"..one to entertain those readers that aren’t too bothered not having their crime delivered at a breakneck speed."
Kay Scarpetta has received an e-mail showing the last possible sighting of Emma Schubert, a palaeontologist who has been missing for several months. On the same day a woman's body is discovered weighed down in the bay, the ropes around her body caught up with a large leatherback, a giant turtle. Scarpetta ventures to the bay to rescue the body without causing it any more harm.
On the same day Scarpetta is summoned to court in the case of Channing Lott who is being tried for the murder of his wife, Mildred although there is no body. Scarpetta's crime is for stating in an email that Lott's wife could well turn to soap if left in the water long enough. And now there is a woman found floating not far from Lott's house. Is this new body in the bay Mildred Lott? Could the speculation cause Channing's acquittal? But Kay Scarpetta is to receive a few more unpleasantries before she can close this case.