A serial killer is loose in Richmond, specializing in attractive young couples whose bodies are inevitably found in the woods months later -- minus their shoes and socks. After months of exposure to all the elements, all that remains of this killer's victims has in every case left Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta unable even to determine an exact cause of death. Frustrated that her high-tech forensic skills have apparently proved useless, Kay enlists the help of and ace crime reporter and a psychic whose powers have been vouched for by the FBI.
Racing against time, Kay finds she must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer skilled at eliminating every clue. All that remains to her now is her courage and intuition and the will to stop a killer before he can strike again....Continua
A series of murders with similar MO (modus operandi): young couples, abandoned car, a card of jack of heart, discovery of body remains in the wood after a long time by hunters. The present murder was the daughter of a key politics woman. There were struggles between the FBI / CIA and the politician, and the alleged withheld of investigation information and faked/planted evidence. Much of the hidden information was revealed by a reporter called Abby. The killer was discovered more or less by accident by Kay on her car. The last hurdle as a DNA match was actually not a problem, because of the marrow transplant history hinted from the autopsy. Had the politician mom not shot the killer herself, this would not have been so readily discovered....Continua
Another scarpetta novel that keeps the reader intrigues and engrossed with the workings of the detectives and the forensic medical examiner. The book follows the hunt of a serial killer who goes to far killing a very important daughter.
Mark and Kay just split up, she's going on working in Richmond and a new case comes up: the daughter of an important politician is killed. And so her boyfriend. They're found months later. A killer's been killing couples for some years and bodies are found only months later: Kay can find really few over their skeletons. This time sth is different: Pat Harvey (the politician) does all she can to avenge her daughter. Maybe CIA and FBI are involved too, although their role isn't clear. Besides, a journalist, Abby, Kay's friend, plays an unclear role too.