Post-Mortem (Kay Scarpetta #1) by Patricia Cornwell (1990; Pocket Star, 2009, 448pp.)
An unknown killer is terrorizing Richmond, Virginia. His targets are women whom he strangles in their own beds at night while the neighborhood sleeps. Good thing Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is on the case. But when the commissioner tries to make her the scapegoat after someone in her department leaks details of the murders to the press, her current problems—dealing with an uncooperative detective and a lover with a dark past—become the least of her troubles. Readers will stay up all night devouring this smart, fast-paced thriller that will make you want to start double-checking your locks at night.
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