I became a fan of Cornwell after the two books I read last year. I bought a few more from our annual used book sale. This book is one of the early ones in the Scarpetta series. The main characters are Kay Scarpetta, Virginia chief medical examiner, and Pete Marino, a detective in the Richmond Police Department.
The story starts with a missing couple; the case is soon connected to four other couples murdered over the past few years. The challenge here is that all the bodies were found after they were degraded and the cause of death is difficult to determine. The pressure to solve the case is intense when the mother of the latest victim is a high-profile politician. This book has a good plot with unexpected twists and an ok ending. I enjoyed it.