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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074344454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743444545
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #925,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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At times when a writer abandons -at least temporarily -a long standing series the result can be revitalising ,a kind of literary second wind can kick in and there is a discernable gain in quality and intensity with benefits all round , both for the reader and the author .This happened in a big way when Dennis Lehane turned away from the perfectly good series about blue collar Boston P I's Kenzie and Gennaro and wrote the magnificent Mystic River .Similar but less spectacular results were achieved with the creation of new characters and stand alone books by such authors as Harlen Cobden and Robert Crais .
Sadly there has been no such transformation with this novel which sees an end at least temporarily to the Irene Kelly series and Nine counts as a major disappointment from the usually solid and reliable Ms Burke ,It is over-plotted ,low on plausibility and betrays a lack of narrative control with several plot strands being welded together without any real coherernce .There seems a striving after "significance " and "weight " which makes it a deadening experience to read .
At its core is a plot by a group of disaffected wealthy men ,alumni of an up-market private reformatory to slaughter names on the FBI most wanted list .Initilly they favour exsanguination -draining blood from their bodies while suspended over a bathtub -but subsequent methods are more diverse .Their victims are killers ,child murderers ,fraudsters etc -and the public response is favourable to their endeavours .
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They say there are only about 4 or 5 plots for all the stories ever written. That may be true, but Ms Burke can do more with all of these plots than most authors with one in their best moments.
This is a well thought out and technically correct thriller with a premise that could easily come to life in this world we live in today. Ms Burke has captured the essence of hero vs antihero(es) in this, one of her best works. I can only hope this is the start of a new series, although if she keeps making hits with stand alone works, hurray!! Buy this one, you won't go wrong.
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I am a big fan of the Irene Kelly series and at first was a little reticent of reading a novel by Jan Burke that did not have Irene as the main character. Luckily I discovered that my fears were completely unfounded and that the quality of this novel is as good as the rest of Burke's work, if not better.
Four young men are the main participants in a group called Project Nine, whose mission is to take justice into their own hands by killing the criminals that are listed in the FBI's Most Wanted list. The members of the group are all former Sedgewick students, which is a school well known for harboring rich kids who have had problems in various areas (school, trouble with police, etc). The murderers use a very distinct method, and detective Alex Brandon finds clear similarities with a previous case in his career. The killer in that prior case ended up being murdered by his stepson, Kit, who was only eleven years at that time.
The author not only presents a highly interesting and complex plot in terms of the reasons behind the actions of the characters, but also does an amazing job in depicting Alex and Kit, and also in intertwining elements of their personal life into the story. Each time I grab a book written by Jan Burke I find myself surprised not only by the highly entertaining stories she creates, but also by the outstanding quality of her writing. This is probably why she has won numerous prizes, including the prestigious Edgar Award. This work has convinced me: besides waiting for the next Irene Kelly novel, I will grab anything this author writes!
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By Kevin Tipple on July 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fans used to the Jan Burke's Irene Kelly character are going to be in for a rude shock when they pick this book up. Irene Kelly is gone and this book may signal the beginnings of a brand new series character as well as a more intense, graphically disturbing writing style. The results, while at times disturbing, created an intense read that makes this book live up to the billing on the front cover "a novel of suspense."
This is an exceedingly difficult book to review, as there are three main storylines of equal importance with numerous overlapping plot points. As such, I am forced to simplify greatly while trying to avoid giving away major elements of the plot. The main thing is to understand that this is simply a very good book.
As the book opens, Homicide Detective Alex Brandon of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has been called out to the site of a gruesome murder. Someone has been carefully hung upside down from the ceiling of a bathroom. The individual was repeatedly tortured and then, through the use of an anti-coagulant injection allowed to slowly bleed out through numerous small cuts into the bathtub until dead. He has been dead sometime but he is readily identifiable as Bernado Adrianos, one of the top ten on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Along with killing him, his killer has also helpfully written the number nine in his blood on the bathroom mirror.
The killing reminds Detective Brandon of another case from many years ago involving Kit Logan. At this same time, Kit Logan is at his expensive home in Colorado. The victim of horrific child abuse, which is detailed graphically in the novel, he has tried desperately to put his past aside by isolating himself. But isolation has not turned out to be the answer and once again, his enemies seem to be moving in on him.
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