By Patricia Cornwell
Notice the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) novel that introduced the New York instances bestselling Kay Scarpetta sequence from number one bestselling crime author Patricia Cornwell.
Under hide of evening in Richmond, Virginia, a monster moves, leaving a grotesque path of stranglings that has paralyzed town. medical expert Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a planned crusade by way of an excellent serial killer whose signature bargains priceless few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls at the most recent advances in forensic study to unmask the madman. yet this research will attempt Kay like no different, simply because it’s being sabotaged from within—and anyone desires her lifeless.
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