DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
An Irene kelly Novel (Irene Kelly Mysteries)

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When a strange letter signed "Thanatos" -- the ancient Greek name for death -- lands on Irene Kelly's desk, the intrepid reporter doesn't think much of it; she gets crazy mail all the time. A less cryptic message is sent when a body turns up the next morning. As more letters roll in, the death toll mounts...and Irene fears that her mysterious pen pal has cast her in his own private Greek tragedy as Cassandra, the seer whom others refused to believe. It's the killer's dream to challenge Irene to follow his ancient blueprint for murder. It's his ultimate desire to make her face the inevitable -- that she is the next to die.

About Jan Burke

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National bestseller Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. Among the awards her work has garnered are Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar® for Best Novel, Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, Mystery Readers International’s Macavity, and the RT Book Club’s Best Contemporary Mystery. She is the founder of the Crime Lab Project ( and is a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about her at JanBurke.
Published January 2, 2003 by Pocket Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p.

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Then when notes and telephone calls continue, Irene feels threatened and yet compelled to pursue the mad killer with a classical penchant, regardless of her personal danger.

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