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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (6 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530476
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,418 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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Forensic pathologist Dr Kay Scarpetta has the fastest growing fan club and I've just joined up. (COSMOPOLITAN)

a very absorbing novel and it will, if you have not read them, send you scurrying to buy the others. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Cornwell is as good on character and relationships as she is at the dazzling display of scientific knowledge. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

All the elements of the genre are present, but it is Cornwell's convincing delivery which has won her a huge and loyal following. (DAILY EXPRESS)

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The fifth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Pearce on 9 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What a shame, this book had so much potential and the story line was good but there were several flaws in my opinion. The most annoying one for me was the person they suspect in the beginning of commiting the murder followed on from another book and, even though ive read them all in order, its been a while and i kept waiting for a recap in the book, like Kay thinking about her first encounter with him etc etc but it didnt come and i felt all at sea! It was like id missed a book out and i know i havent so i think thats really bad of Patricia Cornwell to leave us in the lurch like that!
The story with Lucy was cleverly weaved into the plot and i enjoyed it, personally i think it could have been a book on its own if she fleshed it out and added a bit more murder into it but thats my opinion.
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars cos i love Dr Scarpetta and the stories but unfortunately she fell a little short of her usual standard. To many ideas in one book that werent fully explained or exploited in my opinion, but deffinately worth a read if you want to follow Dr Kay Scarpetta's adventures because it will get you through.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
This story begins in the mountains of North Carolina, where eleven year old Emily Steiner lived. She had left a youth meeting at her church one afternoon and was on her way home. She never arrived. A week later, her nude, lifeless body was found.
Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner and noted forensic pathologist, is called in by the North Carolina authorities, After an initial review, she believes that the murder may have been commited by serial killer, Temple Gault. Long known to the FBI, He has managed to elude capture and remains at large. More careful review of the forensic evidence, however, leaves her with unanswered question that initially puzzle her. As she endeavors to untangle these strange and tantalizing clues, she realizes that they begin to point away from Gault and in a direction more horrifying than anyone ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta must contend with other issues closer to home. Her troubled niece, Lucy, an intern at the FBI facility at Quantico, becomes enmeshed in a legal controversy that threatens to derail her future employment hopes. Scarpetta's long time associate and homicide detective, Pete Marino, may have bitten off more than he could chew and has personally gotten involved with Emily Steiner's mother. Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta, herself, is undergoing a certain amount of personal angst over the sexual tension that is building between her and married FBI agent, Benton Wesley. All these personal concerns overlay her investigation for Emily Steiner's killer.
The forensic questions that arise from Emily's murder lead Dr. Scarpetta to "The Body Farm", a secret research facility in Tennessee, where some of the answers to her questions may be found. It is the forensic clues and their analysis by Dr. Scarpetta that provide the most interesting aspects of the book. All in all, It is another excellent addition to the Kay Scarpetta series and well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene F Pannett on 14 Aug 2013
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Just when you think you have worked it out a tangent appears shooting off in a totally obscure direction proving you're nowhere as clever as the author.
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By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
This story begins in the mountains of North Carolina, where eleven year old Emily Steiner lived. She had left a youth meeting at her church one afternoon and was on her way home. She never arrived. A week later, her nude, lifeless body was found.
Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner and noted forensic pathologist, is called in by the North Carolina authorities, After an initial review, she believes that the murder may have been committed by serial killer, Temple Gault. Long known to the FBI, he has managed to elude capture and remains at large. More careful review of the forensic evidence, however, leaves her with unanswered questions that initially puzzle her. As she endeavors to untangle these strange and tantalizing clues, she realizes that they begin to point away from Gault and in a direction more horrifying than anyone ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta must contend with other issues closer to home. Her troubled niece, Lucy, an intern at the FBI facility at Quantico, becomes enmeshed in a legal controversy that threatens to derail her future employment hopes. Scarpetta's long time associate and homicide detective, Pete Marino, may have bitten off more than he could chew and has personally gotten involved with Emily Steiner's mother. Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta, herself, is undergoing a certain amount of personal angst over the sexual tension that is building between her and married FBI agent, Benton Wesley. All these personal concerns overlay her investigation for Emily Steiner's killer.
The forensic questions that arise from Emily's murder lead Dr. Scarpetta to "The Body Farm", a secret research facility in Tennessee, where some of the answers to her questions may be found. It is the forensic clues and their analysis by Dr. Scarpetta that provide the most interesting aspects of the book. All in all, It is another excellent addition to the Kay Scarpetta series and well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scousemaid56 on 15 Aug 2013
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A very good read, just one thing wrong, I couldn't put it down, often staying up until early hours of the morning, and falling asleep while reading! I will definitely be buying more Patricia Cornwell novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jane on 4 Aug 2013
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Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
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