Body of Evidence

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Pocket Books, 1999 - Fiction - 403 pages
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#1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell (Postmortem) returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense fiction classic.

A reclusive author, Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls -- or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence -- while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows.

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Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia and heroine of Postmortem , gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death in Richmond of romance writer Beryl Madison. Now Madison's greedy ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

It's important for me to live in the world I want to write about," says Patricia Cornwell. "If I want a character to do or know something, I try to do or know the same thing." The award-winning former police reporter spent time working both as an employee of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner's Office and as a volunteer police officer before she wrote her first Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem. Her preparation paid off -- Postmortem was the first novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, Macavity, and French Prix du Roman d'Aventure awards in one year. There are nine bestselling novels featuring Kay Scarpetta. Ms. Cornwell then began a new series with her #1 New York Times bestsellers Hornet's Nest and Southern Cross. She is also the author of a cookbook, Scarpetta's Winter Table; a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, A Time for Remembering; and a children's book, Life's Little Fable. She lives in Richmond and New York City.

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