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The nineteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

‘America’s most chilling writer of crime fiction’ The Times

Kay Scarpetta has arranged to meet an inmate at the high-security Georgia Prison for Women. The prisoner is a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer.

Against advice, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out – she believes she may hold some answers to the murder of her former deputy. But soon she finds connections to a string of grisly killings, including the slaughter of a Savannah family years earlier. She can see a pattern to these killings, but who is behind them and why?

As she learns more, Scarpetta is compelled to conclude that this is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it . . .

Praise for the groundbreaking series:

‘One of the
best crime writers writing todayGuardian

Devilishly cleverSunday Times

The top gun in this fieldDaily Telegraph

Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reignsMirror

The Agatha Christie of the DNA ageExpress

Reviews

When it comes to forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell
New York Times Book Review
Cornwell's books run on a cocktail of adrenaline and fear
The Times
A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller
BBC
One of the best crime writers writing today
Guardian
Devilishly clever
Sunday Times
Praise for Patricia Cornwell
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The top gun in this field
Daily Telegraph
Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns
Mirror