Books by Jan Burke

Jan Burke is an Edgar-winning writer of novels and short stories. Her mystery series, featuring Southern California newspaper reporter Irene Kelly, includes Goodnight, Irene; Sweet Dreams, Irene; Dear Irene,; Remember Me, Irene; Hocus; Liar; and Bones. Fl


DISTURBANCE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 21, 2011

"Even Burke, accomplished thrillermeister that she is (The Messenger, 2008, etc.), can't get blood from a stone, or wring a nuance from your basic, warmed-over serial killer, a prototype well past its sell date. Her next will be better."
A brood of serial killers makes a family business out of stalking reporter Irene Kelly. Read full book review >
THE MESSENGER by Jan Burke
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sudsy and unpersuasive. Fans of Burke's justly admired Irene Kelly series (Kidnapped, 2006, etc.) may follow Adrian in demanding a renegotiation."
Almost two centuries after he started doing the dreary work of the Messenger, Tyler Hawthorne finds himself stalked by the Faustian no-good who baited him into it. Read full book review >
BLOODLINES by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Irene is lively and smart, but this feast of nearly 500 pages is like three generations of clogged arteries. "
After a two-volume hiatus, Burke brings back reporter Irene Kelly (Nine, 2002, etc.) to untangle the strands of a 40-year-old web. Read full book review >
NINE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

Although the public cheers on the vigilantes who have splashily eliminated several of the miscreants on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, Alex Brandon, a homicide detective with the LA Sheriff's Department, isn't quite so comfortable with their efforts. Read full book review >

EIGHTEEN by Jan Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Doubling the stakes from her current dark thriller Nine (see below), the title enumerates Burke's complete short stories since 1993. Read full book review >

FLIGHT by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2001

Detective Phil Lefebvre was a good enough cop, but distinctly unpopular around the Las Piernas (Calif.) Read full book review >

BONES by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Nicky Parrish is one bad boy. Read full book review >

LIAR by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 1998

Who's buried in the grave Irene Kelly's sister Barbara had already picked out for herself in the family plot? Read full book review >

HOCUS by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1997

The pranks of a group of misfits calling themselves Hocus—they've tapped into computer systems and given the citizens of Las Piernas, California, amnesty from parking tickets and library fines—begin to escalate when they free scores of dogs and cats from an animal shelter and kill the keeper. Read full book review >

REMEMBER ME, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

Old masters of the classic mystery knew how an enigmatic central character can focus tension and raise the stakes. Read full book review >

DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p. 19, etc.), whom he calls Cassandra, obliquely prophesying a series of murders—and then making good on every prophecy. Read full book review >

SWEET DREAMS, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

A second high-profile case for Las Piernas reporter Irene Kelly (Goodnight, Irene, 1993) begins when Jacob Henderson, a teenager whose father is running for D.A., asks her to pre-empt the story that Henderson's opponent, Monty Montgomery, will be spreading about Jacob's membership in a witches' coven. Read full book review >

GOODNIGHT, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1993

Back in 1955, O'Connor, a dogged reporter for the Las Piernas News Express, took up the case of Handless Hannah, an unidentified corpse he wrote about every year on the anniversary of her death. Read full book review >