A forensic scientist investigates a murder at her own morgue.
As accustomed as Theresa MacLean is to bodily fluids, it still gives her quite a jolt to discover a trail of blood in the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office. Even worse is her discovery of the body of desk man Darryl Johnson, covered in blood, with the word “Confess” written in blood on the wall above him. But whoever has it in for the ME’s office isn’t done yet. Concerned that Dr. Hubert Reese, one of the unit’s pathologists, doesn’t answer his phone, Theresa goes to his spacious Fairmount Boulevard home and finds him bleeding to death. Now Theresa’s inclined to regard the death of any ME office employee as suspicious. She looks into the demise of ambulance crew member George Bain, a retired cop who succumbed to a heart attack within his first year at his new job. And she hits pay dirt when she goes back several years to the death of Diana Allman, one of the office’s secretaries. Diana was killed at home, and her husband, James, served prison time for her murder. Was there more to her story than a simple domestic dispute? Does someone blame the ME’s office for mishandling the autopsy and forensic investigation of the death of one of their own? Theresa needs to find answers fast, because the killer has set his or her sights on Theresa’s colleague and friend, DNA analyst Don Delgado, and on Theresa herself.
By releasing surprises little by little, Black manages to fit both a whodunit and a police-chase thriller into a single bagged-and-tagged package.