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Scarpetta

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Aug 25, 2009
Number of Pages: 579
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Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where she learns the story of Oscar Bane, an injured psychiatric patient who claims he was attacked by a stalker who was killing someone else at the time.

More books by Patricia Cornwell

1. Autopsy

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Nov 24, 2021
Number of Pages: 416
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Scarpetta is back! In this twenty-fifth in the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts an ingenious killer who has mastered cutting-edge science for the most nefarious ends. Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has returned to Virginia as the chief medical examiner. She and her husband Benton are headquartered five miles from the Pentagon, in a post-pandemic world that’s been torn apart by civil and political unrest. Just weeks into the job, Scarpetta is called to investigate a woman’s body which has been shockingly displayed on railroad tracks. As Scarpetta follows the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own neighbourhood … At the same time, two scientists are found dead in a top-secret laboratory in outer space. Scarpetta is summoned to the White House Situation Room and tasked with finding out what happened. But even as she’s working the first crime scene in space from the ground, an apparent serial killer strikes again. And this time, Scarpetta could be in greater danger than ever before… In this latest novel in her groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series, Patricia Cornwell captivates readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that she is famous for, proving once again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.

2. Postmortem

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Mar 30, 2021
Number of Pages: 448
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Now available in a tall Premium Edition, the novel that introduces one of suspense fiction’s most compelling heroines–Dr. Kay Scarpetta–from a #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author. Reissue.

3. Spin

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Aug 25, 2020
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Captain Calli Chase returns in a page-turning thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

4. Quantum

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Apr 14, 2020
Number of Pages: 354
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On the eve of a top-secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences

5. Chaos

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Nov 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 480
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley. She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

6. Link

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Feb 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 368
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Wanneer Scarpetta in deze twintigste thriller uit de Kay Scarpetta-serie van Cornwell niet kan rekenen op de steun van haar dierbaren, gaat ze in haar eentje op zoek naar een wrede moordenaar. Link is het twintigste boek uit de bloedstollende bestsellerserie rond patholoog-anatoom Kay Scarpetta van auteur Patricia Cornwell. Deze serie betekende Patricia Cornwells doorbraak als grondlegger van de pathologisch-anatomische thriller. Scarpetta krijgt een vreemd filmpje in haar inbox. Wat op het eerste gezicht een opname van een onschuldig boottochtje lijkt te zijn, blijkt het enige bewijsmateriaal in een onderzoek naar de verdwijning van een vrouwelijke paleontoloog in Canada. Wanneer Scarpetta zich dieper in de zaak verdiept, ontdekt ze dat de verdwijning van de paleontoloog verband houdt met een serie misdaden veel dichter bij huis. Het spoor leidt naar een gruwelijke moordenaar en een reeks onverklaarbare martelingen. Als blijkt dat ze niet kan rekenen op steun van haar collega Pete Marino, haar echtgenoot Benton en haar nicht Lucy, zet ze haar zoektocht naar de sluwe en wrede moordenaar alleen voort… Patricia Cornwells werk over de vrouwelijke patholoog-anatoom Scarpetta is de bestverkochte thrillerserie ter wereld; alleen in Nederland en Vlaanderen zijn er al 1,5 miljoen exemplaren verkocht. Ook werd de serie bekroond met de Edgar Award en de Gold Dagger.

7. Depraved Heart

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 560
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In Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell has a character as strong as any in popular fiction” —Wall Street Journal New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the newest engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Depraved Heart: “Void of social duty and fatally bent on mischief.” —Mayes v. People, 806 III. 306 (1883) Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago. As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell—not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy. In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul’s daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta’s entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious—but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life. In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.

8. Port Mortuary

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Dec 01, 2014
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9. Flesh And Blood

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Nov 06, 2014
Number of Pages: 464
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No.1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta—a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself.

10. Dust

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 527
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Returning to Cambridge after witnessing one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, an exhausted Scarpetta investigates the murder of a young graduate student who is subsequently linked to bizarre homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband is tracking down a serial killer. Reprint.

