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I learned more about policing in my first month at that precinct than Id learned my entire time at the D. Theres no question its helping me write about policing with authenticity. I wanted a change in both the geographic and procedural setting.
I started writing right after I moved from Portland, Oregon, and I set my first books there as a way of dealing with being homesick.
My heart and thoughts are here now, and I wanted my writing to reflect that.A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke is a professor at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.The daughter of acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke, she graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, completed a judicial clerkship with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and serves as a legal and trial commentator for various radio and television programs.But trust me, if anyone emails saying, why did the cops get to do x without a warrant, I do have an answer, even if I dont put all the details on the page anymore. Im working on the next Ellie Hatcher book now, in fact.I originally thought DEAD CONNECTION would be a standalone, but realized when I finished the last chapter that she has a lot of stories left in her.