Whispers of the Dead: A Novel of Suspense

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Random House Publishing Group, May 19, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A field of corpses, laid out in a macabre display…A serial killer who confounds even the most seasoned profilers…A doctor whose life has been shattered by crime—plunged into the heart of a shocking investigation… In this masterful new novel by Simon Beckett, #1 internationally bestselling author of Written in Bone and The Chemistry of Death, forensic anthropologist David Hunter is thrust into his first murder investigation on U.S. soil—and his most devastating case yet.

In the heat of a Tennessee summer, Dr. Hunter has come to Knoxville’s legendary “Body Farm”—the infamous field laboratory where law enforcement personnel study real corpses—to escape London and the violence that nearly destroyed his life. He’s also here to find out if he’s still up to the job of sorting through death in all its strange and terrible forms.… Hunter will soon find his answer when he’s called to a crime scene in a remote Smoky Mountain cabin—a scene as grisly as it is bizarre.

The body is taped to a table. Everything about the crime scene—the wounds, the decomposition, the microscopic evidence—quickly short-circuits the tools and methods of forensic experts. Within days, Hunter knows he’s dealing with a serial killer, someone intimately familiar with the intricacies of forensics. All around him, egos and hierarchies clash—from the boasts of a renowned criminal profiler to the dogged work of a young female investigator—but fate keeps pushing Hunter further into the heart of the manhunt. And the killer keeps coming up with surprises: booby-trapping corpses, faking times of death, swapping bodies—finally turning his sights on after Hunter himself.…

An electrifying race against time, a fascinating journey into the world of forensic science, and a terrifying portrait of a killer in love with death itself, Whispers of the Dead is a thriller of the highest order.


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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
39
Section 5
48
Section 6
61
Section 7
70
Section 8
88
Section 13
160
Section 14
170
Section 15
179
Section 16
188
Section 17
199
Section 18
211
Section 19
224
Section 20
239

Section 9
104
Section 10
117
Section 11
135
Section 12
149
Section 21
262
Section 22
273
Section 23
279
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About the author (2009)

Simon Beckett is the author of The Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone. He lives in England, where he is at work on his next thriller featuring Dr. David Hunter.


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