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Three Complete Novels: Postmortem / Body Of Evidence / All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #1, #2, #3)
Release Date: July, 1997
Publisher: Smithmark Pub
Patricia Cornwell has said that if she hadn't written her Kay Scarpetta thrillers--the classic first three are collected in this volume--she might find them too scary to read. After all, she is the rare crime writer who knows what she's talking about: she worked on the newspaper crime beat and at the Scotland Yard-like medical examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia, at a time when a serial killer was murdering women just like her. (Cornwell sleeps with a .38 within reach.) Postmortem introduces Dr. Scarpetta, who knows the smell of bone dust from a skullcap saw and how to read a body for clues via lasers, DNA, and computers. As Scarpetta slowly closes in on a killer known as Mr. Nobody, she gets the creepy, well-informed feeling that the killer is closing in on her. Cornwell's debut swept the mystery-writing awards and made her somebody. In Body of Evidence, Scarpetta investigates the murder of a Southern writer who mysteriously opened the door for her killer. In All That Remains, she hunts a serial killer of young lovers--including the daughter of the president's drug czar, which complicates the forensic chase with political intrigue. Besides suspenseful cat-and-mouse games between sleuth and killer (and writer and reader), Cornwell creates a rich cast of screwed-up characters, chiefly Scarpetta's scruffy confrere, Detective Pete Marino. Scarpetta's character is a magnetic combination of pride, drive, brains, extreme skill at cooking, and a pervasive sadness expressed with tightly wound eloquence. With these books, Cornwell (a descendant of Harriet Beecher Stowe) increased her book deal from $6,000 to $24 million. She earned it.
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Posted by Heather on 4/14/2000
I have read hundreds of mysteries and none could hold a candleto any book by Patricia Cornwell. Her understanding of PoliceProcedures and Forensic Science not only intrigued me and kept me up many nights reading, but inspired me to go back to school and get my degree in Forensic Science. (I plan to be a Forensic Pathologist!) Every one of her books are not some fifty page, light reading "who-done-it," but a believable, sink-your-teeth-into mystery with a great story line. Go out and get one of her books today. You won't be dissapointed.
A collection like no other
Posted by Pascal on 12/26/2003
Over the past thirteen years, Patricia Cornwell has established herself as the world's leading crime writer. With this collection, we are introduced to Kay Scarpetta, crime fiction's most fascinating protaganist. Three of Cornwell's grittiest and most terrifying novels are rolled into one superior anthology.
Her debut novel, Postmortem, deals with an elusive serial killer who is holding the city of Richmond, Virginia hostage with his nightly endeavors -- breaking into young women's bedrooms, sexually assaulting them, and then strangling them.
Cornwell's follow-up, Body Of Evidence, has a lot to live up to, but doesn't disappoint. A young woman, a struggling writer, is being stalked. One rainy evening, she seemingly invites her killer inside her home. It is up to Scarpetta to put the pieces together as she follows a trail of bread crumbs from the Richmond crime scene to the young author's secret hideaway in Key West. However, it soon becomes glaringly apparent that said killer has set Scarpetta herself in his scopes...
All That Remains, the final volume in this collection, details Scarpetta's frustrating pursuit of a viscious serial killer dubbed "The Couple Killer" by the press because his modus operandi is to slay young couples in isolated, woodland areas. When the most recent victim turns out to be the daughter of a powerful political drug activist, things get personal as Kay discovers that the CIA may be witholding evidence...
Whether you've never read a Scarpetta novel or are a longtime fan interested in adding to your Cornwell collection, this set of enthralling novels is a definite must!