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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Cornwell reacquaints readers with forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta, former Richmond, Virginia, chief medical examiner. After a near-deadly encounter with imprisoned serial killer Jean-Baptiste Chandonne, Kay rents a house in Florida. Still devastated by the death of her former lover, Kay remains close to her niece Lucy, owner of P.I. firm the Last Precinct.
While it seems Jean-Baptiste is writing to Kay from his death row cell in Texas, a serial killer is on the loose near Baton Rouge. Officer Nic Robillard, a Scarpetta student, goes undercover to patrol the areas where women have disappeared. Meanwhile, Lucy and partner Rudy are in Poland tracking Jean-Baptiste's crooked attorney.
From a gruesome depiction of the flesh-devouring blow fly to a graphic view of the serial killer, Cornwell's latest will give
Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick
Published: October 2003