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Bloodlines (2005) [Novel]
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Series: Irene Kelly
Part: 9

Summary (From the publisher):

The year is 1958. O'Connor, a young reporter with the Las Piernas News Express, is desperate to discover who has perpetrated a savage attack on his mentor, Jack Corrigan. In and out of consciousness, Corrigan claims to have witnessed the burial of a bloodstained car on a farm, but his reputation as a heavy drinker calls his strange story into question. In a seemingly unrelated mystery, five members of the wealthy Ducane family disappear on that same night, including Max Ducane, an infant who would be the heir to two family fortunes.

Twenty years later, in her days as a novice reporter, Irene Kelly covers the groundbreaking ceremony for a shopping center—which unexpectedly yields the unearthing of a buried car. In the trunk are human remains. Are those of the infant heir among them? If so, who is the young man who has recently changed his name to Max Ducane? Again, the trail goes maddeningly, perhaps suspiciously, cold.

Until today. Irene, now married to homicide detective Frank Harriman, is a veteran reporter facing the impending closure of the Las Piernas News Express. With circulation down and young reporters fresh out of journalism school replacing long-time staffers, Irene can't help but wish for the good old days with O'Connor. So when the baffling kidnap-burial case resurfaces, Irene's tenacious love for her mentor and journalistic integrity far outweighs any fears or trepidation. Determined to make a final splash for her longtime paper and solve the mystery that plagued O'Connor to the end, Irene pursues a story that reunites her with her past and may end her career—and her life.

Original title: Bloodlines
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesGeneral

Edition #1: Bloodlines

Bloodlines (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "This book is so incredibly complex, it's almost impossible to summarize. There are really three stories here with a common thread that holds them together over three generations. It is truly a master work—a book that could only be written by an author at the top of her game. And that is precisely where Jan Burke is. The depth of the characters, the intricacy of the story, the subtlety of the prose and the connections between them would all be lost in the hands of a less skilled writer. It's only after the book had a chance to settle on my mind for a few days that I became aware of what a spectacular achievement this is. Looking back, there is a feeling of grace about the book—redemption....If you've not read this series, I urge you to do it soon." Mystery News
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Bloodlines (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 0743444558
Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 in
Pages: 672

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