Re: RARA-AVIS: Alafair Burke

From: Ann Chambers Theis (
Date: 23 Jul 2003

At 09:34 AM 7/23/03 -0700, you wrote:

>Alafair Burke has published her first novel, a mystery
>featuring a female DA in Oregon.

I thought it was a decent first novel/legal thriller. It is moving well in our library system and elsewhere (based on jobber orders). It had a substantial print run for a debut.

Some condensed reviews:

Burke's earnest, fast-paced debut introduces a sharp new crime series revolving around Deputy DA Samantha "Sam" Kincaid, a hip, 30ish lawyer working in Portland's Drug and Vice Division. - PW

Burke, the daughter of the brilliant James Lee Burke, writes with both a clarity and a self-assuredness that belies her first-novelist status. The plot lines are tightly woven, and she adroitly ties things together in the end. This is the first in what should be a popular series - LJ

Stronger subplots and more attention to the development of secondary characters would have helped, but the drama of the main plot should be enough to satisfy most legal-thriller fans. This promising debut augurs well for a successful series; the second Samantha Kincaid novel will appear in spring '04. - Booklist

Competent but routine. - Kirkus

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Ann Chambers Theis, Collection Management Administrator Chesterfield County Public Library, P.O. Box 297 or 9501 Lori Rd. Chesterfield, VA 23832 VOICE: 804-748-1760 FAX: 804-751-4679 E-MAIL:

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