New York : William Morrow, c2001.
311 p. ; 25 cm.
Heartsdale, Georgia is jolted when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds college professor Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. Once Sara starts to perform the postmortem the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear. Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, is in charge of the investigation. When a second victim is found crucified, Tolliver realizes that they're dealing with a sadistic rapist turned killer. Lena Adams, the county's sole female detective, wants to see justice done for her sister. A secret from Sara's past could hold the key to finding the killer, unless he finds her first.