Synopses & Reviews
This New Year's Eve marks the end of a life-and the beginning of a nightmare for Kay Scarpetta.
Fascinating, frightening ...Reaffirms that Cornwell is one of the best crime fiction authors working today. (Miami Herald)
'A standout...Gripping reading...So hard to put down your arms will tingle with intimations of rigor mortis before you reach the smashing climax. (Newsday)'
'Filled with suspense. (Cosmopolitan)'
New Year's Eve and the final chapter of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter who was a favorite at the medical Examiner's office, has died while scuba diving. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the river for sunken trinkets or was he after a story.
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem-the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.