Cornwell’s adventure finds Scarpetta and her trusted friend, Pete MArino, back in Richmond, VA to solve the mystery surrounding a 14-year-old girl’s death. The cause of death makes no sense, and the reasons for Scarpetta’s summons to Richmond are even less clear. When a victim of a demolition accident turns up with trace evidence similar to what was found on the girl’s body, Scarpetta must confront a part of her past that she thought was behind her.
Fairly quick pace. As with the last book, different points of view are provided. This allows for more character introspection. The setting is integral to the main storyline-ominous feel of a town that has caused harm to Scarpetta in the past. Weighty and serious. #13 in the Scarpetta series. 2004, 435 pages.