Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
A Scarpetta Novel

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I read the first book in this series last year and was not real impressed by it. So I wasn’t in much of a hurry to get around to this one. But I have to tell you – I am glad I did read it!
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Now in a new premium edition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s suspense fiction classic, featuring gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

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.
 

About Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into over thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Sciences and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Book Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Her most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, The Front, 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 Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.
 
Published December 1, 2009 by Scribner. 452 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent

As nerve-wracking as Postmortem, but much more intricate and wide-ranging: a giant step forward for Cornwell.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Apr 22 2008

This early Scarpetta thriller is one of the best forensic tales written in the past decade or two, as the heroine works a difficult case with intelligence and aplomb while the readers obtain deep insight into the working of a medical examiner.

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Excellent
on Jan 16 2006

Patricia Cornwell, who has written a myriad of terrific thrillers, may have written her best with the powerful entertaining BODY OF EVIDENCE.

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People

Excellent
on May 13 1991

Te smooth narrative and elegant phrases are backed by some of the best, grittiest medical reporting in the genre.

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Tales of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by Tara on Feb 23 2012

I read the first book in this series last year and was not real impressed by it. So I wasn’t in much of a hurry to get around to this one. But I have to tell you – I am glad I did read it!

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Reviewed by Amanda Shofner on Mar 27 2014

In the case the the plot is not gripping, a well-developed character can make up for this. But neither plot nor character captured my attention.

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Reviewed by Olga on Mar 25 2012

I look forward to reading the third novel in the volume and then I think I'll need to hunt down the rest.

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