Called out of retirement by his former lover to investigate a serial killer targeting prostitutes, former NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey, as he digs deeper into these killings which have garnered national attention, discovers that there are sinister forces at work that don't want this case solved.
“We’re going to murder people who need to be murdered.” So begins a press release from a mysterious group known only as “The Five,” shortly after a vicious predator is murdered in San Francisco. The Five is believed to be made up of vigilante killers who are very bored…and very rich. They target the worst of society and then use their unlimited resources to offset the damage done by those who they’ve killed, donating Bitcoin to charities and victims via the dark net. After a woman is murdered in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. And they soon have their hands full -- The Five are virtually untraceable.
During the holiday season, a family of three, missing someone very dear to them, find their house filling up with unexpected guests, making Christmas memories to last a lifetime.
When the sister of the judge presiding over a sensational murder case is found dead, chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, the reluctant start witness in the trial, investigates and recognizes telltale signs of the unthinkable, pitting her against a powerful force that returns her to the past.