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By Patricia Cornwell

“A knockout” (People) of a mystery from no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Patricia Cornwell that includes medical expert Kay Scarpetta.

“Killing me won’t kill the beast” are the final phrases of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written 4 days ahead of his execution. yet they can’t clarify how medical expert Dr. Kay Scarpetta unearths Waddell’s fingerprints on one other crime scene—after she’d played his post-mortem. If this is often a few kind of video game, Scarpetta looks the objective. And if the following sufferer is somebody she understands, the punishment might be merciless and unusual...

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Arson. David’s jaw clenched as the platform rose. Had to be. He’d seen it before, up close and way too personally. The wind shifted again and he flinched when the flames lurched his way. For a split second he lost his footing. Focus, boy. Stay alive. ” Jeff’s voice was urgent amid the crackling. ” The platform rose a few more feet, lifting him alongside a large picture window. Every condo on the upper floors had them. He saw no flames, but smoke billowed from the smaller windows which had already burst from the heat.

Scotty was frowning at the girl’s hands. ” David’s captain and two uniformed cops joined them, the three of them bending over the gurney to see her hands. ” one of the cops asked. “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it reflects light. I saw her handprints on the window,” David told him. “My light hit the glass and the prints shone. Fire investigator’s going to want to sample it. If she set this fire, she got stuck up there and panicked. ” “If she didn’t do this fire, it’s murder,” the other cop said.

These two victims. A middleaged guard and a teenaged girl. Think about them. Think about justice for them. Do your damn job. She drew another breath, grimacing at the stench of smoke. It had been a bad fire. Two companies had responded to the scene-two pumpers, an aerial tower truck, and the two rescue squads they wouldn’t be needing after all. Only the morgue rig would be transporting tonight. As her feet moved, she found herself searching the fire trucks for station numbers, another habit she’d picked up in the last seven months, one she found nearly as distasteful as her new fear of dead bodies.

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