Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City examining an injured man at the psychiatric prison ward. Oscar Bane, chained and handcuffed, had specifically asked for Scarpetta and as the interview begins, the story Oscar relates is the most peculiar tale Kay has ever heard.
Medical examiners (Law) -- Fiction.
Mentally ill offenders -- Fiction.
Scarpetta, Kay (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- Fiction.
Women physicians -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.