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A book by Jan Burke

Jan Burke is best known as the author who gave life to Irene Kelly, the sassy, slightly hard-edged southern California journalist with a Pandoran penchant for getting herself into sticky situations. Her latest novel, however, perches adroitly on a tangential … see full wiki

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Author: Jan Burke
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Irene's husband gets his chance

  • Dec 27, 2004
Edgar-award winner Burke departs from her Irene Kelly series with "Flight," featuring Irene's homicide detective husband, Frank Harriman, on the trail of an old case, given new life when the body of Detective Philip Lefebvre, missing ten years and labeled a murderer, is found in the wreckage of his plane.

It all began before Harriman's time in the Las Piernas (Southern California) Police. A father and daughter were murdered on their yacht and the surviving son identified a local crime boss, only to be murdered in his hospital bed days later. Since he and a box of crucial evidence disappeared at the same time, Lefebvre has been blamed for the murder and the disgrace to the department.

Soon convinced that his colleagues condemned the wrong man, Harriman is further isolated by his growing suspicion that a cop - but not Lefebvre - is guilty. The narrative, primarily from Harriman's point of view, is punctuated by the obsessive Looking Glass Man, the murderer with a mission, and also by Irene's view, though more as Harriman's wife than in her job as reporter.

The story is absorbing, complex and well constructed, though the cops sometimes seem a little heavy handed. Harriman is not as lively and impulsive as likable Irene and the villain is diabolically clever but hardly unique in fiction.

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