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An unidentified corpse arrives in a cargo ship, offering precious clues as to the murdered man's identity. Enter Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, whose investigation leads her across the Atlantic to Interpol's headquarters in France. She soon discovers that the dead man came from a very wealthy family and was also involved in a criminal cartel which may be linked to Scarpetta's intrepid niece, ATF agent Lucy Farinelli. With the help of Pete Marino and the hindrance of someone desperate to ruin her career from the inside, Scarpetta must locate and stop the killer before he strikes again on U.S. soil.
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The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

A mysterious autopsy sends Marino and Scarpetta to France putting both in physical danger. Brutal murders, one after another, come earily close to Scarpetta as she closes in on the killer. Sparing nothing, Marino and Scarpetta untangle this sohphistication of bizarre clues and evidence.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

A badly decomposed body is found in the cargo hold of one of the main ships docking in Richmond, Virginia. Dr Kay Scarpetta is called in to investigate. Her efforts to identify the 'black notice' (unidentified corpse) take her to interpol headquarters in France where she meets Jay Talley who's background is as murky as he is charming to Kay. She is joined by suspended Richmond police officer, Pete Marino who was suspended by the overbearing, new female chief of police, diane bray, who generates friction with Kay over her handling of her cases. A killer later makes himself prominent as 'le loup garou' or the werewolf.
Of course he is not a real werewolf but a deranged man with a condition called hypertrichiosis who has been alienated and concealed by his family all his life.
The review of this Book prepared by Ally

Who is killing and why? What will happen to Marino and his job? What is Bray after? Is Benton still alive? What are these hairs from that keep showing up on the victoms. These are all questions that unravel throughout the book getting Marino and Kay involved with Interpol. The storyline involving Lucy and Jo is never solved... will this be dealt with in the next book?
The review of this Book prepared by Carol Patton

The main character investigates the brutal murder of an unknown man and finds herself on the trail of a brutal serial killer. At the same time, she must deal with a corrupt police official bent on destroying her and her career. There are two different themes occurring simultaneously that keep the reader on edge trying to identify the killer.
The review of this Book prepared by Kathy Sims

Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta tries to solve the mysterious murder of an unknown victim found in a shipping container. The case is linked to several grisly murders that begin occuring in the Richmond ,Virginia area, and the clues lead her on an international search to interpol's headquaters in France. Her investigations are hampered by a power-hungry chief of police and internal office sabotage.
The review of this Book prepared by Susan Herzog

The review of this Book prepared by DEBBIE VEASEY

Part of an ongoing series of books about Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a doctor who is Chief Medical Examiner for RIchmond Virginia.
She becomes involved in identifying and tracking down the insane serial killer who is refered to as a "werewolf" because of a rare genetic disorder.
Her search takes her to Paris, France when Interpol becomes involved in the search.
The review of this Book prepared by Robin Little

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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