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Bloodlines (Irene Kelly #9)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  976 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
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 unrel ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 10th 2005 by Simon Schuster (first published 2005)
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Nadine Leaman
If I was rating this book on the plot I'd give it a #4. If was rating this book on the style and ease of writing I'd give it #2. So, I settled on a #3. The story jumped back and forth between time periods and sometimes was in the 3rd person and sometimes in the 1st person. There was also many people introduced in the first few chapters and it was hard to remember who was who. I had a very hard time following what was happening. The last few chapters were at a fast pace and it roared to an end af ...more
LJ
BLOODLINES (Amateur Sleuth-California-1950s, 70s, Cont) – VG
Burke, Jan - 10th in series
Simon & Schuster, 2005 – Hardcover
In 1958, young reporter Conn O'Connor wants to know who left for dead his mentor, Jack Corrigan, the night infant Max Ducane is kidnapped and his parents and grandparents are presumed washed overboard from their sailboat. In 1978, young reporter Irene Kelly is taken under the wing of now veteran report O'Connor when a young man who may well be the missing infant, and in 20
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Judy
Bloodlines starts off with an interesting enough premise--hardbitten reporters investigating murder, kidnapping and a crime boss and everyone has something to hide.

However, the narative jumped around too much. It starts off in 1958, with flashbacks all over the place. Irene Kelly, despite having her name on the cover doesn't appear until page 149 when the story skips ahead to 1978 and then makes another jump to 2000 when all the loose ends are neatly tied up.

This is the first Jan Burke book I'v
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Joe
Jul 29, 2008 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was too long for me. I enjoy shorter more concise mystery novels.
Laurie Stoll
Jun 19, 2016 Laurie Stoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I bought Bloodlines a long time ago on sale for $5.98. This book was much better than I was anticipating. Definitely a page-turner. Bloodline kept me guessing until the very last page.
Kathleen Hagen
Bloodlines, by Jan Burke, A-minus. Borrowed from the National Library Service for the Blind.

This is my first Irene Kelly mystery, and I understand it to be pretty late in the series. But, knowing nothing about the series, it could stand alone pretty well. The book is in three parts. The first part occurs in the 1930’s. Con O’Connor, who is eight years old, sells papers on the corner. He meets his favorite reporter, Jack Corrigan, and Corrigan becomes his mentor. Eight-year-old Con sees some poss
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Monica Ricardez
Apr 09, 2014 Monica Ricardez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodlines is so far top five in my list of favorite suspense novels. I practically never read a book twice but I know I will this one again for sure!
Just as good as Bones, Angels and Demons, or better. Burke builds the plot and doesn't give anything away. The characters are so well developed that you identify each one of them and understand their background, their personalities, reasoning and even their feelings.
Overall the book had great moments of bewilderment and sentiment. I grew very fond
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Chris Demer
Overall, this "Irene Kelly" novel was a good read. Initially, I had some difficulty getting into the story because so many characters were introduced in the first chapter. I found it confusing. Once past that hurdle, however, the going got really interesting. It is a complex story that spans three generations - of families, as well as reporters.
Did Corrigan really see a car being buried after he was assaulted, and admittedly drunk? If so, was anyone in that car and who?? It will take years to f
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Laurla2
"i'm sorry. i was thinking so loud, i didnt hear you."

"why do you talk like that? like a sailor?"
"why should men haev sole ownership of swear words? why should you be the only ones who get to express your anger?"
"its un-"
"dont you dare say unladylike."
"all right. its unbecoming. and unprofessional."
i stood up and stepped onto the seat of my wooden chair and shouted, "any man in this room who has never said the word 'fuck' please raise your hand."
dead silence. no hands went up. i saw wrigley move
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Teena in Toronto
Jun 07, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth book in the series of eleven (as of 2011) ... I'm rereading the series.

This book is divided into three parts with 20-year intervals in between. We meet O'Connor as a kid and watch him grow and become a reporter, being mentored by Jack Corrigan. Two people have drowned and a couple and their baby have disappeared. Twenty years later, O'Connor and Irene Kelly start working together and the mystery of the disappearance couple and their baby is solved. Twenty years after that, Corr
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Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
Jul 21, 2009 Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!" rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!" by: B&N Book Club
Is it a suspense novel if the writer is writing scenes of suspense with no suspense?

