By Jan Burke

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780743273862, 389pp.

Publication Date: September 2007

News reporter Irene Kelly untangles the threads of a past crime and a haunting disappearance while trying to survive the present -- in this suspense-charged bestseller from Edgar(R) Award winner Jan Burke.
Not long after the "Las Piernas Express" publishes Irene Kelly's articles profiling missing children cases, bones turn up at a California estate -- and a notorious murder-kidnapping is churned up once more. When artist Richard Fletcher was found bludgeoned in his studio years ago, his stepson was quickly apprehended with the murder weapon and ultimately convicted. But Richard's young daughter, Jenny, who went missing at the time of the murder, was never found. Now Irene has joined Richard's son Caleb, a graduate student of forensic anthropology, in the fight to prove his stepbrother's innocence and solve Jenny's disappearance. But digging up the tragedies of the sprawling and powerful Fletcher family isabout to set off a murderous chain reaction -- and put Irene's own life in peril.

About the Author
National bestseller Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. Among the awards her work has garnered are Mystery Writers of America's Edgar(R) for Best Novel, Malice Domestic's Agatha Award, Mystery Readers International's Macavity, and the RT Book Club's Best Contemporary Mystery. 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

Praise For Kidnapped

"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

"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)

"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

"Fast-paced, superbly plotted." -- Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wisconsin)