Crime Fiction Masters: Family Secrets and Misunderstood Women

Monday July 8, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


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Join us as we begin a week of events with crime fiction writers. Celebrated authors (and friends) Alison Gaylin and Alafair Burke both explore the themes of misunderstood women and dark family secrets in their new books. In their conversation, they will talk about taking these universal themes to the extreme through the twisty paths of narrative fiction.




In Alison Gaylin’s Never Look Back, twentysomething podcast producer Quentin Garrison dives into the past to research a series of murders that happened 40 years prior. For thirteen days in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California’s Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire... or did they? After a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive.


How well do we really know our parents, our siblings, our partners—and ourselves? In The Better Sister from Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wife—comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resentments . . . but can they escape their past?




USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar four times. She most recently won the 2019 Edgar Award in the paperback original category for If I Die Tonight. She has also won the Shamus and RT Reviewers Choice awards, and has been nominated for the Anthony, ITW Thriller and Strand Book Awards. Her books are published in several countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Romania and the Netherlands. She lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York. You can follow Alison on Twitter @alisongaylin and learn more at

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent novels include The Wife and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also co-authors the bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.