On Sale: November 30, 2010
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Thriller Medical | Mystery Woman Sleuth
From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the
extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
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.
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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