Unnatural Death by Patricia Cornwell

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‘A chilling, thrilling, macabre masterpiece. Unnatural Death is Patricia Cornwell at her mesmerising finest. The best just got better’




Patricia Cornwell

Little, Brown | Thursday 23 November | 9781408728697 | £22 | Hardback


Two mauled bodies in the woods. Two top secret autopsies. The most chilling case of Scarpetta’s career . . .

In this thrilling new instalment of the #1 bestselling series, chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta finds herself in a Northern Virginia wilderness examining the remains of two campers wanted by federal law enforcement.

The victims have been savaged beyond recognition, and other evidence is terrifying and baffling, including a larger-than-life footprint.

After the most frightening body retrievals of her career, Scarpetta must discover who would commit murders this brutal, and why.

Praise for Patricia Cornwell

‘Sinister, surprising and utterly unputdownable. Cornwell at her brilliant best’ M. J. Arlidge, author of Eye for an Eye

‘Classic Cornwell with an up-to-the-minute twenty-first-century plot. An intoxicating blend that proves Scarpetta is still queen of the autopsy and Cornwell is still queen of crime fiction’ Andrea Mara, author of No One Saw a Thing

‘One of the best crime writers writing today’ The Guardian

‘Astonishing . . . Thirty years on, there’s still no other crime writer like her ‘ Sunday Times

‘The top gun in this field’ Daily Telegraph

‘A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller’ BBC

‘The queen of the forensic thriller’ Mail on Sunday

‘When it comes to forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell’ New York Times

About 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’Aventures – 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 three other fictional series based on the characters Win Garano, Andy Brazil, and Captain Callie Chase. Cornwell continues exploring the latest space-age technologies and threats relevant to contemporary life. Her interests range from the morgue to artificial intelligence and include visits to Interpol, the Pentagon, the U.S. Secret Service and NASA.

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


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