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Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta finds herself facing her nemesis, Carrie Grethen. Unsure of how Carrie is involved, she must probe deeper into Carrie's past which is a painful experience for Kay's neice, Lucy. A vicious murder spree camouflaged by fire brings in the FBI. The most heinous murder of all is of one of the Bureau's agents. Now, relentless as ever, Kay and her neice Lucy pursue the deranged killer and want to see her dead.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

A horse farm in a rural area is torched by a maniacal arsonist who also left a body inside. Cue Kay Scarpetta, Virginia's chief Medical Examiner, who soon learns that her former nemesis Carrie Grethen has escaped from an upstate Psychiatric ward and is most likely involved. When someone close to Kay is murdered under the same circumstances, she must hold her head high over feelings of overwhelming loss as she concentrates on bringing the killer or killers to justice.
The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

Kay Scarpetta and other investigators search for answers after a farmhouse is tourched and a young girl is found inside. As they search for clues they find that this may not be the first murder of this nature that has been committed. While all this is going on the deranged killer, Carrie Gretchen, escapes.
The review of this Book prepared by Kristian Herron

As Scarpetta and gang search for an arsonist, they must also deal with the return of deranged killer Carrie Grethen and her gruesome plans for vengence. A reoccurring character dies violently, and other characters come close to mental and emotional destruction.
The review of this Book prepared by Stefanie Castillo

Her best yet! Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lucy is back in a new job, a recurring charactor is killed and Kay has a very personal interest in this case.
The review of this Book prepared by Carol Patton

When an arsonist torches a farmhouse with a dead person in side. Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called in to the scene. While trying to keep a grasp on her own life she watches a friends life go in a raging ball of fury. You will not want to put this one down.
The review of this Book prepared by Troy Buerger

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 23.3%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 36.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 26.7%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 13.3% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

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

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