The Scarpetta Collection Volume I: Postmortem and Body of Evidence

by Patricia Cornwell

October 14, 2003 | Hardcover |

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Fans of Patricia Cornwell, the number one megastar who virtually invented the forensic thriller, will rejoice to see her first two novels, Postmortem and Body of Evidence, united in this much-anticipated omnibus volume. Hugely successful when they were first published, these are the two novels that brought Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to the book-reading world. They are presented here complete and unabridged.

Postmortem
A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalized and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is little pattern: the killer appears to strike at random -- but always early on Saturday mornings.
When Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is awakened at 2:33 A.M., she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim, and she fears now for those who may follow unless she finds the forensic evidence that can break the case.
But not everyone wants her help. Not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation before she can find the killer.

Body of Evidence
A reclusive writer is dead, and her final manuscript has disappeared...
Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West -- but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer inside.
Thus begins for Dr. Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who would brutally slash and then neatly decapitate her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl''s enigmatic relationship with a prizewinning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript.
As Scarpetta retraces Beryl''s footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 640 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.57 in

Published: October 14, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743255801

ISBN - 13: 9780743255806

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Scarpetta Collection Volume I: Postmortem and Body of Evidence

The Scarpetta Collection Volume I: Postmortem and Body of Evidence

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 640 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.57 in

Published: October 14, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743255801

ISBN - 13: 9780743255806

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Postmortem: from Chapter One It was raining in Richmond on Friday, June 6. The relentless downpour, which began at dawn, beat the lilies to naked stalks, and blacktop and sidewalks were littered with leaves. There were small rivers in the streets, and newborn ponds on playing fields and lawns. I went to sleep to the sound of water drumming the slate roof, and was dreaming a terrible dream as night dissolved into the foggy first hours of Saturday morning. I saw a white face beyond the rain-streaked glass, a face formless and inhuman like the faces of misshapen dolls made of nylon hose. My bedroom window was dark when suddenly the face was there, an evil intelligence looking in. I woke up and stared blindly into the dark. I did not know what had awakened me until the telephone rang again. I found the receiver without fumbling. "Dr. Scarpetta?" "Yes." I reached for the lamp and switched it on. It was 2:33 A.M. My heart was drilling through my ribs. "Pete Marino here. We got us one at 5602 Berkley Avenue. Think you better come." The victim''s name, he went on to explain, was Lori Petersen, a white female, thirty years old. Her husband had found her body about half an hour earlier. Details were unnecessary. The moment I picked up the receiver and recognized Sergeant Marino''s voice, I knew. Maybe I knew the instant the telephone rang. People who believe in werewolves are afraid of a full moon. I''d begun to dread the hours between midnight and 3:00 A.M. when Friday becomes Saturda
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Fans of Patricia Cornwell, the number one megastar who virtually invented the forensic thriller, will rejoice to see her first two novels, Postmortem and Body of Evidence, united in this much-anticipated omnibus volume. Hugely successful when they were first published, these are the two novels that brought Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to the book-reading world. They are presented here complete and unabridged.

Postmortem
A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalized and strangled in their own bedrooms. There is little pattern: the killer appears to strike at random -- but always early on Saturday mornings.
When Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is awakened at 2:33 A.M., she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim, and she fears now for those who may follow unless she finds the forensic evidence that can break the case.
But not everyone wants her help. Not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation before she can find the killer.

Body of Evidence
A reclusive writer is dead, and her final manuscript has disappeared...
Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West -- but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer inside.
Thus begins for Dr. Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who would brutally slash and then neatly decapitate her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl''s enigmatic relationship with a prizewinning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript.
As Scarpetta retraces Beryl''s footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell, the award-winning former crime reporter for the Charlotte Observer, spent six years working for the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner''s Office and as a volunteer police officer before she wrote her first Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem. The work received outstanding international acclaim and made Cornwell the only author to win five major first-novel mystery awards in a single year on both sides of the Atlantic. Eleven subsequent Scarpetta novels became international bestsellers, together with Food to Die For and Scarpetta''s Winter Table. Cornwell is also the author of three police procedural novels, as well as A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Graham, wife of the evangelist; Portrait of a Serial Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed; and Life''s Little Fable, a book for children. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, and New York City and she supports several institutions that are concerned with forensic research, victims'' rights, and animal rescue. visit the author''s website at www.patriciacornwell.com
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