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Kidnapped, Jan Burke

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Kidnapped
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Kidnapped
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Jan Burke
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eng
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When Irene Kelly's articles profiling missing children run in the Las Piernas Express, she anticipates the renewed public interest and the deluge of phone tips and remembered clues; she even anticipates the renewed pain of the anguished parents. What she doesn't expect is that the articles will set off a murderous chain reaction -- and put her life in peril. Perhaps one of the more tragic disappearances in recent Las Piernas history was that of Jenny Fletcher, just shy of her fourth birthday. The body of Jenny's father, Richard, a graphic artist, was found bludgeoned in his studio; hours later Jenny's stepbrother Mason was apprehended with the murder weapon and bloody clothing in his car. But little Jenny was never found. As the years pass, everyone assumes Jenny is dead. Everyone except her brother Caleb, who not only believes Jenny survived but steadfastly believes in Mason's innocence. Caleb, now a graduate student studying with forensic anthropologist Ben Sheridan, works on cases for the Las Piernas Police Department. When bones are discovered at the old Sheffield estate just days after the missing-children articles appear, Caleb finds himself drawn into a case that threatens to bring personal tragedies back to the present. He has a fierce ally in reporter Irene Kelly, who will stop at nothing to solve the mysteries of his father's murder and his sister's disappearance
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  • Family dysfunction takes on new meaning in Edgar winner Burkes latest mystery featuring newspaper reporter Irene Kelly (after Bloodlines, 2004). Like the earlier installments, this one is set in the fictional Southern California town of Las Piernas. Multimillionaire Graydon Fletcher and his wife have devoted their lives to providing for the less fortunate. Unable to have children themselves, the couple opts to adopt--21 boys and girls in all. Though they are not bound by blood, there's something incestuous about the Fletcher clan; nearly all of the offspring attend the elite Fletcher Academy (founded and funded by Graydon), and even as they grow older, the siblings spend nearly every waking hour in one another's company. After one Fletcher son is murdered and another is imprisoned for the crime, Kelly and her homicide-detective husband, Frank Harriman, unearth sinister truths about stolen identities and stolen lives. Burke's writing is crisp, but her characters are predictable, and her plot convoluted at best. Readers fascinated by forensic science should be content to focus on the pivotal clues gathered through the wonders of DNA. -- Allison Block (Reviewed 09-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 2, p30)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed August 21, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 33, p49)
  • /* Starred Review */ Reporter Irene Kelly's Las Piernas Express article on missing children sets off a sequence of deadly events when body parts are discovered in a remote area and the newspaper sends Irene to get preliminary information. Are the bones those of missing three-year-old Jenny Fletcher, whose graphic artist father was found bludgeoned to death at the time of her disappearance and whose stepbrother was convicted of the crime? Although Irene no longer works on homicide stories because of her marriage to homicide detective Frank Harriman, the couple are part of a group of friends that includes other reporters and police, forensic scientists, and members of a search-and-rescue K9 squad. Everyone gets involved in the investigation, which culminates in an unexpected way. Burke's 12th book proves that an author can write a refreshingly original mystery devoid of the genre's usual trappings. Not to be missed. Burke, the founder of the Crime Lab Project and a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute, lives in Southern California. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 6/1/06.] --Jo Ann Vicarel (Reviewed October 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 16, p52)
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149622
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DLC
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Burke, Jan
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.U72326
LC item number
K53 2006
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Irene Kelly mysteries
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0010
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Kidnapping
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adult
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Kidnapped, Jan Burke
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"An Irene Kelly novel"--Jacket
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615917
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25 cm
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x, 366 pages
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9780743273855
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(hardcover)
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2006050483
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Kidnapped, Jan Burke
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Copyright
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"An Irene Kelly novel"--Jacket
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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615917
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25 cm
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x, 366 pages
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9780743273855
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2006050483
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780743273855

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