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Book 21, Scarpetta - A Scarpetta Novel

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

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 engineering grad student Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial in her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial manager, and Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

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.

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


I have read every book in this series, the AndY Brazil and Win Garano series. I had hoped that this one would be better then the last two. But not to be. I feel as the writer’s bordom with the charater is showing. The books use to not have such a cookie cutter read.

Don't Bother

Have read many of her books, this one was a total disappointment. The story line was very disconnected and it just seemed to drag on forever.

Struggled to finish.

The book dragged on and on.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Nov 12, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 21, Scarpetta
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