The first book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.
'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times
A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random - but always early on Saturday mornings.
So when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2.33 am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears now for those that will follow unless she can dig up new forensic evidence to aid the police.
But not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation ...
'The top gun in this field' - Daily Telegraph
'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns' - Mirror
'The Agatha Christie of the DNA age' - Express
Customer ReviewsSee All
Very good. Rattles along at a fair pace and no silly pointers to the culprit! All very believable and interesting characters
Good read but ...
A good book but the ending seemed rushed and a little disappointing
I really loved this book mind you all of the Scarpetta books are brilliant I have just one more the spend eve n more money Scarpetta is the most expensive woman I have ever know?