By Patricia Cornwell
(Putnam Adult, Hardcover, 9780399152191, 448pp.)
Publication Date: September 2, 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to Richmond, Virginia, the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Investigating the death of a young girl, she must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak-and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear.
Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper?Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem?the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year?and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain?s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.