Dust

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Oct 1, 2013 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call.

The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green and sapphire blue.

Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer.

The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain?or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.

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Cornwell's writing is slipping. - Goodreads
no plot. drawn out with a lot of not essential details. - Goodreads
I am so conflicted in writing this review.. - Goodreads
As always, love her prose style. - Goodreads
No character development of the killer or action. - Goodreads
Had a fairly coherent plot. - Goodreads

Review: Dust (Kay Scarpetta #21)

User Review  - Roderick Hart - Goodreads

As often before in this series there are tensions between some of the characters, which might not matter a lot except that the people in question are the same - Officer Marino, Scarpetta herself, and ... Read full review

Review: Dust (Kay Scarpetta #21)

User Review  - Beverly Laude - Goodreads

I have read most if not all of the Scarpetta books.....they can't be all fabulous! This was a good book! I didn't find all the problems with the grammar, but that might be because I listened to it as ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

PATRICIA CORNWELL's most recent bestsellers include The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem--the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year--and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

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