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Discover the "dazzling...fascinating" ( Los Angeles Times ) novel that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within--and someone wants her dead.
ISBN: 9781439148129
Branch Call Number: PB MYSTERY COR


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WVMLlibrarian Jul 05, 2013

This first novel of the Kay Scarpetta series, in which a medical examiner is pitted against a serial killer targeting women.

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Jan 21, 2018

This is the first Kay Scarpetta novel and though I read it when originally published, I still find it to be one of her best books. Excellent character development and more interesting to me than the later books involving the FBI and conspiracies. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Vincent T Lombardo Jan 25, 2015

Dr. Scarpetta has had a hard personal life and does an extremely difficult job, but, for those reasons, she is condescending, humorless, and, thus, difficult to like. Cornwell's narrative just plods along. I read to page 45 and just gave up; it was boring.

May 31, 2013

This author may have won numerous awards for her writing, but in my opinion, she is boring, with a capital B. This book is far from a "who done it ", not a page turner, has very little suspense. The most interesting character is a 10 year old girl...I'll try the next book in the Scarpetta series...I hope it is better.

Jun 23, 2012

A recommendation from a friend, and a good one! I really enjoyed it - mystery enough that it was possible to figure it out but not totally obvious.

Mar 19, 2012

Apparently, this is the first in her Kay Scarpetta series. Well-written, but predictable to an extent, if you're familiar with the genre. Still a good read.

Nov 10, 2010

I enjoy most of Cornwell's writing. This one was just so so. 5 or 10 for me.

Oct 18, 2010

The first in a series invoving Kay Scarpetta the medical examiner. The author won several prizes for this book: Edgar, Creasey, Anthony etc. and it is well worth a read.

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