Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell

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Kay Scarpetta is starting over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina. And the death of a sixteen-year-old tennis star will usher in a string of murders more baffling—and terrifying—than any that have come before.
 

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 September 2, 2008 by Berkley. 428 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Book of the Dead is the 15th Scarpetta story, but Cornwell has begun to spread her attentions, breaking the pace of annual publication she kept up for the first decade and interspersing her Scarpetta novels with uneasy attempts at Florida satires in the Carl Hiassen style ("The Andy Brazil Series...

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Publishers Weekly

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Bestseller Cornwell's 15th novel to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after 2005's Predator ) delivers her trademark grisly crime scenes, but lacks the coherence and emotional resonance of earlier books.

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Examiner

Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell's latest addition to her wildly popular Kay Scarpetta series, Scarpetta, goes on sale today, December 2nd, and boy, is it a doozy.

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Book Reporter

Dr. Self is determined to take revenge on Scarpetta, even making sure she dies, because Scarpetta testified against her in a court case that Self lost.

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The Bookbag

When lawyer Emma Feldman and her husband Steven decided to buy a holiday home to give them the opportunity for much needed breaks from their hectic professional lives, they brought an old colonial house in the woods by Lake Mondac in Wisconsin, on foreclosure – it seemed like the deal of a lifetime.

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The Bookbag

In Book of the Dead, we're transported across multiple viewpoints: Scarpetta's of course, but also the killer's, Dr Self's, Marino's, his girlfriend's - plus all the third-person external narrative - all of which dilutes the tension and adds to a sense of confusion.

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The Bookbag

In Book of the Dead, we're transported across multiple viewpoints: Scarpetta's of course, but also the killer's, Dr Self's, Marino's, his girlfriend's - plus all the third-person external narrative - all of which dilutes the tension and adds to a sense of confusion.

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Pajiba

I’ve also read the book she wrote since Book of the Dead, which is a much better novel and closer in tone and character development to the older novels, but Book of the Dead is just plain horrible.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Scarpetta is the 17th addition to the award-winning Kay Scarpetta series, after Book of the Dead (2007).

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Oprah.com

In Patricia Cornwell's bone-chilling Book of the Dead (Putnam), a damaged Iraq war veteran and an unhinged TV shrink are among those who unleash the violence and collateral damage of obsession.

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