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Book of the Dead No. 15 by Patricia Cornwell (2007, Hardcover)

Patricia Cornwell | ISBN-10: 0399153934 | ISBN-13: 9780399153938
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From America's # 1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel. The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, a ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to take on a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace, not only personally and professionally but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to modern, competent death investigation technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run Scarpetta out of town. And that's before the murders and other violent deaths even begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Kay Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones confronting her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write in her own. The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

Product Identifiers
ISBN-100399153934
ISBN-139780399153938

Key Details
AuthorPatricia Cornwell
Number Of Pages416 pages
SeriesKay Scarpetta Ser.
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2007-10-23
LanguageEnglish
PublisherPenguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Additional Details
Series Volume NumberNo. 15
Copyright Date2007

Dimensions
Weight22.3 Oz
Height1.4 In.
Width6.3 In.
Length9.5 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade
Grade FromEighth Grade
Age Range14

Classification Method
LCCN2007-028170
LC Classification NumberPS3553
Dewey Decimal813/.54
Dewey Edition22

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If Michelin rated mysteries, this would get three stars. Book of the Deadby Patricia Cornwell. Charles Dickens would be impressed with both characters in this book and their names, e.g. Dr, Marilyn Self, a malignantly conniving deranged TV psychiatrist. The tale’s heroine, Kay Scarpetta, is a private forensic pathologist grappling with the murder of a famous teenage American tennis champ in Rome. At the same time she has to deal with the murder of a malnourished and badly beaten child. Scarpetta’s relations with her colleagues, not to mention those with her significant other, are tumultuous and tangled. All these characters have varying levels of unredeeming traits. What a walloping, riveting mix of mystery, adventure and psychology, author Cornell certainly is skilled at dissecting the not always attractive innards of human nature. —Forbes Magazine

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Created: 10/10/07

Kay Scarpetta is back! HARDCOVER 2007

Review For: Book of the Dead No. 15 by Patricia Cornwell (2007, Hardcover)

Kay Scarpetta's back in a new city with a new job and a new nemesis! After her Florida battle with a psychopath, Kay moves to Charleston, South Carolina and opens a private forensic pathology practice where she offers expert crime scene investigations. It isn't long before she is jetting to Rome to investigate the horrible murder of a young tennis star. It seems trouble always follows her and so when she returns to Charleston she realizes that a rash of covert acts of sabotage are clearly meant to scare her out of town. There is also a string of baffling and gruesome murders that is sweeping Charleston and Kay has to figure out why so many names have been written in the "book of the dead,".... the morgue log. She has to find the answer soon or her own name may join the list.
Another great book from Ms. Cornwell. I like the Kay Scarpetta mysteries,they grab and hold you until the last page. This book will have you squirmming in your seat with fear since the killer is methodical and diabolical on what he is doing. Ms. Cornwell 's novel is well written with plenty of nail biting scenes. Scarpetta is back in true form.

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Created: 12/07/07

Gripping Thriller! LARGE PRINT 2007

Kay Scarpetta moves to Charleston, South Carolina and opens a private forensic pathology practice. She also offers crime scene investigations. Before long she is jetting to Rome to investigate the murder of a young tennis star. It seems trouble always follows her and so when she returns to Charleston she realizes that a rash of covert acts of sabotage are clearly meant to scare her out of town. There is also a string of baffling and gruesome murders that is sweeping Charleston and Kay has to figure out why so many names have been written in the "book of the dead,".... the morgue log. She has to find the answer soon or her own name may join the list.
Another great book from Ms. Cornwell. I like the Kay Scarpetta mysteries, since I think they are her best.

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Created: 03/04/08

BOOK OF THE DEAD

Review For: Book of the Dead No. 15 by Patricia Cornwell (2007, Hardcover)

GETTING BACK TO THE WAY THE STORIES FIRST STARTED. I WANT MARINO BACK. IF HE TURNS UP DEAD I WILL NOT BE HAPPY. DONT LIKE BENTON. I DONT THINK HE CARES ABOUT KAY & I THINK HE SHOULD JUST DISAPPEAR. I AM TIRED OF LUCY. SHE IS A HOT HEAD & A BRAT. I KNOW KAY LOVES HER BUT SHE HAS GOT TO GO OR HAVE A MAJOR ATTITUDE CHANGE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE STORIES GO BACK TO MORE INVESTAGATIONS LIKE THE EARLIER ONES. I BOUGHT THE BOOK BECAUSE I LIKE PATRICIA CORNWELL & WILL BUY WHAT EVER SHE WRITES.

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Created: 03/01/08

love medical mysteries? this one's GREAT!

Review For: Book of the Dead No. 15 by Patricia Cornwell (2007, Hardcover)

I am a HUGE fan of any of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels, and this one was no exception! Book of the Dead has all of the usual interesting characters, as well as introducing a few more. Even if you have not read her other Scarpetta novels, you will enjoy this one. It's not really necessary to read the books "in order" because each book has it's own storyline, and references to previous characters or plots are well explained.
There is a HUGE HUGE question at the end of the book, but I can't tell you what the question is without giving away a big part of what happens. When you read the book and get to the last few pages, you'll know exactly what I mean. ENJOY!!!

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Created: 03/28/08

Kay at her best

Review For: Book of the Dead No. 15 by Patricia Cornwell (2007, Hardcover)

Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (2007) Kay Scarpetta's back in a new city with a new job and a new nemesis. Great read - Highly recommended.

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