From the cover:
Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his intrepid protegee, Amelia Sachs, are racing the clock. They have only forty-eight hours to penetrate New York City's Chinatown and capture a vicious Chinese killer - the Ghost - before he murders two innocent families.
Jeffery Deaver's knowledge of the workings of a forensic team always amazes me. I met Mr. Deaver at an author's interview a few years ago and his attention to detail is no accident. He takes his work seriously and sometimes works on an outline of over 150 pages before writing a novel. Although the story was interesting in that it showed the workings of Illegal Chinese immigration, with so many Chinese characters I sometimes found it confusing to figure out who was who.