Kay Scarpetta is back, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling case yet.
In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-oldEmily Steiner
has shakena small town. But more disturbing arethe details ofthe crime, chillingly reminiscentof the handiwork ofa serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI internwith a promising futurein Quantico's computer engineering facility - untilshe
accused ofa shocking security violation.
terms withLucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigationat a clandestine research facility in Tennessee knownas The Body Farm. Thereshe will find more answersto Emily Steiner's murder -and evidence that paintsa picture of a crime
Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more
horrifyingthan she imagined...