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The sixteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.
'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times
Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward.
The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.
He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder ... that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The only thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and that more violent deaths will follow...
Praise for Patricia Cornwell
'Slick, fast-paced and brilliant' Heat
'A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller' BBC
'America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times
'Devilishly clever' Sunday Times
'She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped' Mail on Sunday
'The top gun in this field' Daily Telegraph
'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns' Mirror
'The Agatha Christie of the DNA age' Express
'One of the best crime writers writing today' Guardian
'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
Patricia Cornwell, geboren 1956 in Miami, arbeitete als Gerichtsreporterin und Computerspezialistin in der forensischen Medizin, bevor sie mit ihren bahnbrechenden Thrillern um die Gerichtsmedizinerin Dr. Kay Scarpetta internationale Erfolge feierte und mit renommierten literarischen Auszeichnungen bedacht wurde. Die Autorin lebt derzeit in New York und Florida.