Flesh and Blood - Patricia Cornwell

Flesh and Blood

By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 779 Ratings


In this Kay Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. 

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? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.


  • Benton is NOT a Pendergast!

    By Loy5225
    It seems as though Ms Cornwell has been reading a lot of Lincoln & Child and trying to turn Benton into her version of an Agent Pendergast. It’s an epic fail and she should stop. Stick to what you know, forensic science, and stay out of L&C’s lane.
  • Flesh and Blood

    By Histring
    Boring, it skipped around so much it was hard to follow. Disappointing ending and the last word made no sense.
  • Flesh and Blood

    By Homegirlie
    Excellent book- quick reader!
  • Flesh and Blood

    By Buffy71
    Very good book. Can't wait for the next one !!!
  • Grey

    By Luv's to Read
    I hate to admit it was kinda boring and disappointing!
  • Flesh and Blood

    By Pecos54
    Horrible. The plot never developed. Lousy ending. My very last Cornwell book.
  • Compelling

    By Jemille786
    In one word this is what I think of Patricia Cornwell's writing generically speaking. I have read all of her novels starting in 1997 on a by-chance suggestion. Thank you Patti C for your compelling work!
  • Flesh and Blood

    By Xyzygy
    Easily one of the worst books in the Scarpetta series. Avoid it!!
  • Flesh And Blood

    By Tabatha85
    Page turner with mind blowing plot twists.
  • Just boring

    By Wladja
    Too many repeated ideas, yawn.