Synopsis by Mark Deming
Rutger Hauer plays William Palmer, formerly the chief medical examiner of Chicago who now makes his living as a writer. Palmer has written a novel based on one of the more interesting cases he investigated, a psychopathic murderer who would remove the bones from his victims while they were still alive. In his novel, the fiend, nicknamed "Bone Daddy," is caught and brought to justice, but in real life he was never found, and after the publication of his novel, the real-life Bone Daddy is inspired to resume his grisly work. Palmer begins receiving revolting packages in the mail -- human bones wrapped in pages from his book -- and it turns out the bones belong to William's agent. William has to find out where Bone Daddy is while his friend might still be alive, especially since the police have developed the mistaken notion that Palmer's son might be the culprit.