Patricia Cornwell is an American crime writer. She was born in Miami, Florida in 1956. Currently, she is 64 years old.
She is known for her best-selling novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, of which the first was inspired by a series of sensational murders in Richmond, Virginia, where most of the stories are set.
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All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black
Sue Black confronts death daily. Since Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she concentrates on mortal remains in her laboratory, in burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder, and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass deaths because of war, accident, or natural disaster.
All Remains, she shows the many faces of death she’s come to understand, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and that which her work has taught her.
Do we expect a book about death to become gloomy? Macabre? Sue’s novel is neither. There’s tragedy, but there is also humour in tales as gripping as the best crime book.
Our own departure will stay a fantastic unknown. But as an expert opinion from the last frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides.
Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell
In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the brink of a new life after her work as Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end.
At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would need to leave Richmond if she were to get any peace. She feared that she was going to be fired by the governor.
More alarming, she was hounded in the media and in the courtroom, for what some claimed was her involvement in the murder of a deputy police chief.
So Scarpetta packed up her belongings and set out for the warmth and solace of the Florida sun.
She is settling into a brand new life as a private forensic consultant and is deep into a case that has left colleagues in Louisiana profoundly disturbed. A woman is found dead in a seedy hotel, dressed to go out, keys in her hand.
Her history of blackouts, and her violent outbursts while under their spell, offer more questions than clues about the cause of her passing.
Then Scarpetta receives news that chills her to the core: Jean-Baptiste Chandonne – the vicious and unrepentant Wolfman, who pursued her to her very doorstep – asks to see her.
From his cell on death row, he demands an audience with the legendary Dr. Scarpetta. Only to her will, ” he informs the secrets that he knows the authorities desire: the evidence that will bring a global investigation to a swift conclusion.
Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and her colleague Detective Pete Marino are left to wonder: After all the death and destruction, what sort of endgame could this violent psychopath have in mind? And could this request be somehow related to the Louisiana case?
Her friends and family by her side, Scarpetta must unravel a twisting conspiracy with an international reach and confront theshock of her life – a blow that will force her to question the loyalty and trust of all she holds dear.
Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell
It is New Year’s Eve, the last day of Virginia’s bloodiest year since the Civil War. Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a ship graveyard to recoup the very human remains of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter.
What kind of story was Eddings pursuing below the icy surface of the Elizabeth River?
She soon discovers that Eddings’ murder is only the initial layer of something much deeper — a labyrinthine conspiracy that will put all her offender and forensic knowledge to the test like never before.
For Scarpetts, the real challenge will not be cataloging the expanding number of dead bodies but preventing herself and those she loves from becoming the upcoming victims.
Chasing the Ripper by Patricia Cornwell
In 2001, #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell was pulled to a real-life evaluation of her own–the long-unsolved and deeply unsettling”Jack the Ripper” murders that mesmerized London in the late 1800s.
Applying modern science and forensic methods into a century-old offense, Cornwell’s study led to the book of Portrait of a Killer,” where she identified the renowned British painter Walter Sickert as the Ripper.
The publication became a #1 bestseller but also embroiled Cornwell in controversy since Ripperologists dismissed her promises and her credibility.
But for Cornwell, the book was just the start. For more than a decade, Cornwell has devoted countless hours and spent millions in her pursuit of fresh signs against Sickert.
Within this exclusive Kindle Single, Cornwell restates her case against Sickert, unveils new signs, explains his motivations, and makes him human–and, along the way, explains how such a prominent cultural figure might be a notorious killer.
She also directly faces her critics with withering skill and, in doing so, is very likely to re-ignite the argument over history’s most heinous unsolved crime.
Chasing the Ripper offers a surprisingly private and revealing look into exactly what it’s been like for Cornwell to pursue the most sensational murder case in criminal history–much as she continues to delight her fans with a steady diet of new Scarpetta books, including Flesh and Blood, her newest New York Times bestseller.
Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
As Scarpetta watches she comes to grips with terrifying secrets about her niece, whom she loves like a daughter.
That very first clip and others sent soon after increase dangerous implications that isolate Scarpetta and leave her perplexed, alarmed, and not knowing where to turn.
She doesn’t know whom she can tell — maybe not her FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not Lucy.
Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters onto an intensely psychological odyssey that comprises the bizarre death of a Hollywood mogul’s daughter, wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a gruesome present left at the rear of a crime scene truck, and videos in the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta’s whole globe and everyone she loves.
The diabolical existence and “depraved heart” supporting what unfolds appears obvious – but curiously, not to the FBI.
