Mysteries and crime stories, Forensic fiction
All of the current cases before Virginia's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, seem to be linked to a recently executed prisoner. A young boy's corpse is mutilated in the same manner as the prisoner's victim and then the prisoner's… fingerprint appears at the scene of a supposed suicide. But when Scarpetta's assistant's murder also appears related, Scarpetta is shocked to learn that she is the prime suspect. 1993.