Trace - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 13 Author:Patricia Cornwell Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from South Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her, 5 yrs. ago. Richmond, VA's recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. — When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final sta... more »ges of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Scarpetta dislikes instatnly, meddles with the case.
Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton & Lucy, who are embrioled in what appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a 14 yr. old girl, working with the smallest pieces of evidence -- traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak - and reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear...« less