Blood Memory

Blood Memory

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Experiencing panic attacks and blackouts at murder scenes, forensics expert Cat Ferry is suspended from her task force and returns to her Mississippi hometown, where she discovers disturbing information about her father's murder, which occurred when Cat had been eight years old. By the author of The Footprints of God. 175,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.
Cat's latest case involves a disturbing murder in New Orleans. Banishing her personal demons, she focuses on the potential killer, until one morning she's paralyzed by a panic attack at a grisly murder scene. Praying the attack is a onetime event, she continues her job as a consultant to the New Orleans Police Department, but when another victim dies in the same shocking way - raising fears that a serial killer is at large - Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse.
Suspended from the FBI task force, plagued by nightmares, and at odds with her married lover - a homicide detective - Cat finally reaches her breaking point. In a desperate effort to regain control over a life spiraling out of control, Cat retreats to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. But her family's secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary.
When some of Cat's forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. This sight shocks her more than any corpse she has seen in her career. Cat's father was murdered when she was eight years old, but she always believed the crime occurred in the garden outside their home. The bloody footprints suggest otherwise.
Driven by this fragment of her past, Cat attempts a forensic reconstruction of the decades-old crime, even as developments in New Orleans task force pull her back into the case she left behind. Plagued by troubling nightmares, Cat pieces together the horrifying events she has been shielded from all her life. Soon, both she and the FBI realize that the murders occurring now in New Orleans are intimately bound up with Cat's family and her past.

Baker
& Taylor

Experiencing panic attacks and blackouts at murder scenes, forensics expert Cat Ferry is suspended from her task force and returns to her Mississippi hometown, where she discovers disturbing information about her father's murder.

Simon and Schuster

Forensic expert "Cat" Ferry has a stellar reputation until a panic attack paralyzes her at a New Orleans murder scene. Praying the attack is a one-time event, she continues working, but when the same killer strikes again -- raising fears that a serial killer is at large -- Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse. Suspended from the FBI task force, Cat returns to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, to regroup. Though her colleagues know her as a world-class forensic odontologist, Cat lives a secret life. Plagued by nightmares, and deeply involved with a married homicide detective, Cat holds herself together with iron nerves and alcohol, using her work as a substitute for life. But her family's secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary. When some of Cat's forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. This discovery sets in motion a quest to piece together Cat's past -- buried memories that could tie her father's murder to the grisly deaths occurring in New Orleans in the present. For only by finding this remorseless killer can Cat save her sanity -- and her life.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005
ISBN: 9780743234702
0743234707
Branch Call Number: F ILE
Characteristics: 496 p. ; 25 cm

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Jul 21, 2019

Given the current climate associated with the #Metoo movement, this story is timely in spite of the actual time frame. Rocketing from the first chapter, Greg Iles has created a story told through the eyes of Catherine Ferry, an emotionally troubled woman whose been living a life of secrets due to childhood abuse. Like a jigsaw puzzle, a string of murders launches her into discovery, much of it gruesome. And with each element she uncovers, she manages to assemble the critical pieces of the serial murders. Like a snowball growing in size as it careens down a hill, the story comes to an explosive, surprise climax, typical of all books by this author. In the early stages, its easy to draw parallels betweem Dr. Malik and Hannibal Lechter though later on, this changes as does everything else. Having read six other stories by this author, this is yet another top notch page turner, and unique since the narrative is a female. Highly recommended for those who love page turners!

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rahmmie
Nov 22, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent mix of a serious subject with a thriller, with good character development, good dialogue, and a good pace. The only thing I didn't like is that it had to end

dtlower Feb 22, 2013

Very disturbing to say the least, but great plot with twists and turns!

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kathihooney
Oct 29, 2011

One of the best crime stories I have read in a long time!!

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bstudent
Jan 02, 2011

suspensful, couldn't wait to find out all there was to know. Very good.

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