Search Results: "Jan Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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EDMUND BURKE by Jesse Norman
Released: May 7, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to Burke and his paternity of political systems throughout the Western Hemisphere. Even better, the author points out where ignoring Burke's thoughts have caused unnecessary difficulties."
Member of Parliament Norman (Compassionate Economics, 2008, etc.) comprehensively explains the history and the writings of the man whose thoughts have been quarried by politicians for hundreds of years. Read full book review >

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DISTURBANCE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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FLIGHT by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"A little too long—not unusual for this writer—but Burke remains one of the best pure plotters in the business."
Detective Phil Lefebvre was a good enough cop, but distinctly unpopular around the Las Piernas (Calif.) Read full book review >

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

"Too much of a good thing in Irene's fourth case (Dear Irene, 1995, etc.)—a big, ambitious novel that sinks under the weight of its evil cargo. (Author tour)"
Old masters of the classic mystery knew how an enigmatic central character can focus tension and raise the stakes. Read full book review >

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

"First of a series."
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 >

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BLOODLINES by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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NINE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"In between Grand Guignol moments, Brandon, his uncle, his nephew, and a scruffy pooch develop some interesting relationships."
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 >

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THE MESSENGER by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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

"Best of all is the Macavity-winning tour de force 'Unharmed,' which distills Burke's talents into five perfect pages."
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 >

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LIAR by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1998

"The result is a warmly detailed extended-family portrait that conveys a constant sense of menace without providing a compelling payoff or, in retrospect, a strong central premise."
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 >

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HOCUS by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"The result has its high points—the wary friendship that grows between Irene and Cassidy, echoed by the unexpected tenderness between Frank and one of his abductors—but is likely to leave your manicure intact. (Author tour)"
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 >