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Product Details

  • Series: Irene Kelly Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743444515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743444514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in the fictional Southern California town of Las Piernas, this generally exciting debut mystery--the first of a projected series--brims with brutality, but is slowed at times by home and hospital bedside scenes. Former reporter Irene Kelly, now working in public relations, is shocked when her friend O'Connor is killed by a bomb hidden in a package. The only clue Irene can unearth is O'Connor's obsession with a long-unsolved crime involving an unidentified female body discovered in Las Piernas years before. Rehired by the Las Piernas Express , Irene teams up with ex-lover and homicide cop Frank Harriman to crack the case, but details of what O'Connor had learned about the killing are long in coming. Burke punctuates her too leisurely exposition with graphic, effective scenes of murder and attempted murder, although she depicts the menacing assassins more as machines than as human beings and provides a plausible explanation for all the violence only at her story's very end. Still, she writes with remarkable sensitivity about the physical and spiritual reactions of people terrorized by cold-blooded killers, and her gift for characterization somewhat compensates for her still-rudimentary pacing skills.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The bombing death of best friend and journalist O'Connor shocks Irene Kelly, herself an investigative reporter, into pursuing his last story--the as-yet-unsolved mutilation murder of a young woman back in 1955. Kelly collaborates with former flame Detective Harriman in her desire to identify the woman, but not without experiencing murder attempts, car chases, and a return of affection. Level-headed and unflappable, heroine Irene stands poised for a promising new series, despite the guessable villain and a lapse or two in dialog.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I'm the author of crime fiction novels and short stories. You can find out more about my writing on my Web site.

I'm also the founder of The Crime Lab Project, which works to increase awareness of the problems facing public forensic science labs in the U.S.

I live in Southern California with my husband, Tim, and our two dogs, Cappy (in the photo above) and Britches.

I want my epitaph to read, "Had a great time, thanks for inviting me." I hope not to be in need of that any time soon.

Oh yeah -- I'm a lifelong night owl. As another night owl once said, don't go to bed on the same day you've awakened.

Customer Reviews

If you're a mystery fan, you definitely should check out this new series.
Ms. Nancy F. Jones
It had be going from laughter to tears, but through it all it held me riveted to find out what is going to happen next!!
Marshall Student Fan
The ending also has the obligatory twist that I normally expect, but just didn't see coming in this book.
"chamberland10"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 15, 2001
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Back in 1955, a young woman was found murdered on the beach in Las Piernas, California. Her face was destroyed and her hands and feet cut off so that she couldn't be identified. The police dubbed her Hannah and were never able to close the case. Newspaperman, O'Connor wrote the original stories back then and has never given up on finding the identity of this Jane Doe. Every year, on the anniversary of her murder, he writes his now famous "Hannah" column. But not this year. Several days before his annual article will come out, O'Connor is killed on his front porch by a package bomb. Now his dearest friend and protege, Irene Kelly, is on a mission to find out why. As she and the police begin to investigate, going back over O'Connor's notes and files, it seems he was just about ready to break this very old case wide open and pretty soon Irene finds out first hand that there are people who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried forever..... Jan Burke has written a terrific, well paced debut mystery, easily read in one sitting, full of vivid scenes and enough twists and turns to keep you off balance and guessing to the end. Her writing is down to earth, her characters, real and her dialogue, very true to life. This is the start of a terrific, fun series and once you've met Irene, you'll want to read them all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nancy F. Jones on June 30, 2000
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If my review prompts just one person to check out this new series, I will be happy indeed. In this first book, Irene Kelly goes back to her old job as reporter after the bombing murder of O'Connor, her best friend and former mentor at the newspaper. It seems that O'Connor had been about to make a breakthrough on a thirty-five year old case of an unidentified murder victim. The victim was a young, pregnant woman. Her hands and feet had been cut off and her face smashed to prevent identification. When Irene and Frank Harriman of the Las Piernas police become involved in the case, bodies start piling up too fast to keep count. Ms Burke's theme seems to be that past misdeeds will always come back to haunt us. This is a theme that also echoes through her work in later books. If you're a mystery fan, you definitely should check out this new series. It's well written, with fine character development, and intelligent plotting. I highly recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John R. Foulks on September 19, 2000
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Great mystery! Picked it up secondhand, but am now rushing to buy all the rest. Lots of intrigue, and for once I didn't guess "whodunit" halfway through. Like Cornwell and Hillerman, Jan Burke has constructed a believable main protagonist with a well-rounded background--she's not just a puppet in service to the case at hand. Lots of intrigue, but not as hard-edged, as say, Cornwell's books. I'm looking forward to following her through other mysteries. If you're a fan of the genre, I'll bet you'll get hooked on Irene too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gilley@cab.latech.edu on May 14, 1998
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Irene Kelly is an intense and engaging character. The story line is superb and the mystery is detailed and intricate. This is destined to be a successful series of books. It was hard to put this one down!
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Irene Kelly, the woman referred to in Jan Burke's "Goodnight Irene," is a veteran reporter for the News Express, in the fictional Southern California town of Las Piernas. She is presently working for a public relations firm, however, after having quit her job at the newspaper. Kelly made the temporary career change as a result of an argument concerning professional ethics with the publication's very unprofessional editor-in-chief. Then Conn O'Conner, Irene's beloved best friend, and longtime mentor at the Express, is brutally murdered. The only clue Irene can come up with is O'Connor's obsession with a long-unsolved homicide and an unidentified female body discovered in Las Piernas 35 years before. The corpse's face had been destroyed, and her hands and feet cut off so that her identity could not be established. The police dubbed her Hannah and tried for years to solve the case, to no avail. Newspaperman O'Connor wrote the original stories back then and had never given up on finding the identity of this Jane Doe. Every year, on the anniversary of her murder, he wrote his famous "Hannah" column, usually targeting more recently disappeared people.

Homicide cop Frank Harriman, Irene's love interest from years before, is working on the O'Conner case, and asks Irene to get her job back at the Express in order to take over her former mentor's assignments. The rationale is that she might be able to find information useful to the investigation while continuing the dead man's work. In O'Conner's confidential files, she discovers a maze of forensic records that suggest a motive far more sinister than anyone imagined for the newspaperman's violent death, the unidentified woman's murder, and more recently, three horrific and separate attacks on Irene's, Frank's and O'Conner's son's lives.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on May 25, 2000
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It's getting a bit difficult for me to find new mystery writers that write well as well as spin good plots and do a good job on character development. I guess I read too much too fast. Anyway, I think I read this in two nights. Considering I work, and I am finishing my doctorate...I think that is a good indication of how much I enjoyed Burke's tale. Plan on reading more in the near future of hers.....
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