The second pulse-pounding thriller in Meg Gardiners Jo Beckett series, whose thrilling,1 crackerjack,2 adrenaline-filled3 debut was an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Becketts specialty is the psychological autopsy an investigation into a persons life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. She calls herself a deadshrinker instead of a head-shrinker: The silence of her patients is a key part of the jobs attraction. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living personone with a suspect memory who cant be trusted to participate in his own medical careshe knows all her skills will be put to the test.Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that hes got anterograde amnesia, and cant form new memories. Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet cant help Jo figure out just what happened to him. For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements. Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a superdeadly biological agent code-named Slick, a missing wife and son, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong. Jo realizes her patients addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. In order to prevent it, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her cityand herself.