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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (30 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743444515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743444514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Has to be one of the worst books I've read in my life. Explosive thriller? More like a Mills and Boon romantic drivel. The mystery if you can call it that, is just a very small part of what happens in this book cause mainly it is Irene flirting with her old flame and arranging dates for her friend and police/babysitter. Yes, cause the entire police force it seems like, are acting as her personal bodyguards and babysitters, even during their off days and after work hours. While allowing her, a journalist, don't forget to work on their case and solving it for them. While people around her are dropping dead like flies, our heroine continues to work the case, dodging murder every other page it seems like and dining somewhere with Frank or Guy (another admirer of course who even though she doesn't want to date him wants to help her every way he can) or her friend or her depressed sister. Even the millionaire couple takes a shine to her, this nosy reporter. Come on Jan get real, even Alice in Wonderland seems more real than this utter crap.To the ending she should have added and they lived happily ever after cause only the cat did not find his sweetheart in the end! True this was the first in the series so maybe with time it got better, but sincerely I really doubt it. Shouldn't be classified as thriller, it is just cheating the reader and stealing their money. Maybe some women will like it, don't doubt it but men...Recently read Joy Fielding and Joseph Finder, now these are authors who know how to write, please take note Ms Burke. At least the title is fitting as it put me to sleep every time I touched this fairy tale of a book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 19 Mar. 2005
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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 detective, 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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Irene's a Winner! 15 Jan. 2001
By Roz Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Knockout Debut! 30 Jun. 2000
By Ms. Nancy F. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
hello Irene! 20 Sept. 2000
By John R. Foulks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Gripping and Believeable Tale 14 May 1998
By gilley@cab.latech.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Superb Debut Mystery - Irene Is A 21st Century Lois Lane! 19 Mar. 2005
By Jana L. Perskie - Published on Amazon.com
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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. The unknown killer will obviously resort to anything to prevent past secrets from coming to light. And Irene and Frank develop a closer relationship as they work together to find the murderer(s).

I had never read an Irene Kelly mystery until last month when I picked-up "Bloodlines," the most recent book in the series. As that extraordinary suspense thriller goes back in time to Irene's initial days as a reporter, and tells the tale of her burgeoning relationship with Conn O'Conner, I was fortunate to read it before beginning "Goodnight, Irene." Jan Burke has written a wonderful series of mysteries, which are more than just good sleuth novels. She creates characters who are three-dimensional and grow as the series progresses. Her people are both sympathetic and flawed, and Irene Kelly, a combination of Lois Lane, Nancy Drew, with just a touch of Katherine Hepburn, makes a memorable heroine. Unfortunately, one of her flaws is stubbornness which borders on the extreme. As intelligent as she is, she frequently acts on impulse and winds up doing what she has been specifically told not to do, often with life- threatening results. Ms. Burke has surrounded Irene with a number of interesting and memorable friends and family members, characters who add to the depth and richness of the novels.

Overall, this is a well-paced debut mystery, filled with enough twists and turns to keep the reader riveted. I plan to read book two, "Sweet Dreams, Irene" ASAP!

JANA
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