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Kidnapped (Irene Kelly Mysteries
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Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. She is the founder of the Crime Lab Project and is a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about her at JanBurke.com.

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The latest edge-of-you-seat forensic suspense novel featuring Kelly and her husband from the well-known and well-awarded Burke, who lives in Southern California. Twelve-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

At the start of Edgar-winner Burke's well-crafted 10th novel of suspense (after 2005's Bloodlines), sociopathic killer Cleo Smith has just murdered a graphic artist, Richard Fletcher, who was a member of a large, bizarre California family, but Smith's motive for the killing remains obscure. Five years later, Fletcher's adopted son has been wrongfully convicted of the crime, and Burke's resourceful and compassionate reporter heroine, Irene Kelly, has written a story about missing children that has prompted a host of inquiries from desperate relatives who have lost their own children. When more bodies turn up and further clues point to involvement of Fletcher family members, Kelly, aided by her police detective husband, Frank Harriman, puts her life on the line to exonerate the innocent prisoner and uncover the disturbing secrets at the heart of the Fletcher clan. The many plot twists should keep readers turning the pages, even if the windup is a little improbable. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Enthralling.... Jan Burke again shows her boundless energy in ratcheting up suspense while keeping a center of realism.... Burke's crisp writing steers the plot on a steady course and her affinity for creating believable, fully dimensional characters thrust into realistic situations succeeds multiple times in Kidnapped." -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Burke's well-crafted novel of suspense [features] her resourceful and compassionate reporter heroine, Irene Kelly.... The many plot twists should keep readers turning the pages...." -- Publishers Weekly
"A refreshingly original mystery.... not to be missed."
-- Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A sizzling story of betrayal, revenge, and murder....Smart and beautifully plotted."
-- The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Fast-paced, superbly plotted." -- Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wisconsin)

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