The book of the dead is actually a book kept in the morgue of all bodies that come into it for autopsy
Kay Scarpetta has opened her own very unique forensic laboratory which offers crime scene investigation and forensic and pathology services in a state of the art facility. Along with her are her niece Lucy and Marino who have worked with her for a very long time.
You would think that with her reputation as one of the best that Kay would have it all. There is however a number of people who would prefer Kay not to practice in their part of town and have no qualms of sending her messages to move as quickly as possible.
As is customary in Cornwell's books seemingly unconnected murders somehow seem to have link. The murders/deaths are miles away from each other and seem unrelated. A chance conversation here, a sighting there makes Kay see connections which were not visible and know that they are all connected.
We have a young man which on the surface looks like suicide, a little boy tortured and abused and starved to death, a young woman murdered, an up and coming tennis star also found brutally murdered. What is the link between them?
The things that go to make a perfect thriller are all here and how Cornwell spins it all together to come up with another classic is her skill. Liked this one!