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 2,750
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,400
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,398

    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

    • 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 1,396
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

    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

    • Chaos

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,792
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,594
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,595

    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

    • 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

    • 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 1,307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

    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

    • 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 2,128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,935
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,929

    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

    • Trace

    • Scarpetta, Book 13
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 779
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 472

    Trace is the heart-stopping new Dr. Kay Scarpetta thriller from America's #1 best-selling crime writer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A little harsh?

    • By Eileen on 03-15-05

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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
    • Love Scarpetta

    • By Anonymous User on 01-14-19

    Regular price: $11.19

    • Black Notice

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428

    Following the post mortem of a stowaway that reveals neither cause of death nor identity, Dr. Kay Scarpetta travels to Paris in search of information....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Now this is the Patricia Cornwell writing that is that is awesome

    • By Toni on 11-23-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Scarpetta

    • Scarpetta, Book 16
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618

    Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don't waste your money

    • By Becky on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $31.50

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