Jan Burke

Born in Houston, Texas, Jan Burke has lived in Southern California most of her life. She is a distinguished alumna of California State University, Long Beach, where she obtained a degree in history.

When her first book was published, she received a surprising boost from a new fan when, during his first White House interview after taking office, President Bill Clinton said he was reading Goodnight, Irene.

Jan’s 14th book, Disturbance, is a sequel to Bones, which won the Edgar for Best Novel. Her novels of crime fiction often feature reporter Irene Kelly and include Flight, Nine, and Bloodlines.

Her books have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, have been published internationally, and have been optioned for film and television.

Burke's short stories have received the Agatha, the Macavity, and other awards. Many of her short stories are collected in Eighteen.

She is also the author of a supernatural thriller set in Los Angeles, The Messenger, one of several of her books to receive starred reviews from Publishers Weekly.

Burke founded the nonprofit Crime Lab Project, dedicated to the improvement of public forensic science. She is a member of the honorary board of the California Forensic Science Institute.

She was the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for Mystery Writers of America’s Writing Mysteries. Burke is the cohost, with DP Lyle, of Crime and Science Radio.

Learn more about Jan at janburke.com.


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