Kay Scarpetta #15
On Sale: October 23, 2006
Featuring: Kay Scarpetta
Hardcover / e-Book
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Thriller Police Procedural | Suspense | Mystery Woman Sleuth
The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in
which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta,
however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her
bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta
decides it's time for a change of pace-not only personally
and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the
historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a
unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which
she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her
niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and
autopsies to communities that lack local access to
competent death investigation and modern technology.
It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles
start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests,
with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly
meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the
murders and other violent deaths begin.
A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water
tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her
multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused
young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh.
Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a
prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric
hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as
hard to imagine as they are horrible.
Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes
before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as
terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is
through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and
the pen may be poised to write her own.
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