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Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, was investigating suspected multiple homicides by a single killer in England when a female torso was discovered at a landfill near her home similar to the style of killings in England. Investigations leading into this woman's unnatural death prompted massive media frenzy of a serial killer on the loose.
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Dr. Scarpetta soon started to receive e-mails from the killer who goes by the name of Deadoc with photographs of blood-ridden crime scenes and dismembered limbs. Unexplanable death of a woman at Tangier Islands revealed a mutant-strain of killer virus on the loose as Dr. Scarpetta noticed the similarities of the blistered skin from both of the bodies of what appeared to be smallpox. Deadoc continues to haunt Dr. Scarpetta as more cryptic messages were sent to her through the Internet.

Along with her trusted colleague and long-time friend Police Captain Pete Marino and Lucy, her niece and a computer whiz-kid who works for the FBI, a plan was put to place to nail the killer by enticing 'him' to start conversations with Dr. Scarpetta in the AOL chat rooms.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherry Chen

Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta seems to be the target of a viral murder spree. A murder victim is discovered in a landfill with missing limbs and a head. Another death has been discovered on Tangier Island. The latter seems a natural death, yet Kay knows the two cases are related. After being exposed to what she fears i a viral epidemic and the source of the latest murder and death, she must be quarantined for days . It is now that she has nothing but time to communicate with the killer via internet. She fears the murderer is one of her own, a doctor who seems to hold a grudge against her. To prevent exposure to others, time is of the essence. This could prove impossible unless she can discover how the murderer is using his weapon.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

A series of decapitations brings Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to Dublin, where she is to consult on the cases. The cases envelop Kay, and soon an ominous stranger with information only the killer could possibly know begins contacting her over the internet with the screen name deadoc. When the killer goes so far as to e-mail her photos of the murder victim, Kay goes on a virtual tour of the photo with the help of her niece, Lucy. But the torso killer is no longer foremost on Kay's mind, as she soon discovers that the bodies of the more recent victims have been infected with a deadly smallpox-like virus...
The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

Crimes committed and disguised to look like another's work. Object is revenge and humiliation of a perceived traitor.
The review of this Book prepared by Nichola Malpas

This book goes from a single murder to a potential world wide epidemic of smallpox. There is no way to work this one out untill the very end.
The review of this Book prepared by Adelina Hayes

This book tracks a killer and the unraveling of clues to find him.
The review of this Book prepared by Casey

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   story of bio weapon/virus    -   wild experiments on people Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   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 General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest    -   Mid-Atlantic states Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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