Author: Tess Gerritsen, 2014.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Forensic.
Other Details: ebook. 352 pages.
When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?
Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa. - synopsis from author's website.
The novel opens with a journal entry written some six years before the events described above. These entries continue interspersed with the chapters set in present day Boston and eventually tie into the present day case.
It has been a while since I read Book 10 in this series and I was pleased to find that Tess Gerritsen had lost none of her skill in writing this kind of forensic crime thriller. I do love this series and felt that this was one of the best. Its theme of big cats and Africa especially appealed to me. Certainly the case kept me guessing.
I could have easily read it in a single day but forced myself to take it slow in order to savour the experience. I do hope that Tess Gerritsen is working on another in this excellent series.