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 2,777
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,423
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,421

    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

    • 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

    • Chaos

    • A Scarpetta Novel
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,813
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,613
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,614

    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

    • 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 2,150
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,952
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,946

    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 1,413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

    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 1,321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

    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

    • 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 1,015
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871

    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

    • Flesh and Blood

    • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,510
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,336
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,341

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game?....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Series badly needs to change focus

    • By GH on 11-25-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Dust

    • Scarpetta, Book 21
    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,575
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,379
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,372

    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

    • Point of Origin

    • By: Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 373
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369

    Convicted serial killer Carrie Grethen has escaped from a psychiatric hospital with plans for revenge. Wary and shaken, Scarpetta also has to investigate the death by fire of an unknown woman....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good story, poor performance

    • By JR on 05-16-15

    Regular price: $28.51

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