Blood Memory: A Novel

By Greg Iles

Hailed through Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) for his "utterly eating" suspense fiction, New York Times bestselling writer Greg Iles melds forensic element with penetrating perception into the center of a killer in a southern city.

Some thoughts dwell deep within the soul, indelible and hazardous, ready to be resurrected....Forensic professional "Cat" Ferry is suspended from an FBI activity strength whilst the world-class odontologist is inexplicably afflicted with panic assaults and blackouts whereas investigating a series of brutal murders. Returning to her Mississippi place of origin, Cat reveals herself struggling with with alcohol, affected by nightmares, and entangled with a married detective. Then, in her early life bed room, a few spilled chemical substances exhibit bloody footprints...and the trauma of her father's homicide years past comes flooding again. dealing with the secrets and techniques of her earlier, Cat races to attach them to a killer's present-day violence. yet what emerges is the scary hazard that Cat herself has blood on her hands....

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Whilst I requested my mom for an evidence of those snoozing preparations, she stated it used to be due to the conflict. She wouldn’t difficult. My father instructed me that he had undesirable desires at evening, and that typically whilst he awakened, he didn’t recognize the place he was once. At these occasions, he acknowledged, it used to be just like the struggle had by no means ended, like he’d by no means made it domestic. while that occurred, it used to be larger for me and my mom if we weren’t in the home with him. It was once simply later that i spotted that, for our family members, what my father believed in the course of his flashbacks was once real. The warfare hadn’t ended for him. He had by no means fairly made it domestic. “What are you considering? ” Sean asks from at the back of me. I don’t flip. There aren’t many boats out, yet i must watch them. A sail relocating slowly around the horizon supplies me whatever to target while my inner moorings begin to come free. Like now. The frantic feeling that woke up in me upon leaving Malik’s workplace has no longer abated. “About my dad,” I say softly. “What approximately him? ” “Just stuff. Fragments. That’s all i've got, rather. ” Sean lays his hand on my shoulder and squeezes calmly. I leap at his contact, yet I deal with to not draw back. “I desire a drink,” I murmur. “I really want it. ” He waits a piece ahead of answering. “What concerning the child? ” “It’s a drink or a Valium. At this aspect I’m unsure that's worse. ” “Would one drink be that undesirable? ” “It’s not only one drink. It’s step one off a cliff. ” The grip tightens on my shoulder. “We have to get your brain off it. What am i able to do? ” “I don’t be aware of. ” The sail i used to be looking at has vanished. The boat is tacking, scuffling with its long ago towards shore. “Maybe we must always make love. ” Sean’s different hand involves relaxation on my different shoulder. “Are you convinced? ” “No. I simply desire anything to numb this factor inside of me. ” “What is it? Is it the manic feeling? ” “I don’t imagine I’ve ever felt this prior to. I felt stable sooner than I went in to work out Malik. and that i used to be effective whereas i used to be with him. yet now…it’s like he flipped a swap in my head. most of these emotions are flooding via me. Too many emotions. ” Sean turns me round and steps shut sufficient that our chests contact. i glance into his eyes, attempting to lose myself in them. I’ve performed it sooner than, misplaced myself in these eco-friendly spheres like a bit woman swimming in an emerald sea. Drifting and rolling— I jerk backward. Sean has kissed me, and the contact surprised me like an electrical surprise. “Hey,” he says, fear in his face. “What’s occurring? ” “I don’t understand. ” i believe tears on my cheeks. “I don’t recognize. i've got this sense that everything’s hooked up, yet I can’t see how. ” “What’s hooked up, babe? ” “Everything! it all. The murders, me, Malik. Kaiser thinks so, too. He simply doesn’t see any upside to telling me without delay. ” “Come on, Cat. How may possibly every thing be attached? ” “How might it no longer? A month in the past, those murders start. Then I begin having panic assaults on the crime scenes, anything that’s by no means occurred to me sooner than. the one connection among the sufferers is a psychiatrist I occurred to understand ten years in the past, a lower who hit on me. then you definately make one other connection among the sufferers.

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