Jan Burke is a critically acclaimed and national bestselling author of fourteen bookstwelve of crime fiction, a supernatural thriller, and a collection of short stories. She won one of crime fiction's top honors, the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Bones.
Burke was born in Texas, but has lived in Southern California most of her life, often in coastal citiesseveral of which combine to make up the fictional Las Piernas, where her series character, reporter Irene Kelly, works and lives. Jan and her husband, Tim, share their home with two dogs, Britches and Wylie. (Cappy, the beloved shepherd mix who appears on some of Jan's cover photos, died in 2010 at the ripe old age of sixteen.) Burke's husband is musician and teacher Tim Burke.
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.
Burke believes strongly in the importance of greater support for forensic science in the U.S., and is the founder of the Crime Lab Project.
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