Synopses & Reviews
With this novel, bestselling author Patricia Cornwell created one of crime fiction’s most compelling heroines: gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell’s gift for combining cutting edge criminology with nerve-shattering suspense makes this book a true modern classic.
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.
Los Angeles Times Dazzling...fascinating...a first-rate thriller.
The New York Times Book Review Reads like gangbusters!
San Diego Union-Tribune Terrifying...clean, crisp and compelling...highly satisfying.
Newsday Excellent...well-paced, well-written...beautifully done.
“Deaver gives new meaning to the phrase ‘chilled to the bone.”—People
“Exciting and fast-paced.”—Peter Straub
“Stylish, scary, and superb.”—Tami Hoag
“Dazzling.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A top-notch thriller....Rhyme is a great character…and Sachs a great partner. Chilling.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Lightning-paced…a breakneck thrill ride.”—The Wall Street Journal
The novel that launched the Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell is back and better than ever in a premium edition.
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.
The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensicsuntil an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York Citys pastand reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who wont stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.
Includes a preview of the brand new sequel The Skin Collector.
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. She 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.