Synopses & Reviews
#1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell's modern classic features nerve-shattering suspense and one of fiction's most compelling heroines: gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Under the leafy cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster moves undetected, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta senses the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer--a "Mr. Nobody"--whose signatures offer precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she must call on the latest advances in forensic research to have a chance at unmasking the maniac. But this investigation will test Kay like no other--whoever is sabotaging her work wants her dead. The first novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, Macavity and French Prix du Roman d'Adventure awards in one year, Postmortem combines cutting-edge criminology with dramatic suspense.
NewsdayExcellent...well-paced, well-written...beautifully done.
Los Angeles TimesDazzling...fascinating...a first-rate thriller.
San Diego Union-TribuneTerrifying...clean, crisp and compelling...highly satisfying.
The New York Times Book ReviewReads like gangbusters!
Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human 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.
The novel that launched the career of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author and introduced gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is reissued Includes a new letter from Cornwell to fans.
About the Author
"It's important for me to live in the world I want to write about," says Patricia Cornwell "If I want a character to do or know something, I try to do or know the same thing." The award-winning former police reporter spent time working both as an employee of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner's Office and as a volunteer police officer before she wrote her first Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem. Her preparation paid off -- Postmortem was the first novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, Macavity, and French Prix du Roman d'Aventure awards in one year. She has followed that up with ten other bestselling novels featuring Kay Scarpetta. Ms. Cornwell then began a new series with her #1 New York Times bestsellers Hornet's Nest and Southern Cross. She is also the author of two cookbooks, Scarpetta's Winter Table and Food to Die For; A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham; a children's book, Life's Little Fable; and her #1 bestselling work of nonfiction, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed. She lives in New York City.