Jan Burke is a critically acclaimed and national bestselling author of novels and short stories, and winner of the EdgarÂ® Award for Best Novel. Her mystery series, featuring Southern California newspaper reporter Irene Kelly, includes Goodnight, Irene, Sweet Dreams, Irene, Dear Irene, Remember Me, Irene, Hocus, Liar, Bones, Bloodlines, and Kidnapped. She is also the author of Flight, featuring Irene’s husband, homicide detective Frank Harriman; Nine, a standalone thriller; and a collection of her short stories, entitled Eighteen.
Jan was born in Texas, but has lived in Southern California most of her life, often in coastal cities several of which combine to make up the fictional Las Piernas, where Irene Kelly works and lives. She comes from a close-knit family, and remains close to not only her parents, her two sisters (neither of whom resemble Irene’s sister, Barbara) and brother, but also a wonderful assortment of nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She and her husband, Tim, share their home with two dogs, Cappy and Britches. Jan’s husband is musician Tim Burke, whose bands include Bushtaxi.
She attended California State University, Long Beach, and graduated with a degree in history.
She served as the original editor of Sisters in Crime’s guide to getting published, Breaking And Entering. She is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and has served on MWA’s National Board.