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The thirteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.
‘America’s most chilling writer of crime fiction’ The Times Against her own judgement and the advice of Benton Wesley and her niece, Lucy, Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on a case involving the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. Accompanied by Pete Marino she finds the once familiar territory of her morgue and her department much changed, and the new Chief Medical Examiner treats her with disdain despite the obvious fact that he is in desperate need of her expertise. But professional as ever, she re-examines the evidence and proves the girl was murdered. She also finds trace evidence which matches that found on an accident victim and at the scene where one of Lucy’s operatives was attacked. It is not only a forensic puzzle, but opens up the probability that someone is after those closest to Scarpetta.
Praise for the groundbreaking series:
‘One of thebest crime writers writing today‘ Guardian
‘Devilishly clever‘ Sunday Times ‘The top gun in this field‘ Daily Telegraph ‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns‘ Mirror ‘The Agatha Christie of the DNA age‘ Express Trace‘s hardback was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller in 2004
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