Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder ...that he did not commit.
Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer?
The only thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and that more violent deaths will follow...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 21/02/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751538755
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Review by Heptonj
Yet another excellent book from this fine author.Kay and Benton become involved with the murder of a young woman who has been corresponding with someone posing as Scarpetta. This is all tied in with a website which targets Kay viciously through malicious untrue gossip.When another woman is murdered and they find a link with two others across the country all the stops are pulled out to find the culprit. This brings the old gang back together again. Lucy, Kay, Benton, Jamie Berger (DA) and thank goodness Pete Marino.Although you can more or less guess who the perpertrator is, it is still an edge of the seat thrill with a superb ending.