Scarpetta - Patricia Cornwell


By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2008-12-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 296 Ratings


From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes an extraordinary #1 New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.


  • Scarlett's

    By ksc1020
    Excellent book, just as I expected it would be!
  • Scarpetta

    By Buzz923195519015
    Amazingly written. I was totally captivated by this book till the end, and what a surprise the ending was.
  • Loved this book!!!!

    By Crysgibs
    Highly recommend any book by this author!
  • Scarpetta

    By ProverbsWoman7
    Excellent book. I loved the fact that she kept you on the edge constantly wondering what would happen next. I love this writer. A must read.
  • Scarpetta

    By GrammyGlo
    Excellent! Medically accurate. Page turner.
  • Scarpetta

    By Neeky P
    Really pleased that Cornwell decided it was best to start writing about Scarpetta again. I was late to the table reading this one because I was so disillusioned for a long time after reading At Risk. Ugh. Just wanted to let people know that it's ok to read Cornwell again!