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In the most suspenseful installment of the New York Times nestselling Body Farm series to date, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton investigates a bizarre murderand confronts a deadly enemy he thought hed put behind bars for good.
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murdersbut none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence.
But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brocktons trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiledthe sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfieldescapes from prison, bent on vengeance.
But simply killing Brockton isnt enough. Satterfield wants to make him suffer first, by destroying everything he holds dear: Brocktons son, daughter-in-law, grandsons; even Miranda, his longtime graduate assistant, now on the verge of completing her Ph.D. and launching a forensic career of her own.
The dangers from all directions force Brockton to question two things on which hes based his entire careerthe justice system, and the quality of mercyand to wonder: can the two co-exist?
If not, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?