Taut with unrelieved tension and continual surprises, Unnatural
Exposure is the case of Kay Scarpetta''s life -- and a triumph for
author Patricia Cornwell.
When the body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a
Virginia landfill, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta initially
believes that the clues mirror that of a serial killer she''s
encountered before. But upon further investigation she discovers
puzzling pox-like eruptions on the woman''s body that, perhaps,
point in another direction.
The killer then contacts Scarpetta via e-mail, and she enlists
the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this
monster through cyberspace. When Scarpetta learns that the Virginia
victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an
epidemic, she begins to realize that she''s dealing with a
sophisticated and devious mind.
Her investigation leads her to the government''s biological
defense facility in Utah and to Atlanta''s Center for Disease
Control -- and eventually to quarantine, when it is discovered that
Scarpetta has been exposed to this often fatal virus. Along the
way, she''s forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a
slick FBI agent, Lucy''s problems, and her own turbulent feelings
for Agent Wesley Benton.