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Alafair Burke, American Novelist ( - )

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Hmmm... cooking with wine? I usually drink wine while cooking... I do a good braised short ribs with cabernet, though. We're big red wine drinkers here. All that research showing that it's good for you takes the guilt away.~Alafair Burke


Good Wine Cooking

There are writers out there who say they're writing a second series, and then you pick it up and it feels exactly the same, only the lead character is blonde instead of brunette.~Alafair Burke


Character Writing You

Before we condemn the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, we should remember that they were asked to do something extraordinary. They were asked to listen to the facts and apply the law to the best of their ability in a case the world was watching.~Alafair Burke


Best Law World

Teaching does allow me to keep one foot in the youthful waters I tend to occupy in my novels, so I'm thankful for that. My students also remind me on a daily basis that the stories I collected during my district attorney days are actually interesting to people who haven't had that experience.~Alafair Burke


Thankful Experience Daily

According to FBI statistics for 2008, only 22 percent of murder victims were killed by strangers. More than 30 percent were slain by family members, boyfriends, and girlfriends. Nearly half of all murders were committed by friends, neighbors, and casual acquaintances.~Alafair Burke


Family Friends Statistics

I find myself more and more behind these days. You have to be really diligent. I don't have kids, which helps. I'm always working on something, whether a book, or a law review article that no one will ever read, or teaching. It pretty much means I work a lot, but it's all stuff I love.~Alafair Burke


Love Work Myself

The best crime novels are all based on people keeping secrets. All lying - you may think a lie is harmless, but you put them all together and there's a calamity.~Alafair Burke


Best May Together

Moving to New York made all the difference in my creating this new series with Ellie Hatcher. I love Portland, and it's always going to be one of my favorite cities, but it was getting to the point where, after I'd moved to New York, I couldn't write as specifically about Portland any more.~Alafair Burke


Love Moving Favorite

In our system, we leave questions of fact to a jury. But to render a verdict, a jury must know the law. For this, we rely upon jury instructions. Instructions are supposed to translate the law into lay terms that the jury can apply to the facts as they determine them.~Alafair Burke


Law Questions Know

Just as I know the usual rules of law enforcement, I also know the exceptions and invoke those frequently. I don't feel a need to bog the reader down with an explanation of why the procedures are realistic, as long as I know that there is, in fact, an explanation.~Alafair Burke


Law Law Enforcement Rules

Letterman, despite whatever idiotic (or worse?) things he may have done with women on his staff, was wise enough to realize that silence isn't permanent and peace of mind can't be bought.~Alafair Burke


Women Peace Silence

I was downright obnoxious. In second grade, we had some program where we kept a public list of all the books we read. I think it even included the number of pages. In my nerdy mind, having the longest and most impressive list was somehow going to make up for the fact that I couldn't climb a rope or do a backwards summersault in PE.~Alafair Burke


Mind Climb Think

Nothing worse than reading a love scene written by your father.~Alafair Burke


Love Father Reading

Anyone who was tempted to draw comparisons between my father's 'Dave Robicheaux' series and my first book quickly gave up.~Alafair Burke


Father Book Up

I've learned to accept the fact that my students are far too busy preparing for their own legal careers to care one bit about the off-campus antics of Professor Burke. I get the impression that my students are vaguely aware of my novels, but are at best mildly curious.~Alafair Burke


Best Busy Legal

Jesse James's next tattoo should be a warning label: Danger. Loving this man could break you.~Alafair Burke


Man You Loving

Now that I think about it, maybe my own literary exploration of the dark secrets held by families could be traced back to V.C. Andrews.~Alafair Burke


Dark Secrets Think

I was the weirdest kid: I wanted to see the police file - in grade school! I was convinced I could crack the case if I just had that file.~Alafair Burke


School Police See