The Body Farm - Patricia Cornwell

The Body Farm

By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2010-11-30
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 401 Ratings


#1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this classic forensic thriller.

Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer.

It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we’ve seen her before—in a stunning achievement from a bestselling author at the peak of her powers.


  • The body farm

    By Body farm
    Good story with some tweets ad turns but basically a Cornell thriller
  • Great book!!!

    By Crysgibs
    Highly recommended!! I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Great read

    By Kcdarlene
    My mom turned me on to true crime books, this was my first by this author. Very detailed and kept me turning the pages. Geat read for anyone interested in this genre!
  • The Body Farm

    By John Fry
    Uneven story flow. Good plot. Lots of mis-direction.
  • The Body Farm

    By Carolinalady
    All in all, a thoroughly entertaining read. Very well written and had a lot of plot twists,which I always enjoy!
  • The Body Farm

    By Prissynan
    I enjoyed this book since I'm from NC and very familiar with Asheville, Black Mountain, and Montreat. The story line was depressing since it contains facts that seem inhuman at times. The book left some issues unanswered, but I can only assume some will be discussed in future novels about Dr. S. I recommend this read.
  • Not a new title

    By Kiki2Bee
    Originally published in 1994. Only the ebook is 2010. Nice trick.