Jan Burke is a critically acclaimed and national bestselling author of fourteen books—twelve 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.
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 fictional Las Piernas, where her series character, reporter Irene Kelly, works and lives.
She attended California State University, Long Beach, and graduated with a degree in history.
She wrote her first book, Goodnight, Irene, in evenings after work and submitted it unsolicited to Simon & Schuster, which published it in 1993. This distinguished house has published her novels since that time.
Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and numerous anthologies and other magazines. Her books and stories have garnered Edgar, Agatha, Macavity, EQMM Readers and RT Booklovers awards, and nominations for the Anthony, Barry, Nero, and others.
Her books and stories have been published in many languages and have been optioned for film and television. Her novels have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
Jan is an advocate for better funding of crime labs and the improvement of forensic science. She founded the non-profit Crime Lab Project.
She is the cohost, with D.P. Lyle, of Crime and Science Radio.