Kay Scarpetta is called to the scene of a psychic s murder where she discovers the fingerprints of the recently executed rapist and murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell on the victim. This is just the beginning. Before long, evidence is tying numerous murders to Waddell. But how can this be? He was put to death in the electric chair wasn t he? To make matters worse, the media soon set their sights on Kay, making her appear to be a guilty party and, furthermore, making a timely and thorough investigation near impossible Packed with the touches that have made Patricia D. Cornwell one of the hottest names in crime writing, CRUEL AND UNUSUAL is gripping storytelling from an exceptional bestselling author."