Book of the Dead (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction]
by Patricia Cornwell
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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. Moving to 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 competent death investigation and modern 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 her out of town. And that's before the murders and other violent deaths even begin. A 16-year-old tennis star, fresh from a tourament win in Charleston, is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. 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. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never any 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.
Book of the Dead
I'm so glad I borrowed this book and did not purchase it. As a FORMER Cornwell fan, I am saddened to say her books are no longer worth my precious time. I read to be entertained, not to be politically swayed by soapbox spouting or personal political beliefs or agendas. Stick to purely fiction, Patricia. You're views are no more important than mine-I just don't have an avenue to express them as broad as yours.
Book of the Dead
I enjoyed this book enough to purchase it both in hardcover and in audio form. I'm dismayed at the comments of some other reviewers. Are writers of modern fiction not entitled to their own political opinions? By my lights, differing points of view are what give fiction its life-force. How boring would it be if we only read books by authors whose politics matched our own?
A great read ( or hear)
Patricia Cornwell delivers as always. The reader is easy to understand, and the story keeps you on your toes. It is great that a writer and integrate politics and mystery. This is another great Scarpetta novel. Highly recommend it