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Irene Kelly is a reporter with a fierce integrity. Detective Frank Harriman is her lover and friend. Now they're both about to be plunged into political hellfire when a ruthless politician rocks a race for district attorney with a stunning allegation: his opponent's son is in the clutches of a satanic cult. The charge takes a fatal turn when a local woman is brutally murdered, and the grisly crime scene bears unholy implications. Tracking the clues takes Irene behind the closed doors of an isolated home for troubled youths, where obscuring the truth is only part of a stranger's diabolic game. To win it, Irene will have the devil to pay.

About The Author

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Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. 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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 25, 2002)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743470162

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The Dallas Morning News Mystery with a rapid heartbeat.

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The Dallas Morning News [Burke's] detective is a welcome addition to the world of the contemporary mystery.

Orange County Register A joy....A beautifully crafted book, played against an intriguing backdrop.

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