The fourth novel in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series which was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of 1993
'The Agatha Christie of the DNA age' Express 'Perhaps the first entirely credible woman sleuth, Scarpetta is closest to Sherlock Holmes in relying entirely on her brain rather than breaks or brawn to solve baffling cases' Independent
Patricia Cornwell's series of crime novels featuring the forensic examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta are international bestsellers. She is also the author of two police procedurals and the biography of Ruth Graham. She divides her time between Virginia and New York.