Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, must autopsy a convicted murderer after the execution. Afterwards, a murder occured with the executed inmate's signature all over it. More murdered victims were discovered, yet all were mysteriously connected to the dead man. When one of Kay's own assistants is added to the dead man's killing spree, fear pushes the investigation even harder. Knowing a dead man cannot be responsible for this, Kay and crime fighting team, FBI Agent Benton Wesley, and Detective Pete Marino, work overtime to solve these puzzling murders and bring this killer to justice. As time races on, however, the murders become more intense. Time is of the essence.
This report prepared by Tracey Ray
Convicted murderer Ronnie Waddell is put to death, and it is up to Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to perform his autopsy when the body is still warm. During a seemingly unrelated murder investigation, a young boy is found murdered, propped up much like one of Waddell's early victims. And when one of Waddell's prints shows up near the body, Scarpetta must unconver how a dead inmate could have possibly committed another murder AFTER his death...
This report prepared by LaPierre
Once again Dr Kay earns the respect and admiration of all concerned by saving the day, despite not actually figuring anything out herself or doing much besides performing an autopsy and, of course, cooking gourmet meals (for which she never shops) in her perfect house (which she never does anything to maintain). The basic premise (that a well-respected public figure would arrange for the release of a violent criminal to retrieve a briefcase for him) is so preposterous that genuine relief mingles with disgust as the final page is turned.
This report prepared by Andrew Clitheroe