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All That Remains
Young lovers are being targeted and murdered. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is unable to find cause of death in the first four couples because their skeletal remains rendered no clues. Unfortunately another couple turns up missing and there is a chance to finally get some answers but Kay and her partner in crime fighting, Detective Marino, encounter the run around from the FBI. Kay uncovers the aweful fact that the victims' bodies have been tam...
Black Notice
An unidentified corpse arrives in a cargo ship, offering precious clues as to the murdered man's identity. Enter Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, whose investigation leads her across the Atlantic to Interpol's headquarters in France. She soon discovers that the dead man came from a very wealthy family and was also involved in a criminal cartel which may be linked to Scarpetta's intrepid niece, ATF agent Lucy Farinelli. With the help of Pete Marino a...
Blow Fly
Kay Scarpetta has become a private forensic consultant after leaving her job of many years as the Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia. Kay meets Nic Robillard, an investigator from Louisiana, while teaching a class at the National Forensic Academy. A coroner from Nic's hometown needs Scarpetta's forensic services to help solve a murder that may be connected to the disappearances of many young woman in the area. Nic is somehow involved but Kay is not c...
Body of Evidence
An author, Beryl Madison, ends up in the Chief Medical Examiner's office as a patient. Her death seems to revolve around the manuscript she was writing which is now missing. Kay Scarpetta finds herself experiencing what Beryl lived her last days. She is being stalked and threatened. Scarpetta strongly believes if she can track down this manuscript she can save her own life. However, the medical examiner meets much resistance as she learns she is no...

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Cause of Death
While relieving one of Virginia's Medical Examiners due to a family emergency, Kay, the Chief M.E., encounters more than she bargined for. Her first case proves to be more than an average death. After threats on her life and the murder of a co-worker, Kay learns this death is connected to an organized cult. Marino and Scarpetta are racing to discover what all the clues they found mean before more people have to die. ...
Cruel and Unusual
Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, must autopsy a convicted murderer after the execution. Afterwards, a murder occured with the executed inmate's signature all over it. More murdered victims were discovered, yet all were mysteriously connected to the dead man. When one of Kay's own assistants is added to the dead man's killing spree, fear pushes the investigation even harder. Knowing a dead man cannot be responsible for this, Kay and crim...
From Potter's Field
When a young woman is murdered and propped up against a fountain in a New York park, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects based on the similar M.O. that it is the handiwork of Temple Brooks Gault, a serial killer who has eluded capture for years. Along with Pete Marino, Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy, Scarpetta travels to New York with the hopes of apprehending Gault. The book ends dramatically with a final desperate confrontation deep within ...
From Potters Field
Temple Brookes Gault, Kay Scarpetta's nemesis, is back, and his new victim is a young woman found nude and shot in Central Park. Soon, Kay finds herself caught in his games of death and deception, and as time runs out, Scarpetta is drawn into a battle that he sets up, in order to stop the madman....
Hornet's Nest
Charlotte Observer police beat reporter Andy Brazil is tired of his life after college. He lives with his shut in, alcoholic mother and works out when not putting in long hours at the newspaper. He wants to be a cop like his deceased father. A series of gruesome serial murders have occurred and the police are looking inept. The politicians are pointing fingers at Chief of Police Judy Hammer, a woman. Hammer authorizes Brazil to ride along with deput...
Isle Of Dogs
Trooper Andy Brazil starts a new website that becomes the focus of much confusion. The Governor, his family and staff, the Chief of Police, a crooked dentist, a gang, and residents of Tangiere Island, humorously become pawns in the confusion of the Trooper Truth website. This site is the common denominator that changes the lives of many in ways unimagined including criminals of all kinds. This book reveals the comical side to life bringing to light muc...

