Thu, Apr

Blackrock Island by J. Lee Burke

Laine Sullivan, an undercover NOVAS operative, takes a mission on a remote island in Ireland. She is faced with unraveling the murder of thoroughbred horses. Her cover, as an interior designer, fools her boss Miles Bourke, a handsome, wealthy breeder and racehorse owner, who hires her to design a party room in his lighthouse tower on Blackrock Island. Her investigation turns into a romantic affair that is surrounded by murder, money laundering, and drugs. To complicate matters, Laine discovers the “big boys” in the horseracing business may also be behind the “milkshaking” atrocities on the racetrack in the U.S. As she embarks on her quest for the truth, she questions her sanity when she thinks she sees her dead husband alive. This vision leads her to dangerous implications about his death.
Burke launches unforgettable characters enmeshed in a psychological journey that includes the mysterious death of Laine’s husband and a diabolical presence in the largest horse racing and breeding syndicate in Ireland, France, and Saudi Arabia. What unfolds is an adventure filled with twists and turns as Laine pursues an elusive murder or murders as more lives are taken every minute. The plot unfolds with the killing of a priceless horse the minute she sets down in Miles’s helicopter on Blackrock Island

J. Lee Burke is the author of Blackrock Island an international suspense thriller. She wrote as a student reporter for the UM’s Michigan Journalist and The Villanovan at Villanova University. She edited Simon and Schuster’s Handbook for Writers, revised Prentice Hall’s Literature and the Writing Process, and writes for Grosse Pointe Magazine. CBS WWJ Newswatch aired her novel during the filming of Clint Eastwood’s Grand Torino. She has presented at IBAM in Chicago. Currently, she is writing a mystery novel with undercover operative, Laine Sullivan, set in Key Largo Florida and a children’s boo

iBAM! 2020 Supporters

We thank the following for their generous support!

Ashford Castle Co. Mayo


Celtic Women International

Chicago Irish Film Festival

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Daly Communications/Anita Daly

Dingle Cottage and Colleen Herlihy

Galway Sister Cities

Healy & Scanlon Law

Irish American News

Irish American Society of Co. Will

The Irish Consulate

Ireland Network

KNI Communications

Mike Leonard Films

Mary Kay Wall/Leonard Films

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Tourism Ireland

EMB Consultants

Buzz Box

B. Adrianopoli
Andersonville Lodging

S. Avila, E. Belcaster
T. Brophy
T & J Boyle,
D. Boyle, T. Boyle

M. Buchanan, J. Burke
B. Butler, P. Cannon
S. Clements , M. Collins,
K. Crotty, M. Crowley
M. Crowley
K. Dougherty, M. Dougherty
P. Dowd
P. English
, G. Fallon
M. Fulkerson, I. Gallagher
C. Gaynor, V. Gibbons
P. Gillen, B. Gerace,
R. Glaves, D. Healy,
C. Hennessy
W. Hobin, B. Karder,
K. Kelly, K. Kelly
M. Kennedy, D. King
K. O'Kennedy
M. Kyle, S. Loftus,
M. Lynch
, N. McDonagh
C. McGill, T. McGill
B. McKinney, J. Maloney
E. Moriarty, C. Moylan

T. Mulvihill,  P. Murphy

M. Murphy
H. Murray, M. Neary
E. Neary, M. Neylon,
M Newton,, R. O'Carroll
C. Oenning
, R. O'Neill
M. O'Shea, D. Quirk
M. Barrett Rimm, E. Riordan
M. Sammons
M. McCann-Sanchez
D. Schadd, J. Sheahan

M. Shevlin, T. Shevlin
J.Smith, M.  Smith
M. Soldat, L. Steker
M. Sugrue, P. Taylor
S. Van Santen