Patricia Cornwell
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Patricia Cornwell

In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity Awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize--the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year. Growing into an international phenomenon, the Scarpetta series won Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.

Today, Cornwell's novels and iconic characters are known around the world. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written the definitive nonfiction account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fictional series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil. While writing Quantum, Cornwell spent two years researching space, technology, and robotics at Captain Calli Chase's home base, NASA's Langley Research Center, and studied cutting-edge law enforcement and security techniques with the Secret Service, the US Air Force, NASA Protective Services, Scotland Yard, and Interpol.

Cornwell was born in Miami. She grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston and Los Angeles.

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    • Postmortem

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,717
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,368
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,366

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Forgot how much I loved the old Scarpetta novels

    • By Janie on 03-29-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Depraved Heart

    • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,088
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,899
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,893

    Patricia Cornwell delivers the newest engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Depraved heart

    • By Linda on 10-28-15

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Body of Evidence

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well writen & performed. Kept me guessing .

    • By Ray on 12-01-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • All That Remains

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

    A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good early one...

    • By karen on 01-10-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Chaos

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,780
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,585
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,586

    In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Another chance, another disappointment.

    • By Lonna on 11-24-16

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Ripper

    • The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 623
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 535
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 532

    Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert made a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish nature of his art - as well as extensive evidence - points to another name....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By BEVERLY J RICKER on 06-30-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Cause of Death

    • Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 7
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    It's New Year's Eve, the final night of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, and another poor soul has turned up dead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By no1hdwelady on 02-11-19

    Regular price: $11.19

    • Cruel and Unusual

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 840
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 840

    When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not her best work

    • By Joy on 10-02-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dust

    • Scarpetta, Book 21
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,560
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,365
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,358

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too much angst

    • By Cindy on 01-19-14

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Quantum

    • A Thriller
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high....

    Regular price: $29.99

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