"Tell me about the murder."
"Shots to the head and neck. Severed his brain stem. Most likely that was the primary cause of death. The other savagery ... the chest wounds. I'd say they were postmortem. Someone was very strong and very angry. To crack the sternum and rib cage and expose his heart. A long knife with a big blade. I found some pulverized bone matter. Anything might have been used to smash the chest cavity. A crowbar, a baseball bat. A hammer or a mallet."
"Things easily found in any car or toolbox or kitchen," Decker said.
"Yes," Craine agreed. "Whoever did this was a strong person."
"I would think. Even a strong woman ... to do this much damage ..." Craine furrowed his brow in concentration. "If I were you, I'd be looking for someone with a penis."
Gaynor held back a smile. "Smashing up the chest and exposing the heart. Sounds like someone was making a statement."
"Indubitably." Craine took off his gloves. "We'll take him to the morgue now. Autopsy will be done first thing tomorrow."
Decker said, "I have one of Dr. Sparks's sons in the car. He's come down to make the ID."
"It's Azor," Craine said. "I'll state it formally, if you'd like. Save the man some agony."
"I think he knows it