The first book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. 'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia.
Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom.
There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random - but always early on Saturday mornings.
So when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2.33 am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears now for those that will follow unless she can dig up new forensic evidence to aid the police. But not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job.
Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751544398
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Review by wyvernfriend
The first book in the Kay Scarpetta series this one introduces us to the characters and the world she works in . Scarpetta is the Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia, with her niece visiting her she's investigating a serial killer who is hunting women and spreading fear. The story starts with several already dead, so we're in the middle of the action, Scarpetta is an interesting character and the cast of characters around her are quite interesting. The ending felt a little rushed but everything was well wrapped up at the end.A series I want to continue with but I'm in no real rush to read.