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Book Of The Dead

by Patricia Cornwell

Penguin Audio | September 9, 2008 | Audio Book (CD)

Book Of The Dead is rated 2.4286 out of 5 by 7.

From America''s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel.

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.

Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it''s time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of 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 autopsies to communities that lack 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 even before the murders and other violent deaths begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. 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 a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own.

The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 6 pages, 5.76 × 5.3 × 0.8 in

Published: September 9, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143143816

ISBN - 13: 9780143143819

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Marino a Mess! Not the best Kay Scarpetta read, but good for when i don't want to think too much about what i'm reading. It does seem, however, that Cornwell, is allowing her main characters to become a little unfrayed. I can only hope that Marino gets it together in her next Scarpetta book.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOOK OF THE DEAD As with the last two or three books, I keep picking them up and reading them, hoping to get the same rush as I used to from her books. It is just not happening. I will keep reading, hoping they come back, but the spark is gone, her writing seems to be an effort, bringing in mediocre characters, turning the good ones into bad guys. I liked it better when it was one big happy family, with a good ending leaving me warm and fuzzy until next time the adventure came, but at least you knew they could count on one another, now I am never sure, if the people they could count on will be there for them. I am extremely disappointed in the direction the books have taken lately, please go back tothe old way, it was a much more enjoyable read.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointed This was the worst Patricia Cornwell Book I have read. Much of the book was just filler. It was an effort to finish this book. Hope the next Cornwell novel is a lot better.
Date published: 2008-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from M.I.A. !! Cornwell's trademarks (i.e. the intrigues, pull, suspenses, etc.) are missing in action in this one. I have a real hard time trying to finish it, like pulling teeth. Every time I turned a page, I was hoping that it will get better. Unfortunately, it didn't.
Date published: 2008-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Having read all of the Kay Scarpetta novels, I was excited to finally open this one up after receiving it for Christmas. The story flows well, has many exciting moments and gives us more insight to the complicated lives off the four main. A continued drama of tragedy and humanity unfolds behind the main story of the hunt for a killer. Cornwell once again reminds us of how politics get in the way of justice all the time. The only thing that disappointed me was that there are times when the outcome is vague, but that is the way she writes and who am I to complain.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What happened I have been a die hard Patricia Cornwell fan since I read "Post Mortem". I have been hooked on the life of Scarpetta and the people who surround her for over 15 years. Book of the Dead, was very difficult to get into and to try and stay motivated to read it, was very trying. For me it did not have the same excitement, or intrigue as her other titles in the Scarpetta series, or the Andy Brazil series. I hope that the next Scarpetta instalement will be much more exciting and pull me in and not let go until the last few pages.
Date published: 2007-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great two day read! Nice to have all the characters back in this novel. It had me engrossed after one chapter and only took me two days to complete. She continues to educate us on the new advances in forensic science, more laboratory work in this one than actual autopsy room stuff. Any Cornwell fan will enjoy this one!
Date published: 2007-11-29

– More About This Product –

Book Of The Dead

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 6 pages, 5.76 × 5.3 × 0.8 in

Published: September 9, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143143816

ISBN - 13: 9780143143819

From the Publisher

From America''s #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel.

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.

Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it''s time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of 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 autopsies to communities that lack 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 even before the murders and other violent deaths begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. 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 a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own.

The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is an award-winning novelist whose books have consistently appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Cornwell was born in Florida in 1956. When she was nine years old, her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for them. Cornwell was a police reporter for The Charlotte Observer and worked in the chief medical examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia, for six years as a computer analyst. She also volunteered to ride with the police during homicide investigations. While working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels. Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected by seven different publishers, once it was published it became the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. She is also the only woman in the United States to receive England's most prestigious crime-writing award, the Gold Dagger. Cornwell's novels are both national and international bestsellers. They have been translated into several foreign languages. Some of her novels are Body of Evidence, All That Remains, Cruel & Unusual, The Body Farm, From Potter's Field, Unnatural Exposure, Hornet's Nest, and A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham.
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