Port Mortuary: Large Print Edition

Paperback | September 6, 2011

byPatricia Cornwell

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Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's 18th Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy--a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.



As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.



In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven't heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta's, and this is her story.

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Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's 18th Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off ...

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida on June 9, 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. After graduating from Davidson College in 1979...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:654 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Large Print PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Port Mortuary A very atypically emotional book. Still very good, but not the page turner I have come to expect. A welcome introduction to Kay Scarpettas inner most feelings. Bravo again.
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Port Mortuary I was intrigued from first to last page. It's a fantastic read!
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Port Mortuary I hadn't read a Patricia Cornwell novel prior & now I've read this book I wonder why I hadn't . She's everything I like in an author - fast paced, a page turner & doesn't let me guess early on in the book who is responsible for the killings. I like the side-kick of Marino w- all his opinions. Not too sure about the character of Lucy, she seems as if she's so intelligent that she might have some mental health issues not yet identified. Husband, Benton, certainly isn't your usual supportive, feeling character of a husband but perhaps if I read earlier books his role will be clarified.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Port Mortuary This, the 18th installment of the Scarpetta series and I have read each one and enjoy them very much.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I truly hope Patricia Cornwell NEVER stops writing. Her books are fabulous!!!
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I'm a big fan of the Scarpetta novels but as of late they have been a little tough to get into. I was about half way through before this one peaked my interest.
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated out of 5 by from Scarpetta one of my favorite characters. Patricia Cromwell does it again
Date published: 2013-02-19