The first novel in the New York Times best-selling series featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme - from the author of The Never Game.
"Lightning-paced...a breakneck thrill ride." (The Wall Street Journal)
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics - until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City's past - and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won't stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.