Patricia Cornwell

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Post-Mortem

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2009 by Pocket Books     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9781439148129

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Discover the "dazzling...fascinating" (Los Angeles Times) novel that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within--and someone wants her dead.

 

 

All That Remains: Scarpetta 3

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1992 by Scribner Book Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780684193953

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A masterly new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel by the author of Body of Evidence and Postmortem. A killer stalks young lovers, taking their lives and leaving behind just a single clue--one playing card. Four couples have been murdered, their remains turning up months after their abandoned automobiles are discovered. It is a ferocious case only the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia can solve. LG Featured Alternate.

 

 

Cruel and Unusual: Scarpetta 4

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1993 by Scribner Book Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780684195308

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"Killing me won't kill the beast" are the last words of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written four days before his execution. But they can't explain how Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds Waddell's fingerprints on another crime scene -- after she'd performed his autopsy. If this is some sort of game, Scarpetta seems to be the target. And if the next victim is someone she knows, the punishment will be cruel and unusual...

 

 

Body Farm

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1994 by Scribner Book Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780684195971

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Nationally bestselling author Patricia Cornwell tells a tale of a consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. Kay Scarpetta travels to rural western North Carolina to investigate the baffling murder of an 11-year-old girl. To resolve critical questions, Kay must conduct a grisly experiment at a little-known research facility known as The Body Farm--and the results are shocking.

 

 

From Potter's Field: Scarpetta 6

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1995 by Scribner Book Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780684195988

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In Richmond, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia and consultant for the FBI, is in the midst of a late-night autopsy at the morgue when the call comes: Gault, the sadistic psychopath who has eluded capture for years, has struck again. For Scarpetta, her worst nightmare returns. While Scarpetta sorts through strange forensic evidence, including an uncommon tread pattern and extremely rare gold dental restorations, Gault kills again. But the prey he ultimately seeks is Scarpetta, for it becomes increasingly apparent that he is as focused on her as she is on him.

 

 

Cause of Death

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1996 by Putnam Adult     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399141461

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A mesmerizing new thriller starring Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Ted Eddings, an investiagtive reporter who was a favorite at the Medical Examiner's office, has died while scuba diving. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the river for sunken trinkets--or was he after a story?

 

 

Point of Origin

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1998 by Putnam Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399143946

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"The nearly surreal opening scene of Unnatural Exposure makes Cornwell's latest Kay Scarpetta immediately gripping and quite possibly literary", declared Patricia Holt in her front-page San Francisco Chronicle review of the author's most recent instant #1 bestseller. "Patricia Cornwell retains that finer Dickensian indignation with the ways of the world that has been neglected by the small landscapes of much so-called serious writing", observed Mary Lee Settle in The Washington Post. "Cornwell is the class act", wrote Mary Cantwell in Vogue.

Now America's leading crime writer combines that literary talent and style with a fierce commitment to justice in her thrilling and complex new Scarpetta novel. Point of Origin will stand as one of Cornwell's best, a gripping story that transcends the genre to examine the dark side of the human soul.

 

 

Black Notice

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 1999 by Putnam Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399145087

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Now Cornwell delivers a high-stakes Kay Scarpetta novel with an intrigue that will take Kay an ocean's length away from home. The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond's Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway.

The autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. But the victim's personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France, where she receives critical instructions: Go to the Paris morgue to receive forbidden, secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission. It is a mission that could ruin her career.

In a story that careens across international borders, "Black Notice" puts Dr. Kay Scarpetta directly in harm's way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk.

 

 

Last Precinct

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2000 by Putnam Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399146251

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When Kay Scarpetta is mandated to investigate the 400-year-old violent death of one of America's first settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, it seems like the perfect match: modern technology's savviest avatar versus an age-old crime. In a case ranging from an 18th-century murder to mortal risk in present day, "The Last Precinct" pits Scarpetta against a rogue enemy who will stop at nothing to eliminate her.

 

 

Blow Fly

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2003 by Putnam Adult     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399150890

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The world's number-one-bestselling crime writer is back with another scorching thriller featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in quest of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida. There she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

 

 

Trace: Scarpetta

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2012 by Berkley Books     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780425250310

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Richmond, Virginia's recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta's help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Scarpetta dislikes instantly, meddles with the case.

Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are embroiled in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen-year-old girl, working with the smallest pieces of evidence--traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak--and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear...

 

 

Predator

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2005 by Putnam Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399152832

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Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston; one that at first appears as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team--Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli--to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now. "Predator" is proof once again that Patricia Cornwell has few peers with her extraordinary ability to entertain and enthrall.

 

 

Book of the Dead

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2007 by Putnam Adult     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399153938

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Kay Scarpetta faces a string of the most baffling and terrifying crimes of her career in the extraordinary new novel from Americas #1 bestselling crime writer. The "book of the dead" is the morgue log in which all cases are entered by hand. For Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.

 

 

Scarpetta Factor

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399156397

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From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta-despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN- to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast, she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatric patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package-possibly a bomb-waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionairess with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
Scarpetta's CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called "The Scarpetta Factor." Given the bizarre events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a "special factor," a mythical ability to solve all her cases. She wonders if she will end up like other TV personalities: her own stereotype.
"The Scarpetta Factor," the seventeenth in the series, finds the familiar cast of characters together again in New York. Marino is working for the NYPD; Benton Wesley uses his forensic psychological expertise at Kirby and Bellevue; and Lucy continues to dazzle with her expertise in forensic computer investigations as she works yet another case with NY prosecutor Jaime Berger.


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Port Mortuary

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2010 by Putnam Adult     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399157219

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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."
-"The New York Times Book Review"

"Port Mortuary," the title of Patricia Cornwell's eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high- tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship.
As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.

 

 

Red Mist

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2011 by Thorndike Press     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781410444059

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"Thorndike Press large print basic"--T.p. verso.