The 3rd thriller told by Dr. Kay Scarpetta. She is still over-emotional. She cannot
sustain a relationship without turmoil and misunderstandings. She has an
on-again-off-again relationship with boyfriend Mark and girlfriend Abby who
gets killed at the end. As usual the plot involves a serial killer. This on
kidnaps young couples, kills them, and leaves their bodies in the woods where
they are not discovered until hunting season opens and the bodies are decomposed.
He leaves a Jack of Hearts at each crimes scene. He leaves no prints or DNA or
trace evidence. His last victims are the daughter of the Federal Drug Tsar and
the girl’s boyfriend. The drug tsar goes nuts and believes, correctly, that
the FBI and CIA are engaged in a cover up. Scarpetta’s friend Wesley is running
the cover up. Pete Marino is the most admirable character in this story, although
Scarpetta comes up with most of the good clues and theories.
Year Read: 2006
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