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By Patricia Cornwell

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From America’s number 1 bestselling crime writers comes the extreme new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving in the back of her inner most forensic pathology perform in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an project in long island urban, the place the NYPD has requested her to ascertain an injured guy on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric criminal ward. The handcuffed and chained sufferer, Oscar Bane, has in particular requested for her, and whilst she actually has her gloved arms on him, he starts off to talk—and the tale he has to inform seems to be essentially the most extraordinary she has ever heard.

The accidents, he says, have been sustained during a homicide . . . that he didn't dedicate. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fastened on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid story actual, and it really is he who's being spied on, and stalked through the particular killer? the single factor Scarpetta is aware for yes is girl has been tortured and murdered—and extra violent deaths will stick with. progressively, an inexplicable and frightening fact emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes understands the place his prey is invariably. Is it somebody, a central authority? and what's the relationship among the victims?

In the times that stick with, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has lately shaped her personal forensic desktop research enterprise in ny, will adopt a harrowing chase via our on-line world and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that may take them instantly to locations they by no means knew, and masses, a lot too on the subject of home.

Throughout, Cornwell provides stunning twists and turns, and the type of state of the art know-how that merely she will supply. once more, she proves her unheard of skill to entertain and enthrall.

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