Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First printing, full number line. Signed with a black marker by the author on the title page: "Patricia Cornwell." Quarter-bound in purple paper covered boards with a boxed "PC" blind-imprinted on the front board, and a black cloth, silver-lettered spine. The book is tight and unmarked; very slightly cocked; corners sharp, tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $27.95); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002634
Synopsis: From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.
The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?
In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.
Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.
Product Description:Unabridged CDs ? 11 CDs, 12 hours From America?s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
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