Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within—and someone wants her dead.
I got to know this book a long time ago, I picked up the Japanese translation version.
I loved this book right from the beginning.
This is a story about Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta struggling to track down a heinous serial killer who has strangled and brutally killed four women in Richmond.
I couldn’t particularly connect myself to Kay, but I enjoyed her pursuit of justice together with a detective Marino and a suspect profiler for the FBI Benton Wesley. (There is actually one more character whom you wouldn’t imagine until you reach the latter half, but I will restrain myself from divulging :p)
The author fooled us into believing the detective Marino zeros in on the wrong suspect based on his biased assumption, but it later turns out he is far cry from biased; he’s actually dang smart. She got me on that one.
In addition to that, the character description of her 10-year old niece Lucy is also brilliant. She is smart as a whip for a 10-year old, handling computer programming commands with ease, but is also described she is as fragile and susceptible as normal 10-year olds. The stark contrast of her brilliance and childishness breathes new life into the story.
The plot itself picks up speed and gets gripping after Kay’s meeting with the forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Spiro Fortosis; she decides to go aggressive rather than remain passive by taking a gamble, setting a bait and waiting for the killer to be lured out.
The development from this point onward was the part I most enjoyed and is worth calling a page-turner; the mystery and astounding discoveries sandwiched in between, it was a terrific read.
Throughout the book, Kay is described as all serious and a kind of person who easily lets her concerns affect her life, but at the very end of the story you’ll be surprised to see her transformation.
and I’ll bet you’ll enjoy it too 😛