Rising star Jan Burke-- whom reviewers have consistently compared to Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, and Robert Parker-- surpasses already high expectations in "Liar", her most riveting work to date. Intrepid sleuth/reporter Irene Kelly barely has time to recover from the shock of learning that her estranged aunt has been killed before being blindsided by an even bigger surprise-- she's the number one suspect! With the LAPD biting fast at her heels, Irene searches for her aunt's son, Travis-- a young man who wants nothing to do with Irene or any of the Kelly clan. The seeds of contention sown by family members no longer living are now being reaped by the next generation in ways no one would ever have expected. As deeply buried family skeletons are unearthed, the line between stalker and stalked becomes increasingly blurred, with dangerous consequences for Irene. She casts her lot with Travis, who she believes is the killer's next target, but her efforts to protect him place her squarely in harm's way. Now Irene must dodge not only the arm of the law but also the reach of a killer who appears to want to settle the score of an age-old f
Family can be a blessing or a curse. So newspaper reporter Irene Kelly learns in this sixth adventure in Burke's popular series. Irene's sister is furious when she discovers a stranger buried next to their mother. She demands that Irene fix the problem. Eventually, Irene learns that the plot is occupied by her aunt Brianna, long estranged from the family and the victim of a hit-and-run accident that looks suspiciously like murder. At first, the police suspect Irene, since Brianna's will left everything to her. Then Brianna's son, Travis, turns up. He's desperate to find out who killed his mother and asks Irene to help. But the same person who killed Brianna apparently wants Irene and Travis dead, too. Kelly is a terrific heroine--feisty, tough, sensible, and smart--and Burke's suspenseful, action-filled plot, acerbic humor, and competent writing make this an entertaining entry in a popular series. (Reviewed April 15, 1998)0684803453Emily Melton
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Jan Burke, an award-winning mystery writer, holds the distinction of being the first woman novelist to win the Ellery Queen Mystery Readers' Award. She was also awarded an Edgar for her Novel, Bones. Her popular mystery series features the newspaper writer Irene Kelly, who lives and works in Southern California. Burke was born in Texas. With her family she moved to Southern California when she was a young girl. She attended California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in history. After graduating, she worked for several years as a manager of a manufacturing plant. Her first novel, Goodnight Irene, was written during those years. Goodnight Irene was well received and the Irene Kelly series has grown in popularity with each subsequent novel. Other notable works from the series are Dear Irene and Hocus. Her works include Bloodlines, Kidnapped, The Messenger, and Disturbance. (Bowker Author Biography) Jan Burke has won the Edgar Award, the Macavity Award & the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award. She lives in Southern California. (Publisher Provided)