That is the central flaw in this book: atmosphere - or the lack thereof!

This is the July book for my book club - I probably wouldn't have checked this out otherwise. It is the 10th book in this series - so I imagine there is a market for this author.

However, I found this book (#9 in the series) to be very flat. It is supposedly set in a town (city?) in Southern California - but I felt no sense of California in t
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Gloria Mccracken
I've only read one other Jan Burke book, and that a long time ago. I remember it as being quite good, but otherwise, I couldn't really say much about it. This one comes quite a few books into the series, and I suspect I'm missing a few things as a result. However, be that as it may, I enjoyed it immensely. For a crime novel, it is very long: over 600 pages; but it needs to be. It tells a story that continues over decades, beginning with the late 50's and finishing up in the "present day" (meanin ...more
Donna
Jul 28, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
What's interesting about the title is that this book is largely about "family" members who are not related by blood--people who have made deep, life-long commitments to one another in nontraditional ways.

Bloodlines is a complex novel with several parallel stories. After about the first fifty pages or so, when most of the characters had been introduced, I found it to be addictive. Structured in three parts with decades between them, the book is a window into the past that's a real tribute to the
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Helen
Jul 09, 2012 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read everyone's ideas here and the general feeling that this book is great. However, I cannot get into it.The timelines are confusing. The characters are sterotyped. the writing is just darn corny at times. However, I will have another attempt. I am afraid since this review I have been hooked on the "Nordic" writers. I have read all of Johan Theorin, Asa Larrson and Henning Mankell. I am at present reading
Silence of the Grave. orry but I am hooked, addicted or whatever, but I am enjoying
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Rick Soper
Jan 24, 2013 Rick Soper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was back in Borders looking over the Thriller shelves trying to find something new and I came across this book basically because I just happened to see the word "blood" in the title and I was feeling especially bloodthirsty that day, probably because there were slow drivers or something like that on the way over to the store. Whatever the reason I found this book, I'm glad that I did Jan Burke spins a good story. I enjoy how it starts in one era and then jumps forward. I like the character Ire ...more
Catherine Woodman
Best-selling author Jan Burke's heroine, reporter Irene Kelly (Bones) returns in a novel that in less capable hands might seem like just another ho-hum story about the kidnapping of an infant who might or might not have been the child of a wealthy couple found dead under somewhat clouded circumstances. But it's really an intricate and involving story about hero worship--the affection of a cub reporter for his mentor, and the efforts of a young woman journalist who does them both proud by getting ...more
Jody
Jan 08, 2008 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up by accident (I thought it was a James Lee Burke novel). By the time I realized my mistake, I was already sold on it. This is the first (but certainly not the last) book that I read in the Irene Kelly series, but it covers a number of time periods and characters before it even introduces Kelly. I thought that Burke did a great job of keeping the book supenseful and threw in q few plot twists to leave the reader guessing. I like it so much that as soon as I was done, I went a ...more
Cupcakencorset
Oct 05, 2010 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burke takes us time-traveling in this Irene Kelly novel, filling in some of the town’s history and the character’s back stories. We learn about Irene’s mentor O’Connor’s early years and about the development of their relationship. We see Irene’s early struggles as a reporter. We start to feel like we’ve moved to Las Piernas, rather than just visiting, and are getting to know the real dirt on some of the town’s “characters”. The story arch covers about 50 years, fully involving you in the three t ...more
Meagan
Aug 15, 2007 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a book that was good!!
This is one of the better Jan Burke novels that I have read. The story is interesting it's set in 1958, 1978 and 2000. Two couples go missing one night after they went out on their yacht. The older couple's bodies are found but their son and daughter in law disappear. On that same night their baby is kidnapped from their home and his nanny killed. Irene Kelly is a new reporter in 1978 and learns about the case from her mentor who was invovled in it in 1958.


