A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away in Boston. Despite all of her connections, including her “special reservist status with the Department of Defense,” it is up to her to find the answers that might be hidden in the ear she has gotten. She has no idea why.
When Scarpetta and the team get to the Canadian site, a woman’s body is tied up with a giant leather back turtle, an endangered species. She has to get to the body without hurting the animal. No easy feat under the circumstances: the turtle and woman are tied up in rope that is attached to a fender of some sort. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, possibly even more than one, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age, a giant Turtle.
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At home, when she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that danger, betrayal and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, is suddenly too quiet, a definitely unusual state for him. And her husband, FBI profiler Benton Wesley, is not being completely honest with her. But the indefatigable Scarpetta moves on with her close examination of the clues she has and looks at everything within her view.
In addition to all that is going on, trying to find or retrieve the bodies of other women, Scarpetta is dealing with another person who acts like a thorn in her face. This fem