1997 1st year edition; G.P. Putnam's Sons publishers, New York; hardbound in purple and red boards with black lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
A notorious mob figure is gunned down and his competitors are prime suspects. Suspicions arise when his body disappears from the morgue before it can be autopsied. A few days later the unidentified body of a "floater" is brought in and after being autopsied turns out to be the missing corpse. Dr. Jack Stapleton, forensic pathologist and Dr. Laurie Montgomery need to find out who is responsible and if there is one suspect for everything done or if there are more than one person. Jack and Laurie's search for the truth leads them to the steamy jungles of equatorial Africa, where they discover a sinister cabal whose stock-in-trade involves surgical procedures a step beyond the latest in current technology and a Promethean leap beyond accepted medical ethics.