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 ...
Caitlin (Australia) (2010/02/04): I've read it, and for a Cornwell book I actually thought it was quite good. I believe (though not sure) it's the first in the series but have to admit I'm not a massive Cornwell fan. In saying that however, as much as I disliked/lost interest in the other books of the Kay Scarpetta series, this one was actually quite good.