Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckettâ€™s specialty is the psychological autopsy â€” an investigation into a personâ€™s 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 â€œpatientsâ€ is a key part of the jobâ€™s attraction. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living personâ€”one with a suspect memory who canâ€™t be trusted to participate in his own medical careâ€”she 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 heâ€™s got anterograde amnesia, and canâ€™t form new memories. Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet canâ€™t 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 â€œSlick,â€ a missing wife and son, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong.Read more