The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer
As Patricia Cornwell’s
remarkable nineteenth novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta
opens, Scarpetta is driving through Savannah’s low country, on her way to the
Georgia Prison for Women. She has agreed to meet with an inmate there, a
convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant
killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent-husband
Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out—and to continue
on her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack
Fielding, murdered six months ago.
The quest is personal, but
it is also professional. As the director of the new Cambridge Forensic Center
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with her connection to the Department of
Defense, Scarpetta has urgent reasons to learn more about a string of grisly
killings that she feels are somehow linked to Fielding’s death. The murder of a
Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and other
inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace—all of these are
related, but who is behind them?
Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to
conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death—and an attempt on
her own life—is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a
terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international
And she is the only one who can stop it.
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