While Scarpetta deals with her grief, she is dealing with a series of horrific murders which feature the same wild injuries having been inflicted, and mysterious, long white hairs that appear to be human. The first is found in a container from Belgium, and so the investigation takes them to Paris where she and Marino find themselves working with Interpol office Jay Talley. But things get confusing, as they believe they have identified the killer, but can’t find him, and are worried about more deaths
This killer is awful, Scarpetta is not functioning at her own usual high standards. None-the-less, things seem to be moving forward until things get pretty intense, leading to a massive show-down at the end.