9th Irene Kelly Book
(Warningthis may contain spoilers!!)
ealthy Graydon Fletcher is the patriarch a large family of adopted and
foster children, most of whom still live near him in Las Piernas.
Opening their home to the abandoned, Graydon and his late wife made
education a primary focus for their children, and used innovative
methods to encourage them to reach their full potential. Fletchers now
hold positions of power throughout Las Piernas society. The Fletcher
Academy is one of the top private schools in the state.
Richard Fletcher, a graphic artist, is discovered bludgeoned to death
in his studio. Missing are his three-year-old daughter, Jenny, and his
rebellious stepson, Mason. Hours later, Mason is found miles away,
naked and unconsciousapparently having taken an almost fatal
combination of alcohol and drugsin the wreckage of his car in the
San Bernardino mountains. Police find plenty of evidence to implicate
him in his stepfather's murder, but no sign of Jenny. Although his
mother and his brother Caleb steadfastly believe in his innocence,
Mason is swiftly convicted of killing both his stepfather and sister.
Five years later, Mason's brother Caleb still holds out hope: that
Jenny will be found alive, and that Mason's conviction will be
overturned. Caleb has made a point of studying forensic science in
college in response to his family's tragedy.
One rainy day brings about two events that may change everything for
the Fletchers: First, Irene Kelly publishes an article in the Express
highlighting custodial abduction cases in Las Piernas. Her phone rings
nonstop with tips, grieving parents, and suspicious theoristscalls
that will come to haunt her. Second, she is sent to a muddy slope
where Caleb is helping forensic anthropologist Ben Sheridan to recover
newly discovered remainsthose of a man who has supposedly been
living in hiding with his sona boy he kidnapped two years ago from
his ex-wife. But if the man has been dead all this time, where is the
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"The many plot twists should keep readers turning the pages..."
"Burke's 12th book proves that an author can write a refreshingly original mystery devoid of the genre's usual trappings. Not to be missed."
Library Journal (starred review)
"...enthralling...author Jan Burke again shows her mastery at plotting, character development and
boundless energy in ratcheting up suspense while keeping a center of
realism. Kidnapped expertly explores the corruptive forces of money,
power and sibling rivalry....Burke's crisp writing
steers the plot on a steady course and her affinity for creating
believable, fully dimensional characters thrust into realistic
situations succeeds multiple times in Kidnapped."
Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
"...Kidnapped is a sizzling story of betrayal, revenge and murder, with
enough twists to fill a bag of pretzels.... [A] terrific novel. It's smart and beautifully plotted, and you care
what happens to the characters...."
Globe & Mail (Canada)
"Jan Burke is one of the leading stars of suspense fiction and she doesn't disappoint with her latest, Kidnapped. It is a fast-paced, superbly plotted work."
Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wisconsin)