by Patricia Cornwell

Book 26 in the Kay Scarpetta series
published 2022

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In this thrilling installment of the #1 bestselling series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself a reluctant star witness in a sensational televised murder trial causing chaos in Old Town Alexandria with the threat of violent protests.

Murder and mayhem. Scarpetta is back, and she’s racing against the clock . . .Violence, corruption, murder…all in Scarpetta’s backyard. The whole story takes place over 24 hours.

Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is the reluctant star witness in a sensational murder trial when she receives shocking news. The judge’s sister has been found dead. At first glance, it appears to be a home invasion, but then why was nothing stolen, and why is the garden strewn with dead plants and insects?

Although there is no apparent cause of death, Scarpetta recognizes telltale signs of the unthinkable, and she knows the worst is yet to come. The forensic pathologist finds herself pitted against a powerful force that returns her to the past, and her time to catch the killer is running out . . .

The novel is an excellent combination of everyday detail and 21st-century technological development, which keeps it highly believable.

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