‘A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller’ BBC
‘With plenty of the forensic detail that Cornwell fans have come to expect from her works this is a fast-paced and exciting read. Cornwell certainly lives up to her title of America's most chilling modern writer' Express and Star
‘She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped’ Mail on Sunday
PRAISE FOR PATRICIA CORNWELL & THE KAY SCARPETTA NOVELS:
‘Cornwell’s books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear’ The Times
‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns’ Mirror
‘Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best’ Daily Express
‘When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell’ New York Times Book Review
‘Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author’s imagination’ USA Today
‘Dazzling… After reading Cornwell’s thriller, most others will pale in comparison’ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense’ Booklist
‘Cornwell’s instincts are dead-on.’ Chicago Sun-Times
‘Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy’ Publishers Weekly
From the Inside Flap
In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize - the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.
Today, Cornwell's novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Fox 2000 is actively developing a feature film about Kay Scarpetta. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.