Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
From America's # 1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel.

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, a ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to take on a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace, not only personally and professionally but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to modern, competent death investigation technology.

It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run Scarpetta out of town. And that's before the murders and other violent deaths even begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible.

Kay Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones confronting her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write in her own.

The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

Baker & Taylor
Relocating to Charleston after a particularly grueling case, Dr. Kay Scarpetta opens a private forensic pathology practice but is quickly targeted by local politics and a covert saboteur before a series of violent deaths brings her skills into high view.

Blackwell North Amer
The Book of the Dead is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to acquire a new meaning.
Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace, not only personally and professionally, but also geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues - including Pete Marino and her niece Lucy - offer expert crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.
It seems an ideal situation, until the new battles start - with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin.
A sixteen-year-old tennis star, fresh from a tournament win in Charleston, is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. The body of an abused young boy is dumped in a desolate marsh. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. Meanwhile, in New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital start to hint at interconnections among the deaths that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible.
Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones facing her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names - and the pen may be poised to write her own.

Baker
& Taylor

Relocating to Charleston after a particularly grueling case, Dr. Kay Scarpetta opens a private forensic pathology practice but is quickly targeted by local politics and a covert saboteur before a series of violent deaths bring her skills into high view. 1,500,000 first printing. BOMC, Lit Guild, Doubleday, & Mystery Guild Main.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007
ISBN: 9780399153938
0399153934
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 25 cm

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StoneGal9
Aug 13, 2017

Another fantastic Scarpetta book. Kept me guessing and I did not see it all coming; she surprised me with some of those twists and turns. Hard to put this one down.

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rahmmie
Dec 13, 2014

Entertaining and good for a rainy weekend. This book seemed to be more about the subplots than about the main murderer and I think that made it better. Nothing extraordinary but definitely not bad

samdog123 Feb 13, 2009

I always enjoyed this series featuring Kay Scarpetta, but after reading this book, I'd say that the author certainly needs to put this character out to pasture. Hard slogging to finish it, don't know why I did other than hoping it would improve...it didn't. Scarpetta becomes more of a victim, and the other characters are shallow, at best.

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seaspirit
Feb 01, 2008

The only "normal" character in this series is Scarpetta. Her sidekicks increasingly have disturbing character traits. The plot is highly improbable.

Kathy Jan 10, 2008

Not Cornwell's best.

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reviewer
Jan 02, 2008

Standard entertainment for fans of the crime series. This time around we find Kay Scarpetta obsessing over gardening (as opposed to cooking, home design, and her troubled love life) inbetween solving international crimes. The villian is less compelling and the story is even less plausible and more dependent on improbable coincidence than in Cornwell's usual plots. On a more positive note, this installment does introduce one or more promising new characters to a stock cast that is badly in need of new blood (pardon the pun.)

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Cabby
Dec 11, 2007

sick but I loved how she showed the trauma of a soldier in iraq.

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The Book of the Dead is a morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to acquire a new meaning. Stating over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in the historic city of Charlseston, South Carolina, seems like the ideal situation for Scarpetta and her colleagues, Pete Marino and niece, Lucy. But then come the deaths... Asicteen-year -old tennis star, fresh from a tournament win in Charleston, is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. The body of an abused young boy is dumped in a desolate marsh. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. Meanwhile, in New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections among the deaths that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutul and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones facing her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own.

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Kathy Jan 10, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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