作者 : Patricia Cornwell



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售價79折, NT277



秋天的早晨,26歲的Elisa Vandersteel在騎腳踏車行經查爾斯河時慘遭殺害。死因似乎是遭受雷擊,但當天卻是晴朗無雲的好天氣。劍橋法醫中心首席法醫凱‧史卡佩塔決定將死因判定為不可抗拒因素造成。調查的過程中,她不斷收到多則自稱「Tailend Charlie」的匿名怪異詩集。儘管解剖結果證實了史卡佩塔的論證,但死亡威脅信件仍不曾停止。第10首詩就在Elisa死後的24小時抵達,史卡佩塔嚴重懷疑匿名騷擾者絕對與此案有關,內容甚至向她的同事Pete Marino及丈夫Benton Wesley發出威脅警告。


#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning--except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta's conclusions, the threatening messages don't stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa's death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta's surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can't explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief's judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."
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