Dr. Kay Scarpetta
This character holds both a law degree and a medical degree.
Detective Pete Marino
This person settled in Virginia many years before but still harbors a distrust for humanity.
Ronnie Joe Waddell
The main murderer of the novel who is ultimately executed.
This character is a television reporter who is murdered while home sick. The murder happens long before the novel opens.
Temple Brooks Gault
This character is a mentally-deranged individual who was set free by the governor.
This character is a small business owner who tells horoscopes over the phone.
This person is a lawyer who has devoted the last few years to helping death row inmates on their appeals.
Susan and Jason Story
These characters are the morgue supervisor and her husband who immediately begin speaking to the press when the morgue supervisor dies.
Governor Joe Norring
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