11. Red Mist

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Apr 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 501
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Kay Scarpetta has arranged to meet an inmate at the high-security Georgia Prison for Women. The prisoner is a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against advice, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out – she believes she may hold some answers to the murder of her former deputy. But soon she finds connections to a string of grisly killings, including the slaughter of a Savannah family years earlier. She can see a pattern to these killings, but who is behind them and why? As she learns more, Scarpetta is compelled to conclude that this is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it…

12. Trace

by: Patricia Daniels Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 530
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Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to her old haunts in Richmond, Virginia, only to encounter a host of baffling and unwelcome surprises as she investigates the death of a fourteen-year-old girl.

13. Ruth, A Portrait

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 05, 2011
Number of Pages: 304
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Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life-partner. In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this fascinating and remarkable woman. Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking journey, with stops at many of this century’s epoch-making events. The childhood years of the future Mrs. Billy Graham were spent light-years away–in the China of the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a crucible of unspeakable hardship; in addition to pestilence and plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the Japanese invaders. These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their deep belief in God’s abiding will. Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham’s stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this courageous woman. Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy Graham.

14. The Body Farm

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Nov 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 320
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#1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense classic. Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer. It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we’ve seen her before—in a stunning achievement from a bestselling author at the peak of her powers.

15. The Last Precinct

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 544
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Physically and psychologically bruised by her encounter with the killer Chandonne, Dr Kay Scarpetta has to leave her home in the hands of the police team investigating the attack. She finds shelter with an old friend, Anna Zenner, but it is not the haven of security she needs when she discovers that Anna has been sub-poenaed to appear before a Grand Jury which is investigating Scarpetta for murder. Kay knows she is being framed and she also knows she can trust no-one. Meanwhile it appears that Chandonne killed a woman in New York before his murderous spree in Virginia, but when Scarpetta looks more closely into that case with the NY prosectuor Jaime Berger, proof of his guilt is far from certain – in fact she begins to believe that he may not be the perpetrator of any of the crimes he is accused of. As she follows the forensic trail to the real killer she gradually realises that someone has been spinning a web for years with the aim of entrapping her. Who is it, and why are they so desperate to be rid of her? Visit the author’s own website on www.patricia-cornwell.com

16. Body of Evidence

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Dec 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 496
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Now in a new premium edition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s suspense fiction classic, featuring gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. A reclusive author, Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls—or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence—while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.

17. All That Remains

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jun 30, 2009
Number of Pages: 463
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When the fifth couple falls prey to a serial killer with a penchant for murdering young lovers parked in their cars, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta attempts to examine the evidence. Reprint.

18. Predator

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Sep 04, 2008
Number of Pages: 480
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The fourteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. ‘America’s most chilling writer of crime fiction’ The Times Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best – persuading the dead to speak to her. And in Boston, Benton Wesley is working on a secret case involving convicted killers. It is a project which gives Scarpetta deep disquiet, as does the behaviour of her niece, Lucy, who is spending too much time in cheap bars looking for casual pick-ups. The Academy is called when a woman’s body is found in Boston. She has been tortured, sexually abused, her body tattooed with handprints. The same sort of handprints Lucy had seen on the flesh of her latest pick-up. Meanwhile, Scarpetta and Marino are investigating the disappearance of a family in Florida, called in by a concerned neighbour, but as they search and find the tell-tale signs of abduction rather than disappearance, they also discover that someone had assumed the identity of the caller, and she is now dead. They’ve been set up, and it becomes clear that someone is tracking their every move. Praise for the groundbreaking series: ‘One of the best crime writers writing today’ Guardian ‘Devilishly clever’ Sunday Times ‘The top gun in this field’ Daily Telegraph ‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns’ Mirror ‘The Agatha Christie of the DNA age’ Express

19. Unnatural Exposure

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 02, 2008
Number of Pages: 352
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Kay Scarpetta finds herself pitted against a possible bioterrorist in this suspense-filled read from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. When a woman turns up dismembered in a landfill, Scarpetta initially suspects the work of a serial killer she’s been tracking. But her investigation turns far more dangerous when she realizes the victim’s skin is covered in an unusual rash—and Scarpetta herself may have just been exposed to a deadly virus.

20. The Front

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 229
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The second novel featuring Winston Garano.

21. Book of the Dead

by: Patricia CornwellPatricia Daniels Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 470
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The ‘book of the dead’ is the morgue log in which all cases are entered. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta moves to South Carolina and opens a private forensic pathology practice. A string of brutal killings shatters her dreams of a quiet life.