Certainly, that’s the message they send when they start harassing Lucy and start building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
In the most recent novel in her bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell captivates readers with the jolting twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail for which she is renowned, demonstrating yet again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime author.
Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
It’s a sunny morning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday. She is going to head to Miami for a holiday with Benton Wesley, her FBI-profiler husband, when she sees seven pennies on a wall behind their property.
Can it be a kids’ game? And if so, why are all the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted?
Her cell phone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes off.
A high school teacher was shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet no one saw or heard something.
Looking for more hints that only she is able to find and analyse, Scarpetta embarks on the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except miniature fragments of aluminum…
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Four women with nothing in common, united only in death. Four brutalized victims of a dazzling creature – a”Mr. Nobody”, moving undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage… but few hints.
With skilled hands, an unerring eye, and the latest advances in forensic research, an unrelenting female medical examiner – Kay Scarpetta – is determined to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to undermine Kay’s evaluation from the interior. And worse yet, someone wants her dead …
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable sciencefiction. And for many years it was equally baffling for scientists .
Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this basic scientific revolution and the divisive debate in its heart.
For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality . Nevertheless Kumar shows how the golden era of physics ignited the best intellectual argument of the twentieth century.
Quantum sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age. In 1925 the quantum leaders almost all hailed by upper-middle-class academic families; many were German; and their average age was 24.
Nevertheless, it was their ridiculous, romantic soul, formed in response to the mechanised slaughter of the First World War that inspired their will to examine science to its limitations.
The critical read for anyone fascinated by this complex and thrilling narrative and by the group of young guys during its heart.
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
The brand new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer. Determined to learn what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels into the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has data not only on Fielding, but on a series of gruesome killings.
The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young girl on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated.
But Scarpetta finds connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and also an attempt on her life is simply the start of something far more detrimental: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who will stop it.
Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell
From New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell comes Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert, a thorough and intriguing exposé of one of the planet’s most chilling cases of serial murder–as well as the police force that failed to resolve it.
Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert created a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish character of his artas well as extensive signs –points to another name, one that has left its bloody mark on the pages of background: Jack the Ripper.
Cornwell has accumulated never-before-seen archival material–such as a rare mortuary photo, personal correspondence, and a will using a mysterious autopsy clause–and employed cutting-edge science to open an old offense to new scrutiny.
The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell
The Body Farm – a research institute that assesses the decomposition of corpses. Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy small town in which the local police deal with one homicide annually, if they’re unlucky, and where people are still getting accustomed to the idea of locking their doors at night.
But violent death isn’t a respecter of venue, and the discovery of the corpse of an 11-year-old girl sends shock waves throughout the community.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner on a similar situation in Virginia, is called in to apply her forensic skills to the latest atrocity, but the apparent simplicity of the case proves something of a poisoned chalice – until Scarpetta finds enlightenment during the curious pathologists’ playground known as the Body Farm.
Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
Virginia Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has a bloody puzzle on her hands: five headless, limbless cadavers in Ireland, plus four similar victims in a landfill back home.
That’s what the panicked public thinks, thanks to some local TV reporter who got the leaked news from her boyfriend, Scarpetta’s vile rival, Investigator Percy Ring.
But the butchered bodies are so many red herrings intended to throw idiots like Ring off the track. Instead of a run-of-the-mill serial killer, we’re dealing with a shadowy figure who has plans involving mutant smallpox, mass murder, and messing with Scarpetta’s mind by e-mailing her gory photos of the murder scenes, together with cryptic AOL chat-room messages.
The coolest innovation: Scarpetta’s gorgeous genius niece, Lucy, equips her with a DataGlove and a VPL Eyephone, and she takes a creepy virtual tour of the e-mailed crime scene.
Unnatural Exposure boasts brisk storytelling, crackling dialogue, evocative prose about forensic-science sleuthing, and crisp character sketches, both of familiar characters like Scarpetta’s gruff partner Pete Marino and bit players like the landfill employee falsely accused by Ring.
Plus, let’s face it: serial killers are old hat. Cornwell’s most vivid villains are highly plausible backstabbing colleagues like Ring, who plots to destroy Lucy’s FBI career by outing her as a homosexual.
Some readers object to the somewhat abrupt ending, but, hey, it’s less jarring than Hannibal’s, and it is the logical culmination of Cornwell’s philosophy about human nature.
To illuminate the novel’s finale, read Cornwell’s remarks on paranoia in her Amazon.com interview. –Tim Appelo