The legendary, No. 1 bestelling series following Dr. Kay Scarpetta
The sound of a bullet hitting flesh
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is in pursuit of a sniper who leaves no trace except copper fragments. The impossible shots cause instant death.
The target is closer than you think
The victims have nothing in common, and there is no indication where the killer will strike next.
You won’t hear it – you’re already dead
Scarpetta tracks the sniper across the country to the Florida coast. Here she uncovers shocking evidence implicating her niece, Lucy – Scarpetta’s very own flesh and blood.
‘A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller’ BBC
‘With plenty of the forensic detail that Cornwell fans have come to expect from her works this is a fast-paced and exciting read. Cornwell certainly lives up to her title of America's most chilling modern writer' Express and Star
‘She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped’ Mail on Sunday
PRAISE FOR PATRICIA CORNWELL & THE KAY SCARPETTA NOVELS:
‘Cornwell’s books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear’ The Times
‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns’ Mirror
‘Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best’ Daily Express
‘When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell’ New York Times Book Review
‘Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author’s imagination’ USA Today
‘Dazzling… After reading Cornwell’s thriller, most others will pale in comparison’ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense’ Booklist
‘Cornwell’s instincts are dead-on.’ Chicago Sun-Times
‘Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy’ Publishers Weekly
About the author
Patricia Cornwell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kay Scarpetta series. Her bestsellers include Dust, The Bone Bed, Red Mist, 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. Dr. Kay Scarpetta was awarded the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Patricia Cornwell lives in Boston, Massachusetts.