In New York City, a 17-year-old girl and a homeless man have died of the same horrible virus, but in no sense is this a straightforward epidemic. This is murder and Alice Austen of the Center of Disease Control has to track down the murderer fast - while there are still people left for him to kill.
The 1st novel from author of the phenomenal Hot Zone is the ultimate serial killer nightmare. In 1969, in the Pacific, the US embarked on mass trials of some of the most lethal biological weaponry ever invented; genetically engineered viruses that kill in 3 days. One particle of virus is all it takes. The mortality rate is 100%. 1 kilo of agent could kill the world. The results were so frightening the research was stopped. But just like the viruses it produces technology spreads and sometimes the wrong people get it...In 1998, in New York, a 17 year old High school student wakes up with a cold. 4 hours later she is writhing on the floor of her classroom racked by convulsions, trying to chew off her own fingers. Minutes later she is dead. Across the city the body of a homeless man is bought into hospital; his spine bent in an impossible 'c', he has bitten o ff his own lips, tongue and fingers. How can the 2 incidents be realted? As more people die it's a question that investigator Alice Austen from the centre of disease control needs an answer to fast. No one has heard of this disease before, it's caused by a virus that is just too efficient to be natural. It would take a scientific genius to design such a killer. A genius bordering on madness. A madness born of the belief that there are just too many people in the world. If Alice fails in hr hunt for the killer there will be no one left to kill...
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