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"Superb.... Equal measures superlative mystery and crack courtroom thriller reminiscent of the great John Lescroart or the William Diehl classic "Primal Fear." We literally never know what's coming next. . . a wholly satisfying and brilliantly constructed whiz bang of a tale." — Providence Journal

In this breakout standalone novel of suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, a woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder—but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night's party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That's when Jack's world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife's murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

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"Superb.... Equal measures superlative mystery and crack courtroom thriller reminiscent of the great John Lescroart or the William Diehl classic "Primal Fear." We literally never know what's coming next. . . a wholly satisfying and brilliantly constructed whiz bang of a tale." — Providence Journal

In this breakout standalone novel of suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, a woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder—but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night's party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That's when Jack's world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife's murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

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        "Riveting." — Entertainment Weekly

        "Burke tells a compelling legal thriller that will have readers baffled until the final reveal.... Burke knows how to write, and Olivia Randall is one of her most authentic characters. No one would object if this is the start of a new series." — Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

        "Intriguing, suspenseful, compelling, insightful, surprising, and thoroughly satisfying — The Ex is a great read." — Chris Pavone, The Accident and The Expats

        "Strong characters and a plot that's handled deftly, despite its complexities, show Burke at the top of her game here. This is a compelling legal thriller with a strong emotional component grounded in a solid rational base, with a final twist to boot." — Library Journal, starred review

        "Riveting.... Burke's protagonist, Olivia Randall, is a complicated woman with legal skills to match the Lincoln Lawyer.... Olivia proves she's at the top of her game as a criminal defense attorney. And with her pacey plot and fascinating characters, Burke proves she's at the top of hers." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

        "With an all-too-real mass shooting in a richly-observed Manhattan as its springboard, The Ex is an expertly crafted, intricately woven novel that is as emotionally complex as it is riveting." — Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her

        "Enjoyable.... There's a great and satisfying surprise.... Worth the time." — USA Today, three stars

        "Features smooth, engaging writing; a sharp, funny edge; and characters worth investing in. Burke has created some memorable female protagonists over the years, but Olivia might be the cream of the crop." — Kirkus

        "Gripping.... Olivia makes an appealingly bold protagonist.... Burke keeps the suspense high throughout, prying open mysteries of relationships and perception." — Publishers Weekly

        "Briskly told and packed with plot, The Ex rocks. . . . A nifty bit of fine suspense." — New York Journal of Books

        "Superb.... Equal measures superlative mystery and crack courtroom thriller reminiscent of the great John Lescroart or the William Diehl classic "Primal Fear." We literally never know what's coming next, putty in Burke's devilishly adept hands as she shapes a wholly satisfying and brilliantly constructed whiz bang of a tale." — Providence Journal

        "A deeply wrought, emotional story that transcends the crime at its core. This is perhaps her best work to date." — Strand

        "This thought-provoking novel is brilliantly crafted, with a compelling and complex plot." — Bookreporter.com

        "Burke's female characters are always very involving, with big, strong voices." — Gillian Flynn

        "A major talent." — Harlan Coben

        "Burke's novels always deliver and constantly surprise. They're both addictive and utterly rewarding." — Megan Abbott

        "Superb.... Burke delivers a multi-layered plot that explores relationships and manipulation in a rich character study.... Anyone who has a former boyfriend—or girlfriend—will be able to relate to Olivia's situation.... "The Ex" doesn't let up until the final, believable twist." — Florida...

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        Near the start of bestseller Burke’s gripping standalone, New York City DA Olivia Randall receives a desperate phone call from the school-age daughter of her ex-fiancé, Jack Harris, whose wife, Molly, was killed in a mass shooting three years earlier at Manhattan’s Penn Station. Jack has now been implicated in a triple murder—one of the victims was partly responsible for Molly’s death—and his only defense is his flimsy claim that at the time he had an assignation with a mysterious woman he first saw drinking champagne and reading a book on a Hudson River pier. As Olivia sets out to clear his name, she begins to wonder whether Jack is not the devoted, kind, and decent man she remembers. Internally conflicted but outwardly brash, Olivia makes an appealingly bold protagonist, and while the final twist may disappoint some readers, Burke (If I Were You) keeps the suspense high throughout, prying open mysteries of relationships and perception. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip Spitzer Literary Agency.

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        Twenty years ago, Olivia Randall broke up with fiance Jack Harris, hurting him beyond measure. Now that Randall is a top New York City defense attorney, she has a chance to atone--by saving him when he's accused of murder. Most of the evidence against Jack seems circumstantial: he was, admittedly, in the area where the shootings occurred, with a fanciful alibi that he was to meet a woman he'd seen at a glance, then connected with online. But one of the victims, Malcolm Neely, is the father of a disturbed teenager, Todd Neely, who three years earlier killed 13 people, including Jack's wife. Malcolm had repeatedly refused to get his son the help he needed. Then there was the gunshot residue on Jack's shirt, plus the implied threat he made toward Malcolm. In her third stand-alone thriller (after Long Gone and If You Were Here), Burke details the pain of the Olivia-Jack breakup gradually, as the attorney loses trust slowly in her client. VERDICT Strong characters and a plot that's handled deftly, despite its complexities, show Burke at the top of her game here. This is a compelling legal thriller with a strong emotional component grounded in a solid rational base, with a final twist to boot. [See Prepub Alert, 7/27/15; see also a profile of Burke on p. 97.--Ed.]--Michele Leber, Arlington, VA

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Widower Jack Harris is reminded of a past love when he spots a young woman in the park enjoying a champagne picnic. The upshot? He finds himself appealing to top criminal defense lawyer Olivia Randall, his former, regretful fiancee, saying that he's been framed for a triple murder. But was he? Proclaimed Burke's breakout at Day of Dialog by Harper VP and executive editor Jennifer Barth.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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In this breakout standalone novel of suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, a woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder—but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night's party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything...

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