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From America's #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk — and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered — and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city — an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

Review:

"At the start of bestseller Cornwell's plodding 16th thriller to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after Book of the Dead), the forensic pathologist — who recently relocated to Belmont, Mass., with her forensic psychologist husband — is called to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital for reasons that don't become clear until she gets there. Oscar Bane, who voluntarily committed himself to Bellevue while denying he brutally murdered his girlfriend, refuses to speak to anyone except the high-profile Scarpetta. Bane, Scarpetta discovers, is obsessed with her. Meanwhile, someone masquerading as Scarpetta is lurking in cyberspace and supplying an online gossip site with dirty secrets about the doctor. For help on the murder case, Scarpetta turns to her computer whiz niece and a macho former colleague whose shocking actions in Book of the Dead severely damaged his relationship with Scarpetta. With a plot full of holes and frustrating red herrings, this entry falls short of the high standard set by earlier volumes in this iconic series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Autopsy report on "Scarpetta," by Patricia Cornwell.

Condition on arrival: D.O.A.

Description of corpus: Rigor mortis set in with this suspense series somewhere around entry No. 12, "Blow Fly." In an attempt to resuscitate the series (and to compete with all those other medical examiners popping up on TV cop shows), the author resorted to extreme measures: Murder... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"The blend of forensic investigation and high-tech intrigue will please Scarpetta's legions of fans." Booklist

Review:

"The title perfectly suits a challenging mystery that's only a pendant to the endless soap opera revolving around a heroine who just can't stop posing for Mt. Rushmore." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why.

 

But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologists disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

 

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

Synopsis:

Unabridged CDs • 11 CDs, 12 hours From America’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Book of the Dead, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper & #151; Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem — the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure 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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Katherine Adams, January 5, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Adams)
A great book following her last one, which left readers upset and disappointed about the future of a major character. That question is answered in a deft way.

Not only did Cornwell provide the usual twists and turns on the road to the end, but "Scarpetta" answered and/or filled in the backgrounds of the characters regular readers know.

The characters and their relationships -- even though we know them quite well at this point -- were more textured than Cornwell's other books, which made the read even more enjoyable. It's a longer book, but I managed --and really wanted to -- read it in one sitting. (Well, I did have to read the last 70 pages after a few hours of sleep.)

"Scarpetta" was the best of Cornwell's last few novels; I hope the next one is as satisfying.
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anna green, December 24, 2008 (view all comments by anna green)
Another excellent book in the Scarpetta series. Cornwell consistently amazes me with the technical detail in her books. She manages to present highly detailed medical and forensic information without seeming dry or boring.
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JasperC, November 30, 2008 (view all comments by JasperC)
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell is a fast paced novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. If you are like me who prefers the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels then you won’t be disappointed. This novel is packed with clues and surprises that will leave you guessing until the very end. Cornwell’s description of settings and of characters are so detailed that the reader is drawn into the story like a moth to a flame. I was unable to put it down due to the intensity of the plot. My only criticism of the novel is that it ended. I enjoyed Scarpetta so much that I plan on re-reading it again. Unlike most novels that are given so much attention and hype prior to distribution this one truly deserves it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399155161
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia D.
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Children s 12-Up - Fiction - Espionage
Subject:
Women physicians
Subject:
Forensic pathologists
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Medical examiners (law)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Series:
A Scarpetta Novel
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20110915
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.56x6.45x1.82 in. 1.83 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of bestseller Cornwell's plodding 16th thriller to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after Book of the Dead), the forensic pathologist — who recently relocated to Belmont, Mass., with her forensic psychologist husband — is called to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital for reasons that don't become clear until she gets there. Oscar Bane, who voluntarily committed himself to Bellevue while denying he brutally murdered his girlfriend, refuses to speak to anyone except the high-profile Scarpetta. Bane, Scarpetta discovers, is obsessed with her. Meanwhile, someone masquerading as Scarpetta is lurking in cyberspace and supplying an online gossip site with dirty secrets about the doctor. For help on the murder case, Scarpetta turns to her computer whiz niece and a macho former colleague whose shocking actions in Book of the Dead severely damaged his relationship with Scarpetta. With a plot full of holes and frustrating red herrings, this entry falls short of the high standard set by earlier volumes in this iconic series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The blend of forensic investigation and high-tech intrigue will please Scarpetta's legions of fans."
"Review" by , "The title perfectly suits a challenging mystery that's only a pendant to the endless soap opera revolving around a heroine who just can't stop posing for Mt. Rushmore."
"Synopsis" by ,
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why.

 

But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologists disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

 

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

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Unabridged CDs • 11 CDs, 12 hours From America’s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

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