By Patricia Cornwell
The clues to a chain of remorseless killings cross up in smoke—and in simple terms Kay Scarpetta can locate them during this number one New York Times bestseller from Patricia Cornwell.
“Sears its means into the psyche…Ablaze with Cornwell’s most interesting, scariest writing.”—Atlanta magazine Constitution
The devastating hearth tore in the course of the horse farm, destroying every thing it touched. picking out during the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains—the paintings of an audacious and wily killer who makes use of fireplace to masks his brutal murders. And while Scarpetta learns that her outdated nemesis, Carrie Grethen, has escaped from a clinic for the criminally insane and is someway concerned, the research turns into own. Tragedy moves with reference to domestic. And Scarpetta needs to fit Grethen’s each stream with one in all her personal to douse the inferno of evil that threatens every body round her…
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Carrie was once no longer loopy. She had by no means been that. She used to be a personality ailment, a psychopath, a violent entity with out judgment of right and wrong. I regarded out at wind rocking eastern maples in my backyard and the unfinished stone wall that scarcely stored me from my friends. the phone all at once rang and that i used to be reluctant to respond to it. “Dr. Scarpetta,” I stated into the receiver as I watched Benton’s eyes sweep back off that red-penned web page. “Yo,” Peter Marino’s established voice came visiting the road. “It’s me. ” He was once a captain with the Richmond Police division, and that i knew him good adequate to acknowledge his tone. I braced myself for extra undesirable information. “What’s up? ” I acknowledged to him. “A horse farm went up in flames final evening in Warrenton. you've gotten heard approximately it at the news,” he stated. “Stables, with reference to twenty high-dollar horses, and the home. the entire 9 yards. every thing burned to the floor. ” thus far, this wasn’t making any feel. “Marino, why are you calling me a few fireplace? within the first position, Northern Virginia isn't your turf. ” “It is now,” he acknowledged. My kitchen appeared to get small and airless as I waited for the remaining. “ATF’s simply referred to as out NRT,” he went on. “Meaning us,” I acknowledged. “Bingo. Your ass and mine. very first thing within the morning. ” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ nationwide reaction crew, or NRT, was once deployed while church buildings or companies burned, and in bombings or the other catastrophe during which ATF had jurisdiction. Marino and that i weren't ATF, however it used to be commonplace for it and different legislation enforcement organisations to recruit us whilst the necessity arose. in recent times I had labored the area alternate middle and Oklahoma urban bombings and the crash of TWA Flight 800. I had helped with the identifications of the department Davidians at Waco and reviewed the disfigurement and demise because of the Unabomber. I knew from demanding event that ATF incorporated me in a call-out simply while humans have been lifeless, and if Marino was once recruited, too, then the suspicion used to be homicide. “How many? ” I reached for my clipboard of name sheets. “It’s now not what percentage, document. It’s who. the landlord of the farm is media massive shot Kenneth Sparkes, the only and basically. And at once it’s taking a look like he didn’t make it. ” “Oh God,” I muttered as my international by surprise bought too darkish to determine. “We’re definite? ” “Well, he’s lacking. ” “You brain explaining to me why I’m simply now being instructed approximately this? ” I felt anger emerging, and it was once all i may don't to hurl it at him, for all unnatural deaths in Virginia have been my accountability. I shouldn’t have wanted Marino to notify me approximately this one, and that i was once livid with my Northern Virginia workplace for now not calling me at domestic. “Don’t pass getting pissed at your doctors up in Fairfax,” acknowledged Marino, who looked as if it would learn my brain. “Fauquier County requested ATF to take over the following, so that’s the best way it’s going. ” I nonetheless didn’t love it, however it was once time to get on with the enterprise handy. “I’m assuming no physique has been recovered yet,” I acknowledged, and that i was once writing quick. “Hell no. That’s going to be your enjoyable activity. ” I paused, resting the pen at the name sheet.