Burke Jumps to HarperCollins

In good, though not all that surprising news:

Author of Dead Connection, Alafair Burke’s LAST CALL, continuing with Detective Ellie Hatcher, pitting her against a serial killer targeting the Manhattan bar scene, moving with

Jennifer Barth to Harper, in a significant deal, for two books, for

publication beginning in fall 2008, by Philip Spitzer at Philip Spitzer

Literary Agency (world, excl. UK).

I thought DEAD CONNECTION was a good step forward for Burke and nice to see the series continue. And since Barth bought Burke’s books from the getgo, it’s not all that surprising there would be a publishing house move – though it is a pretty serious blow for Holt, who now lack a major female thriller writer in their stable. Wonder who will take that place, if at all?