Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell''s popular forensic examiner, now finds
herself caught in a labyrinthine case that wraps a web of danger
around those closest to her and threatens to wreak fear and death
far beyond the confines of Virginia.
New Year''s eve and the final murder scene of Virginia''s
bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Scarpetta thirty feet
below the elizabeth River''s icy surface. A scuba diver and
investigative reporter, Ted Eddings, is dead. Was Eddings out
probing for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why
did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reporting the death
before the police were notified?
After a second murder, closer to home, Scarpetta, her niece
Lucy, and police captain Pete Marino must work together with
cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work if they
want to catch the murderer.