Although she momentarily flirted with the idea of becoming an entertainment lawyer so she could make deals at the Palm and get tickets to the Oscars, she eventually realized she had watched Robert Altman’s “The Player” one too many times, and instead decided to pursue criminal law after spending a semester in an externship with the U. As a prosecutor, Alafair worked primarily in two positions, as a trial lawyer prosecuting domestic violence offenses and as a liaison to the police department, where she worked directly out of the police precinct, trained officers in search and seizure, and wore a Kevlar vest for night-shift ride alongs.
After five years of working at the District Attorney’s Office, Alafair was ready to marry her love of crime fiction with the stories and knowledge she had gathered as a prosecutor.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Alafair “is a terrific web spinner” who “knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy.” A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.
Her novels have been praised by some of the world’s most respected crime writers, including Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, William Landay, Nelson De Mille, Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Scottoline, and Lisa Unger.
She was also ready to write about the criminal justice system from a police officer’s perspective, putting to use the first-hand experience she had gathered working out of a precinct.