“The Quest is personal, but also professional. As the director of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with her connection to the Department of Defense, Scarpetta has urgent reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings that she feels are somehow linked to Fielding’s death. The murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace-all of these are related, but who is behind them, and why? Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain conspiracy and potential on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.”
“The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Faubourg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow habitues for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman alone and enigmatic among the revelers, waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex cant help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.
Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Faubourg may have been her last.
But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close the horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.”