—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.
Germany, 1945. The bloodiest war in history is at an end. Now the retribution and search for justice begins. In a series of Nuremberg trials, war criminals are judged and sent to prison—or hanged—for their complicity in the most heinous atrocity of all time.
But in the final trial, a leading American defense counselor has to consider questions of good and evil, when he defends a simple mechanic who kept the gas chambers in working order.
Only one man, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, knows the truth, but he is nowhere to be found . . .
Half a century later, it falls to the defense counselor’s granddaughter, a young and brilliant lawyer, to discover if there has been a miscarriage of justice. As she delves deeper into the horrors of Nazi Germany, she is faced with a conundrum that threatens her very sanity.