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Scarpetta Collection Vol I, the: Postmortem and Body of Evidence: 1 (Kay Scarpetta) [Hardcover]

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20 Oct 2003 Kay Scarpetta
Fans of Patricia Cornwell, the number one megastar who virtually invented the forensic thriller, will rejoice to see her first two novels, "Postmortem" and "Body of Evidence, " united in this much-anticipated omnibus volume. Hugely successful when they were first published, these are the two novels that brought Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to the book-reading world. They are presented here complete and unabridged. "Postmortem" A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalized and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is little pattern: the killer appears to strike at random -- but always early on Saturday mornings. When Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is awakened at 2:33 A.M., she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim, and she fears now for those who may follow unless she finds the forensic evidence that can break the case. But not everyone wants her help. Not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation before she can find the killer. "Body of Evidence" A reclusive writer is dead, and her final manuscript has disappeared... Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West -- but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer inside. Thus begins for Dr. Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who would brutally slash and then neatly decapitate her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl's enigmatic relationship with a prizewinning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript. As Scarpetta retraces Beryl's footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (20 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743255801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743255806
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,334,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Scarpetta 25 April 2003
I have read every single one of the Scarpetta series many times over, and each book is as good as the last. Some people are saying that the last couple are boring and are not worth reading but they are wrong. The books have a progression, in the first we watch Scarpetta finding her feet in a new job with new people and then towards the end we find her losing her lover, Benton Wesley, we watch her world basically crumble around her, where it gets to the point that she will eventually leave Virginia. The later books deal with the emotional aftermath she must face after losing yet another person she loves so much.
Scarpetta is so involved in her work that the people she chases ultimately become interested in her, the temple gault storyline was utterly convincing. Scarpetta is very good at what she does and ultimately that makes her a target for people who do not want to see her succeed, she has many political enemies as well as the psycopaths she aspires to catch. We will see a new phase for Scarpetta now, a change if you like but she still has the two most important people in her life with her, Lucy and Marino, and the three of them will continue to fight for people who cannot fight for themselves. She wants justice for the dead, when the rest of the world isn't interested.
Cornwell is a genius, utterly believable, scientifically credible, and she has created one of the greatest literary characters of our time. People who dismiss the books as boring are doing Cornwell a great injustice.
Seriously, keep reading about Scarpetta and you won't be disappointed, the storylines are intricately weaved and Cornwell makes the characters seem so human, that you cant help but be drawn into the plot, and find yourself hoping that Scarpetta will continue to fight evil for a long time to come!
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A brilliant series of P.Cornwell books, I thought that Cruel and Unusual was v.good and Body Farm was brilliant, haven't read Black Notice as yet, i'm waiting for the paper-back version.
All in all, well worth buying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the start of a great series 19 April 2000
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I have read all the Scarpetta books and have to say that the first 2 are fantastic the rest very good but the last 2 are starting to be a bit dissapointing, if you have to read any go for these first ones, they are gripping stuff, you will not want to put down, the introduction to Kay Scarpetta and her associates is wonderful, in fact everything up to Point of Origin is well worth a read but from then on don't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a long-lasting saga 17 Nov 2013
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This omnibus represents great value, if a little unwieldy to read. To get three books, still in reasonable quality, at such a price was a good bargain and has confirmed me as a fan of Patricia Cornwell's work. I even follow her on Twitter!
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