22. At Risk

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Dec 07, 2006
Number of Pages: 240
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23. Baton Rouge

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 605
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Baton Rouge, Louisiane, 230 000 habitants : la ville détient le triste record du crime, de la corruption, des trafics de toutes sortes. C’est là que débarque, à l’appel d’un juge, Kay Scarpetta, marquée par la mort de l’homme de sa vie, Benton. Sa mission : enquêter sur d’énigmatiques disparitions de femmes… Et, si c’était un piège ? Et si elle était loin d’en avoir fini, comme elle le croyait, avec les figures de cauchemar qui hantent sa mémoire – au premier rang desquelles les sinistres frères Chandonne ? Dans ce douzième thriller, où l’on retrouve autour de Scarpetta sa nièce Lucy et son collègue Pete Marino, Patricia Cornwell réserve à ses millions de lecteurs des frissons intenses et des surprises de taille !

24. Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper — Case Closed

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Nov 11, 2002
Number of Pages: 528
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Now updated with new material that brings the killer’s picture into clearer focus. In the fall of 1888, all of London was held in the grip of unspeakable terror. An elusive madman calling himself Jack the Ripper was brutally butchering women in the slums of London’s East End. Police seemed powerless to stop the killer, who delighted in taunting them and whose crimes were clearly escalating in violence from victim to victim. And then the Ripper’s violent spree seemingly ended as abruptly as it had begun. He had struck out of nowhere and then vanished from the scene. Decades passed, then fifty years, then a hundred, and the Ripper’s bloody sexual crimes became anemic and impotent fodder for puzzles, mystery weekends, crime conventions, and so-called “Ripper Walks” that end with pints of ale in the pubs of Whitechapel. But to number-one New York Times bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell, the Ripper murders are not cute little mysteries to be transformed into parlor games or movies but rather a series of terrible crimes that no one should get away with, even after death. Now Cornwell applies her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise to dig deeper into the Ripper case than any detective before her—and reveal the true identity of this fabled Victorian killer. In Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, Cornwell combines the rigorous discipline of twenty-first century police investigation with forensic techniques undreamed of during the late Victorian era to solve one of the most infamous and difficult serial murder cases in history. Drawing on unparalleled access to original Ripper evidence, documents, and records, as well as archival, academic, and law-enforcement resources, FBI profilers, and top forensic scientists, Cornwell reveals that Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world’s finest museums: Walter Richard Sickert. It has been said of Cornwell that no one depicts the human capability for evil better than she. Adding layer after layer of circumstantial evidence to the physical evidence discovered by modern forensic science and expert minds, Cornwell shows that Sickert, who died peacefully in his bed in 1942, at the age of 81, was not only one of Great Britain’s greatest painters but also a serial killer, a damaged diabolical man driven by megalomania and hate. She exposes Sickert as the author of the infamous Ripper letters that were written to the Metropolitan Police and the press. Her detailed analysis of his paintings shows that his art continually depicted his horrific mutilation of his victims, and her examination of this man’s birth defects, the consequent genital surgical interventions, and their effects on his upbringing present a casebook example of how a psychopathic killer is created. New information and startling revelations detailed in Portrait of a Killer include: – How a year-long battery of more than 100 DNA tests—on samples drawn by Cornwell’s forensics team in September 2001 from original Ripper letters and Sickert documents—yielded the first shadows of the 75- to 114 year-old genetic evid…

25. Isle of Dogs

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 432
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Angered over the governor’s order on speed traps, the eccentric inhabitants of the Isle of Tangier, off the coast of Virginia, declare war on their own state, and it is up to Judy Hammer, the new superintendent of the state police, to stop the crisis.

26. Patricia Cornwell Pack

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2002
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27. Cadavre X

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 474
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Un cadavre décomposé est retrouvé à bord d’un cargo belge faisant étape à Richmond. Malgré une autopsie minutieuse, Kay Scarpetta ne parvient à déterminer ni l’identité du mort ni les causes du décès. Seuls indices : un tatouage et des poils blonds. Encore hantée par la mort de Benton (Combustion), en butte aux intrigues de collègues rivaux, Kay, flanquée de son fidèle Marino, et toujours proche de Lucy, sa nièce, se lance dans une enquête qui la mènera en France, des bureaux lyonnais d’Interpol à la morgue de Paris, avant de la ramener en Virginie où l’attend un tueur monstrueux, le Loup-garou. Le douzième best-seller depuis PostMortem de la star internationale du crime.

