Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of - or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.
Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians- a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity - and endanger her own life.
Jennifer Rohn (http://www.jennyrohn.com/) leads a research lab at University College London in the United Kingdom, studying how bacteria subvert human cells during infection. In her spare time, she moonlights as a science writer, journalist, broadcaster and pundit. She blogs about the scientific life at Mind The Gap (http://occamstypewriter.org/mindthegap/) and on the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jenny-rohn). She also created and continues to run the science culture online magazine LabLit.com (http://www.lablit.com), which has been highlighted in the New York Times, US National Public Radio, the Guardian and the Boston Globe. "Lab lit" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lab_lit), a term she coined, is a small but growing genre of mainstream fiction about scientists and science as a profession (as opposed to science fiction). She is the author of two other such lab lit novels about modern-day scientists - Experimental Heart (https://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Heart-Jennifer-L-Rohn/dp/0879698764/) and The Honest Look (https://www.amazon.com/Honest-Look-Jennifer-L-Rohn/dp/1936113112/). She is also no stranger to rebellion, having founded Science is Vital (http://scienceisvital.org.uk/), a well-known grassroots organization campaigning for UK research funding.
—New York Times Book Review
From the Ancient Greek (χάος or kháos)
A vast chasm or void. Anarchy. The science of unpredictability.
On a late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino, respond to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.
Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case or be interested? It soon becomes apparent that an onslaught of harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.
Even Lucy, her brilliant tech-savvy niece, can’t trace who it is or how this person could have access to intimate information. When a second death shocks Scarpetta to her core, it becomes apparent she and those close to her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.
Includes an exclusive excerpt from the riveting next novel in the Kay Scarpetta series, DEPRAVED HEART.