- Last Updated: 12:22 AM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 12:04 AM, June 24, 2012
Like her best-selling thriller “Long Gone,” Alafair Burke’s latest, “Never Tell,” is set in Manhattan, land of privileged preppies and desperate street kids. But Burke — who named her heroine, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, after her mother-in-law — grew up in a very different world: Wichita, Kan., where a serial killer named BTK was making his bloody mark. “I made the mistake of writing to his defense lawyers about arranging an interview,” Burke recalls. “I should have known they’d pass the letter on to their client. When I received his handwritten response, I felt sick to my stomach.” Rather than write about him, Burke used the case and its impact on her town as part of her heroine’s back story. Here’s what’s in her library.
by Megan Abbott
At a Mystery Writers of America meeting, Laura Lippman was asked, “Whose career would you like to have other than your own?” “Megan Abbot,” she said. “Dare Me” is going to earn Megan the recognition she deserves. It’s the story of two cheerleaders and a new coach who disrupts the accepted pack order.
by Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger and I met about four years ago. She was such a cheerful, happy person, I wondered what kind of crime fiction she would be writing. Turns out she’s carrying around some pretty dark thoughts . . . This might be my favorite. She builds tremendous suspense in telling the stories of four generations of a family drawn over and over again to an island.
A is for Alibi
by Sue Grafton
As long as I have known how to read, I have loved the puzzle-solving component of mysteries. But it wasn’t until I met Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone that I experienced the pure joy of having the puzzle solved by a person who seemed a lot like me.
by Diablo Cody
A memoir depicting a year in the life of a stripper isn’t my usual bag. But once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It wasn’t the subject I found appealing — it was the voice. It’s that thing every writer hopes for: a unique voice that resonates on the page. Cody’s now a fancy, famous screenwriter (“Juno”), but I found her early in this sweet little stripper book.Follow @NYPostOpinion