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By Patricia Cornwell

Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a boat graveyard to get well the very human continues to be of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter. along with her niece Lucy and police captain Pete Marino, Scarpetta will keep on with the scents of loss of life and violence to the center of sinister darkness.

*San Francisco Chronicle

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