Santrauka: This is the first book in the well known Kay Scarpetta series of novels by Patricia Cornwell. Dr Scarpetta is the Chief Medical Officer involved in a murder investigation to find a serial killer in Virginia. The book was set in the times when computers were just being introduced to the workplace and you could smoke in the morgue (very amusing). I enjoyed the character development and the plot kept moving along at a good pace. I look forward to reading further along in the series, as I’m sure the books will continue getting better as Cornwell’s career progresses.