I couldn
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Dawn
Jan 09, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man is pummeled nearly to his death, some of the town's richest are missing, and a nanny is murdered in the nursery. Jan Burke's ninth in the Irene Kelly mystery series takes readers to three periods in history: Jack Corrigan in 1958 (O'Connor's mentor), Irene Kelly in her early newspaper days in 1978, and the present of the book series, 2000. "Bloodlines" gives readers new background on Irene's mentor, an unsolved mystery, and Irene's past. Recommended. Although the novel stands on its own, i ...more
Pat
Aug 19, 2010 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to read authors I have never read before in different genres. This was a very good mystery thriller by Jan Burke and I will definitely read another of hers. The story spanned over a 60+ year period and the characters were very well presented and really grew on me. The plot though complex, and at times a little confusing kept me interested. If you like this genre I think you would really enjoy reading "Bloodlines."
Lindy
Jul 28, 2008 Lindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great character development. Great period piece. Interesting subject matter. Excellent mystery. I enjoyed that the mystery unravelled as you read it rather than being one of those stories that you know what happened and you are just waiting on the characters to make the discovery. On a side note, Irene Kelly isn't that interesting. I am not sure I would read more of the books in her series, but maybe.
Audra Doll
Mar 14, 2013 Audra Doll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Jan Burke novel I read. I picked it up at the airport on the way to start my honeymoon. It was so good my husband was getting annoyed at me for reading all the time! I have subsequently bought and borrowed numerous Jan Burke novels and they are all good. I will admit though that the Irene Kelley series starts to get tedious after about 4 of them. This is #9 in the series but a first read for me and it was suspenseful, engaging and very well written.
Ed
Aug 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reporter, crime, action
#9 in the Irene Kelly series. Finalist 2006 Anthony Award for Best Mystery; Finalist 2006 Barry Award for Best Novel.

Irene Kelly wraps up a mystery that flashed back to 1936 when her mentor, Conn O'Connor, was an 8 year old newsboy idolizing Jack Corrigan, who became his mentor. In 1958, Corrigan is severely beaten as part of a plot involving kidnapping and murder and is found by O'Connor. The crime leader Mitch Yeager is suspected, but there has never been hard evidence.



Lian Tanner
Apr 25, 2012 Lian Tanner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I adore these Irene Kelly books. They're so well written, so beautifully plotted and invariably gripping. This one is terrific - it unfolds over three different eras, which I don't usually like, but Burke tells the story so well, and the characters are so interesting, that it held me throughout. And it was fascinating to find out more about O'Connor, who has always been there in Irene's background.
Leigh I
I feel like both of the Irene Kelly novels I've read so far have been good. I want to rate them both 3.5. But there are so many characters thrown at you at the beginning of the books that I find myself getting lost and that keeps them from getting to the 4th star. They certainly keep me engaged, though.
Mary Follis
Mar 21, 2016 Mary Follis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like 3 books in one! Part I, mostly set in the 1930's, chronicles what is to become a cold case and details O'Connors early life. Part II tells the partial resolution of the cold case in the late 70's. Part III, set in the present time, finishes the cold case and fills in the missing threads from the other stories.
George
Feb 16, 2008 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Irene Kelly, Southern California newspaper reporter, series. This novel covers nearly 50 years so fills in a lot of regarding earlier aspects of Irene's career and people she was connected with and who started with the paper before she started there. Typical multilevel plot of the novels in this series with a good solid story line. Another good mystery and read.
Lori
Jul 09, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the author and have enjoyed reading all the "Irene Kelly" series, watching Jan's writing/storytelling skills get honed over the years. This book was particularly satisfying as it sheds light on the newspaper forebears of Irene's. As usual, I LOVE that Jan writes about the places I know in Long Beach!
Ryan Mishap
Nov 03, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
: Rising above the mystery genre, Burke crafts a tale spanning three generations and includes her sleuth Irene, the grizzled journalist mentor who taught her the business, and his mentor from an earlier time. Crimes from the past affect lives in the future, but the major draw here is the recreation of earlier periods and the ways in which character’s actions and experiences influence others.
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