Dust

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

byPatricia Cornwell

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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.

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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...

PATRICIA CORNWELL’s most recent bestsellers include The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.81 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399157573

ISBN - 13:9780399157578

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scarpetta is becoming boring This book follows the same plot lines as the last few. The characters aren't really growing which is a tad frustrating. If you like the series as of late you'll like this book.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dust by Patricia Cornwell Pretty good story with a few twists and turns but a few holes here and there. Overall not a bad book
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A hard read This was slow going with a lot of empty information that had little relevance to the plot line. It was a very hard read.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No more Scarpetta for me Boring read , very muddled storyline . Story seemed to jump all over the place and go on forever. I think this will be the last time I read a Patrica Cromwell book.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best. Found it very slow moving took me forever to finish didn't grab me and pull me in as her books usually do.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dust It's OK but not up to her usual standards . It was rather boring and not enough morgue time and technical stuff as is usually the case.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust Just completed the last in the series...again. Re-read all from the beginning and am now anticipating tomorrow's launch of the newest book. The characterization is quite real to me - the story lines intricate and unexpected. Another great read from a seasoned and talented author.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust I love Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels. I've read other writers books, but not one holds my attention like her books do. Thanks for having such a vast library of her new and older books.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dust Enjoyed reading Patricia Cornwall again. Great read.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust Areally good read!
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dust Choppy. Jumps conversations between characters. Sometimes you have to reread to see who said what.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive as usual Loved it all and can't wait for more.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never again I stopped reading this as soon as I read her reference to a recent massacre of children. Only a childless person could use such a tragedy in such a callous way. Never again will I read her books.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DUST Took it seemed forever to get to the point. Never did find out how Granby was involved with Lombardi, or Mersa. Was a bit disappointed with all the details.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust OMG...dont want to spoil anything but what a fast paced, plot twisting psychological story!
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dust - Good Read One of her better novels.
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dust A little long and drawn out. Not her usual stuff.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dust It was a good read. It had a lot of suspense and a good plot. I loved it-Cornwell continues to write wonderful books.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dust Getting way too predictable. Still a good story but......
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was not expecting it to take two-thirds of the book to reach the autopsy of the mysterious corpse, and found this particular book to be too introspective and very slow in moving along with the story. This Author is one of my favourites but in this case am disappointed.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust This the 21st edition of the Sarpetta series and the latest addition of same is just as good as all the previous versions. I just read the entire series consecutively for the second time and enjoyed it as Much as the first round. Keep up the great work Cornwell!
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different! This time Dr Scarpetta spent almost no time at the morgue.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dust A great read!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dust Patricia Cornwell writes another awesome book!!!! Can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitting! Once again Patricia Cornwell has excelled!  Once you pick it up you can't put it down.
Date published: 2013-12-09

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