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Scarpetta - A Scarpetta Novel

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From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.

A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.

In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.

With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 16, 2013 – At the start of bestseller Cornwell's 21st novel starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after 2012's The Bond Bed), Scarpetta, now the director of the Cambridge Forensic Center and chief medical examiner of Massachusetts, receives a call from Det. Pete Marino, who like her has relocated from Virginia, about a body found on the MIT campus. Scarpetta is quick to recognize similarities between this killing and ones her husband, Benton Wesley, and his FBI colleagues at the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Washington, D.C., are investigating. The Cambridge victim, Gail Shipton, was suing a powerful international company, Double S, and her former financial manager, Dominic Lombardi. Aided by Benton, Scarpetta soon realizes that Benton's boss, Ed Granby, will do anything to thwart their investigation. One of Scarpetta's former bosses tells her that it's "not the job of a forensic pathologist to make deductions," but she does that as well as the best detectives. Cornwell's strength remains the intricate details of forensic examinations as her heroes fight to uncover both a serial killer and a high-level cover-up.

Customer Reviews


Not a very good book. I wasted my money buying this book. I will not buy more of her books . Just stick with James Patterson one of the best writers today. Ben Dendy


I struggled to get through the book. Way too wordy on the way to the plot. The detail of ever scene was way over the top and wandered all over the board. Seldom make a comment on a book but this one was so bad felt I needed to.

The Dust

Awesome, as always! I couldn't put it down, and as happens when I'm reading an exceptionally good book, I was sorry to see it end!

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Nov 12, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Scarpetta
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