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Dust (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries #21)

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ISBN13: 9780399157578
ISBN10: 0399157573
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From the world's number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she's awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.

A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it's suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she's been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts its a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she's covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don't want the killer caught.

In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.

With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise — and to thrill.

Synopsis:

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, shes recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call.

The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green and sapphire blue.

Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer.

The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain — or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem-the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime
novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

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mk.ziegler3, November 22, 2013 (view all comments by mk.ziegler3)
Cornwell never ceases to amaze me! Great story. The beginning finds Dr. Kay Scarpetta in bed, sick, after being at the Newtown disaster. Some of the reviews I've read were put off by this but I found it to be very personal and an important part of Kay's character. Scarpetta is, of course, hauled out of bed by Marino to a murder scene. There are some flash backs at this point that were a nice touch about Kay and Marino's past.

The chapters about the first crime screen moved very slowly. Too much about Kay's concerns about Benton (her husband) and his overbearing boss. Kay Scarpetta worries too much and if you know the character at all, this is normal. It's just that I don't want to hear it over and over.

The book really get's interesting once the body is taken in for autopsy. WOW!! I always wish I had a dictionary by my side but I don't want to stop reading to look something up!! The state of the art technology Cornwell describes is amazing.

The book really picks up at this point and the next few chapters surrounding the second crime scene and discovery of one of the "bad guys" is fast paced and fulfilling. I really enjoyed the end of the book. Cornwell takes us to Florida and we have time with Kay's Mom and Sister. This personal touch was wonderful. Too often Cornwell's books have too little of this side of the characters. Some good old fashioned personal time with Benton would be nice!

All in all, well worth your time. I think I may start the series over. I kind of miss the early books with Marino as well as my favorites, Black Notice and The Last Precinct. Cornwell will always be at the top of my list!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399157578
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Author:
Reading, Kate
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Scarpetta Novel
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20131112
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, shes recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call.

The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green and sapphire blue.

Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer.

The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain — or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.

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