By Patricia Cornwell
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425198735, 480pp.)
Publication Date: September 7, 2004
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Readers are in for the shock of Kay Scarpetta's life.
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.
"[A] grisly fast-paced thriller...utterly chilling."—Entertainment Weekly
"A story so compelling that even long-time readers will be stunned by its twists and turns."—Chicago Tribune
"Gruesome and suspenseful."—New York Daily News