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Publisher's Summary

In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses.

When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them.

©1992 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Strong action... A gripping forensic mystery... I just love it!" (The New York Times Book Review)
"Riveting...compelling...Scarpetta uses a microscope in her lab the way Sherlock Holmes wielded a magnifying glass." (Cosmopolitan)

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 04-30-17

wonderful series

all thses books are griping and thrilling
there intresting very well writen and enjoble
brilliant

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  • Julie R.
  • 10-22-16

good.

not one of my favorites by Patricia Cornwell, but the narrator did a very good job of separating the different characters so I could lay back and know who was talking thru her portrayal of each character. I've been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for many many years and this is one of her earlier books therefore I have read the ones beyond this story, so maybe that's why I didn't think this was excellent as ones I've read after. A good starting book for those who have read any books regarding Scarpetta.

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  • Kathy J
  • 05-24-15

Consistently Good

Patricia Cornwall will never let you down and her narrator, Lorelei King is perfect. I highly recommend, with the proviso that you start the series at book one. You will then really get to know the main characters fully over the years the books cover.