**My 8th book in my 2009 challenge to read more.**
From the jacket: Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in NYC, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, ahs specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.
The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder ... that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed, and stalked by the actual killer?The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection among the victims?
My thoughts: I started this book on the flight home from St. Lucia and read almost all of it. I had 100 pages to go when we got home but only just found the time to finish it last night. But, I immediately was immersed back into the storyline. Cornwell did not disappoint with this one. You know that the Alex Cross series by James Patterson & the Kay Scarpetta series by Cornwell are by far my two favorites and neither series misses. Great books! (if you love a good mystery...and I do!)