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Publisher Description

The eighteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times

Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta's home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked in the cooler.

When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, she realizes that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out . . .

Crime & Thrillers
28 October
Little, Brown Book Group
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Wanderlywagonbosco ,

Techo sci-fi rather than regular Scarpetta

Not as gripping as Cornwell usually is. Cornwell has turned her focus onto obscure bleeding edge technology and cracking the case for the prosecution rather than letting Scarpetta's pathology unfold the mystery. Scarpetta herself seems a bit lost and unsure, which makes her character seem unfamiliar compared with previous books. I'm still hooked on the character, the series and the stories, but less keen for the next installment. Hope it proves me wrong as I downloaded both together!

Scooza ,

Port Mortuary

Possibly the worst book I've read

Tiiggerlious ,


Brilliant cornwell at very best once again a book I could not put down

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