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From the Publisher
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.
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
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
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.