just keeps getting better. Though she writes in the first person her books are different than her father’s books. I eagerly await her next book, Dead Connection, coming out Summer 2007.
You can find her books, including her first Judgement Calls and her second Missing Justice with news of her upcoming book on her website with links to your favorite stores, at