All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta #3) by Patricia Cornwell (1992; Pocket Star, 2009, 463pp.)
An unknown killer is targeting and murdering couples in remote wooded areas, leaving their bodies to be found months later. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta finds her investigation of the latest murders hindered by Pat Harvey, mother of one of the victims and also Washington’s National Drug Policy Director, who suspects that the FBI is more keen to protect its own interests than stopping the killer. Cornwell’s sensitive treatment of the victims—letting us get to know them through Scarpetta’s investigation—makes it all the better. A searing thriller impossible to put down.
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