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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Burke never ceases to amaze
I am a big fan of the Irene Kelly series and at first was a little reticent of reading a novel by Jan Burke that did not have Irene as the main character. Luckily I discovered that my fears were completely unfounded and that the quality of this novel is as good as the rest of Burke's work, if not better.
Four young men are the main participants in a group called...
Published on 6 May 2004 by Sebastian Fernandez

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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and forced
Sedgewick, a reform school in Malibu for troubled rich kids, has produced Project Nine, a group of sadistic killers bent on eliminating the FBI's ten most wanted felons ... and a few other people as well. After the first three felons are found strung upside down over bathtubs, Homicide Detective Alex Brandon of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is assigned head of the...
Published on 21 May 2003 by Anna Klein


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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Burke never ceases to amaze, 6 May 2004
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Sebastian Fernandez (Tampa, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nine (Hardcover)
I am a big fan of the Irene Kelly series and at first was a little reticent of reading a novel by Jan Burke that did not have Irene as the main character. Luckily I discovered that my fears were completely unfounded and that the quality of this novel is as good as the rest of Burke's work, if not better.
Four young men are the main participants in a group called Project Nine, whose mission is to take justice into their own hands by killing the criminals that are listed in the FBI's Most Wanted list. The members of the group are all former Sedgewick students, which is a school well known for harboring rich kids who have had problems in various areas (school, trouble with police, etc). The murderers use a very distinct method, and detective Alex Brandon finds clear similarities with a previous case in his career. The killer in that prior case ended up being murdered by his stepson, Kit, who was only eleven years at that time.
The author not only presents a highly interesting and complex plot in terms of the reasons behind the actions of the characters, but also does an amazing job in depicting Alex and Kit, and also in intertwining elements of their personal life into the story. Each time I grab a book written by Jan Burke I find myself surprised not only by the highly entertaining stories she creates, but also by the outstanding quality of her writing. This is probably why she has won numerous prizes, including the prestigious Edgar Award. This work has convinced me: besides waiting for the next Irene Kelly novel, I will grab anything this author writes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and forced, 21 May 2003
This review is from: Nine (Hardcover)
Sedgewick, a reform school in Malibu for troubled rich kids, has produced Project Nine, a group of sadistic killers bent on eliminating the FBI's ten most wanted felons ... and a few other people as well. After the first three felons are found strung upside down over bathtubs, Homicide Detective Alex Brandon of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is assigned head of the investigation, along with his tough talking partner, Ciara -- as if they didn't have enough problems of their own already, her with her secret tragidy and he with his only nephew showing up on his doorstep in lieu of being arrested for car theft. Brandon soon notices the bodies of the victims are strickingly similar to a serial killing case he investigated ten years ago, one wrapped up when the perpetrator was killed by his own son, Kit Logan, while he was at work on his ninth victim. Kit, connected to a wealthy family, never went to jail. Instead he went to Sedgewick. But now Brandon can't get a hold of him. Does someone somewhere know too much?
Although NINE hooks the reader from page one and promises a good read, it soon fails on all counts. The plot is forced and laborious, hopping between a variety of cardboard viewpoint characters, from the too good and gorgeous Alex Brandon to the too nasty and wooden bad guys. At least three of the people in the book have green eyes (a geneticly remote possibility), and none of them can speak realisticly. The only interesting character is Brandon's uncle and surrogate father, John, retired from the LASD. A quarter of the way through this novel I stopped reading word for word, and by page 251 I was skipping whole chunks. The ending was a huge disappointment and left me hoping none of these poorly motivated paper people come back for an encore. While Jan Burke obviously has talent, it is not displayed well here.
If you like fast, well plotted books peopled by characters with convincing motivations, this book is not for you. However, Jan Burke fans will no doubt find things to appreciate here, and should certainly give NINE a try.
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