28. Dossier Benton

by: Patricia CornwellNarbonne
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 541
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Kay Scarpetta se remet à peine de l’attaque d’un monstrueux serial killer, Jean-Baptiste Chandonne. Le tueur vient d’être arrêté, mais le cauchemar n’est pas terminé pour autant. Car, de victime, Kay risque de se retrouver sur le banc des accusés. Qui est derrière cette machination ? Avec l’aide de Lucy et de Pete Marino, Kay découvre que tout la ramène à un passé qu’elle tente désespérément d’oublier : la mort de son amant, Benton Wesley.

29. Black Notice

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Aug 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 544
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In this #1 New York Times bestseller Dr. Kay Scarpetta is on a deadly mission that will pull her in two opposite directions: toward protecting her career or toward the truth… Remains were all that was left of the stowaway. He arrived in Richmond’s Deep Water Terminal—the ghastly cargo of a ship from Belgium. The decomposed body gives Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta no clues to its identity—or the cause of death. But an odd tattoo soon leads her on an international search to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France—and towards a confrontation with one of the most savage killers of her career…

30. Southern Cross

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Dec 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 432
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Patricia Cornwell has a sixth sense about the men and women in blue. In Hornet’s Nest, her page-turning novel about crime and police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cornwell moved behind the badges of these real-life heroes to uncover flesh-and-blood characters who strode through her pages to reveal vulnerable, passionate, brave, sometimes doubting, always fascinating figures. In Southern Cross, Cornwell takes us even closer to the personal and professional lives of big-city police, in a story of corruption, scandal, and robberies that escalate to murder. This time, her setting is Richmond, Virginia, where Charlotte Police Chief Judy Hammer has been brought by an NIJ grant to clean up the police force. Reeling from the recent death of her husband, and resented by the police force, city manager, and mayor of Richmond, Hammer is joined by her deputy chief Virginia West and rookie Andy Brazil on the most difficult assignment of her career. In the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, the trio must bring truth, order, and sanity to a city in trouble.

31. Point of Origin

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Aug 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 432
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The clues to a series of remorseless killings go up in smoke—and only Kay Scarpetta can find them in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Patricia Cornwell. “Sears its way into the psyche…Ablaze with Cornwell’s finest, scariest writing.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution The devastating fire tore through the horse farm, destroying everything it touched. Picking through the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains—the work of an audacious and wily killer who uses fire to mask his brutal murders. And when Scarpetta learns that her old nemesis, Carrie Grethen, has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is somehow involved, the investigation becomes personal. Tragedy strikes close to home. And Scarpetta must match Grethen’s every move with one of her own to douse the inferno of evil that threatens everyone around her… Includes an Introduction by the Author

32. Cause of Death

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Sep 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 384
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Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a ship graveyard to recover the very human remains of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter. Together with her niece Lucy and police captain Pete Marino, Scarpetta will follow the scents of death and violence to the heart of sinister darkness. *San Francisco Chronicle

33. Three Complete Novels

by: Patricia Daniels Cornwell
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 822
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Postmortem introduces Dr. Scarpetta, who knows the smell of bone dust from a skullcap saw and how to read a body for clues via lasers, DNA, and computers. As Scarpetta slowly closes in on a killer known as Mr. Nobody, she gets the creepy, well-informed feeling that the killer is closing in on her. Cornwell’s debut swept the mystery-writing awards and made her somebody. In Body of Evidence, Scarpetta investigates the murder of a Southern writer who mysteriously opened the door for her killer. In All That Remains, she hunts a serial killer of young lovers–including the daughter of the president’s drug czar, which complicates the forensic chase with political intrigue. Besides suspenseful cat-and-mouse games between sleuth and killer (and writer and reader), Cornwell creates a rich cast of screwed-up characters, chiefly Scarpetta’s scruffy confrere, Detective Pete Marino. Scarpetta’s character is a magnetic combination of pride, drive, brains, extreme skill at cooking, and a pervasive sadness expressed with tightly wound eloquence.

34. Cruel and Unusual

by: Patricia Cornwell
Release date: Jun 10, 1993
Number of Pages: 356
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When the fingerprints of an executed killer are found at a new crime scene, Dr. Kay Scarpetta takes on her most terrifying case yet. By the author of All That Remains. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild Main.

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