Scarpetta (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 2, 2008 - Fiction - 592 pages
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View our feature on Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta.

From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

A good whodunit that suffers from an overdose of emotions by our geek-scientist heroine. Every where you turn, Scarpetta is emoting over this or that. The plot was engaging and the reveal at its ... Read full review

Review: Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta #16)

User Review  - Geri Taylor - Goodreads

I'm just not as into Scarpetta as I used to be. It seems there was so much STUFF other than the crime going on, that I lost interest in the story. Is someone ghostwriting this series now? Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Patricia Cornwell is the winner of the 1991 Edgar Award, Britain's John Creasey Award, the Antony Award, and the MacCavity Award for best first mystery novel. She lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her latest novel, "From Potter's Field, " was a #1 "New York Times" bestseller.

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