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Burke, Jan

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ISBN 10: 0684803445 / ISBN 13: 9780684803449
Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing (full number line). Signed in black ink by the author on the title page: "Jan Burke." Book is tight and square, only flaw is minor bumping to bottom spine. Jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.00); slight shelfwear along top edge front. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 000234

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Title: Hocus

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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When her detective husband Frank turns up missing, an ominous bloodstain in the trunk of his car and a warning left on the rearview mirror, Irene must determine who has kidnapped him and why so that she can find him before they kill him. 50,000 first printing.


Jan Burke's stories about a vulnerable and resourceful reporter at a Southern California newspaper called Las Piernas News Express all feature tense and thoughtful plots, writing that manages to be sharp and sardonic without calling attention to itself, and a dead honest picture of the world of small-market newspaper journalism. Her latest is no exception. When Kelly's homicide detective husband, Frank Harriman, gets a heroic write-up in her paper after arresting the apparent leader of a gang of murderous troublemakers that call themselves Hocus (in the sense of hoax, rather than magic), everybody at the paper and almost everybody at the cop shop thinks she's behind it. So when Frank disappears, and his blood is discovered in the trunk of his car, Irene doesn't get much help from the paper or the police. She has to track down the real secret of Hocus largely on her own--which she does in the completely credible and exciting manner we've come to expect. Burke's last book about about Kelly, Remember Me, Irene, is out in paperback, joining Dear Irene, Goodnight, Irene, and Sweet Dreams, Irene.

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