Patricia Cornwell

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Book of the Dead

2008 Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller book
Fiction
US Putnam
UK Little, Brown & Company (Ed. David Shelley)
2007
From America's number one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel, Book of the Dead entered the New York Times hardcover bestseller list at number one on publication. Book of the Dead is the first novel written by an American to win the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller.

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.

Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible.

Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own.

The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.
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..classic Cornwell territory with…a sharp political element that will ensure the book isn’t on George Bush’s bedside table’
Daily Express


Patricia Cornwell is the queen of gritty, grisly, crime fiction writing
and her latest offering doesn’t disappoint. Book of the Dead will keep you gripped throughout

Heat


Hannibal Lecter, eat your liver out. Tersely written, elaborately plotted and crammed with research,
Cornwell’s writing has always been hard-boiled – but this one would crack a paving stone if dropped.

The London Paper


Cornwell is firmly back on the money here. Henry Sutton
Daily Mirror
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One thing must be said for Patricia Cornwell: she's got guts. And not just in the crime lab Marilyn Stasio
The New York Times
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