Patricia Cornwell list of books

Point Of Origin
Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta finds herself facing her nemesis, Carrie Grethen. Unsure of how Carrie is involved, she must probe deeper into Carrie's past which is a painful experience for Kay's neice, Lucy. A vicious murder spree camouflaged by fire brings in the FBI. The most heinous murder of all is of one of the Bureau's agents. Now, relentless as ever, Kay and her neice Lucy pursue the deranged killer and want to see her dead....
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed (Thriller/Action)
To solve a century-old murder sometimes it takes the mind of a crime novelist to think as a killer would. In her book, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed, Patricia Cornwell has presented the most plausible suspect yet in the notorious crime spree of "Jack the Ripper" infamous for the gruesome series of prostitute slayings in London the late 1800's. In addition to her ability to break down the facts of the case in an organized fashion, Co...
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed (Biography)
This is a book about using science/facts to determine who Jack the Ripper was, therefore it's hard to really classify this book. It focuses on Walter Richard Sickert, a famous artist, and compares Sickert's life with Jack the Ripper's. There is a strong if unbreakable case for Sickert being the Ripper....
Post Mortem
Dr. Scarpetta is looking into the deaths of four young women who all seem to be killed the same way- she suspects a serial killer and the whole town is in fear. The killer has a similar pattern- he looks for women who live alone, always climbing through a window, raping the victim before he brutally kills her. He has no known pattern in choosing his/her victims. But one small detail in the latest murder of a surgeon triggers the solution to the case. But...
Postmortem
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, is on the case of a serial killer. She and/or her office is also being blamed for the leaks about the case to the media. Hard edged Officer Marino is also working on the case and believes that what Kay says is true; the leaks are not through her and they develop a kind of love/hate/friendship relationship and start working together to get the killer. The killer is increasing with his level of violence with each mu...
Predator
Now a Director of the National Forensic Academy, Dr. Kay Scarpetta is able to use her formidable skills on myriad investigations. But someone is aware of her every move, manipulating her towards a situation where she would become the prey. Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best - persuading the dead to speak to her. And in Boston, Benton Wesley is working on a...

Patricia Cornwell novels

Scarpetta
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a celebrity forensic pathologist, is asked by the New York DA's office to interview Oscar Bane, the prime suspect in the death of his girlfriend. Terri Bridges. Bane would not cooperate with the NYPD unless he met with Scarpetta because he does not trust police and doctors. He makes an exception of Scarpetta whom he saw on CNN. In the interview which takes place at Bellevue Hospital where was admitted voluntarily for his own pro...
Southern Cross
A gang is committing crimes in Richmond, Virginia. A string of ATM robberies turns to vicious murder. Andy Brazil works with Chief Hammer and Depurty Chief West to solve these and other crimes that the Pike Gang has taken credit for. Meanwhile, other events in Richmond are taking place and offer comic relief for spectators. Some, like Mr. Bubba Fluck, feel they should step forward to offer assistance to the police department. It all comes together in...
The Body Farm
Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the super sleuth of Patricia Cornwell's series of forensic-based crime novels, has returned for another difficult murder mystery needing her special skills and insights to flush out the perpetrator and solve the case. Scarpetta is joined by unit chief Benton Wesley, her prodigy niece Lucy, and homicide detective Captain Pete Marino and together they try to find the killer of a little girl. Cornwell introduces th...
The Last Precinct
After thwarting a murder attempt, Kay Scarpetta finds herself coping by busying herself in her work. A series of grisly murders appear to be unconnected to the apprehended Wolfman, Jean-Baptiste Chandonne, but Kay soon discovers otherwise. ...
Trace
Kate Scarpetta, a former Chief medical examiner in Virginia, Richmond, now resides in South Florida. She, along with her good friend, Marino, also formerly of Virginia, are summoned to her former workplace by the new chief medical examiner, Dr. Joel Marcus. Scarpetta and Marino are asked to investigate the murder of a 14 year old girl named Gilly Paulsson. While trying to pry the details of the murder from Gilly's game-playing, supposedly grief-strick...
Unnatural Exposure
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, was investigating suspected multiple homicides by a single killer in England when a female torso was discovered at a landfill near her home similar to the style of killings in England. Investigations leading into this woman's unnatural death prompted massive media frenzy of a serial killer on the loose. Dr. Scarpetta soon started to receive e-mails from the killer who goes by the name of Deadoc wi...


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