After spending months at Dover Air Force Base in a training fellowship to learn the new procedure, CT-assisted virtual autopsy, Kay Scarpetta returns to Massachusetts. Scarpetta is glad to be finished at Dover and the memories it brought back. Memories she has tried to forget; the cover up of the deaths of two American young women in South Africa. She is now the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center, this Center is a partnership of state and federal government, MIT, and Harvard, and she is ready to get back to work.
At her return she is confronted with a crisis that could close the Center and ruin her career. During the night the body of a young man, who apparently died of a heart attack, was brought to the Center. In the morning, when his body is in the lab to be examined, it seems he may have been alive when put in a body bag and locked in one of the Center’s coolers.
Scarpetta’s examination of the body reveals internal injuries she has never seen before. While trying to find what, why, and who killed this man, the memories of the deaths in South Africa continue to haunt her. As she works to solve the mystery of this man’s life and death, she is also working to bring resolution to the secret she has kept for over twenty years.
Each Scarpetta novel Patricia Cornwell writes tells a little more about Kay Scarpetta, the people in her life, and some of the reasons she is who she is. Always fast-paced, with lots of technology thrown in, a Scarpetta story never disappoints.