Beneath the Lake
By Christopher Ransom
Thirty Years AgoOn a camping trip by a remote lake, the Mercer family enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime - until a violent tragedy forced them to make a decision that would haunt them for ever. This SummerWhen the younger Mercers learn their father is dying, the family reunites at the lake, seeking a second chance to put their lives back together. But something is waiting . . . Four Days of HellAlso arriving at the lake are estranged son Raymond Mercer and an alluring stranger, Megan, both ignorant of the family's secrets. Within hours, they are all trapped in a relentless nightmare and fighting for their lives.Some places are better left. Some secrets are better forgotten. Some people are better dead.
By C. J. Lyons
A young girl is taken. A father is silenced. The lies run deep.It's the one mystery Supervisory Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney has never solved: her father's suicide after he had to arrest his best friend for murder. It drove Caitlyn to become one of the FBI's best - and most unorthodox - agents.So when the man she holds responsible for her father's death pleads her assistance in finding his missing daughter, Caitlyn is horrified. But, as whispers of half-understood conversations from her childhood begin to come back to her, the agent inside Caitlyn must admit that something doesn't feel right.Her search brings her back to her North Carolina hometown, now vibrant with new money, old lies, and an unknown enemy who will do anything to keep Caitlyn from the learning the truth . . .
The Body Farm
By Patricia Cornwell
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The TimesThe Body Farm - a research institute that tests the decomposition of corpses.Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with one homicide a year, if they're unlucky, and where people are still getting used to the idea of locking their doors at night.But violent death is no respecter of venue, and the discovery of the corpse of the corpse of an 11-year-old girl sends shock waves through the community. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief medical Examiner on a similar case in Virginia, is called in to apply her forensic skills to this latest atrocity, but the apparent simplicity of the case proves something of a poisoned chalice - until Scarpetta finds enlightenment through the curious pathologists' playground known as the Body Farm . . .
Book Of The Dead
By Patricia Cornwell
The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues offer expert crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the murders and other violent deaths begin. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is found dumped in a desolate marsh. A sixteen-year-old tennis star is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones before her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names - and the pen may be poised to write her own.