Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell was born June 9, 1956, in Miami, FL. When her father walked out on his family for his pregnant secretary she moved with her mother and brother to Montreat, North Carolina, just two miles down the road from the evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth. At one point, Cornwell's mother was so desperate that she tried to "give" her kids to the Grahams. It was Ruth Graham who encouraged her to pursue writing, and Cornwell began her book writing career in 1983 with a biography of Ruth Graham. With Graham's encouragement, Patricia Cornwell went to school at Davidson College in North Carolina, majoring in English. 
While a student at Davidson College in North Carolina, Cornwell met her future husband, Charles Cornwell, 17 years her senior, who also happened to be her English professor. They wed when she was 24 and he was 41. (Her 10-year marriage ended in divorce in 1989.) In 1979 Cornwell began her career as police reporter, winning an investigative reporting award, but soon moved on to the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond, where she was a computer analyst. Much of what she observed in her work was incorporated into her first bestseller, Postmortem. Following the success of that novel, Cornwell quit her job to become a full-time author.
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Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta Books
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Postmortem - by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
"Dazzling. . . Fascinating. . . .A first-rate thriller" says "The Los Angeles Times" of "Postmortem", in which medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac who is leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage and very few clues
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed 
Enlisting the help of forensic experts, Cornwell examines all the physical evidence available:  thousands of documents and reports, fingerprints, crime-scene photographs, original etchings and paintings, items of clothing, artists' paraphernalia, and traces of DNA. Her unavoidable conclusion: Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world's finest museums. 
Hornet's Nest 
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Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet's Nest.
This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer's deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
The Last Precinct 
All the familiar faces--friend and foe--are here: police captain Marino, Kay's niece Lucy, the so-called Werewolf murderer, and (in memoriam) Kay's lover Benton Wesley and his killer, Carrie Grethen. Kay, who nearly killed the Werewolf in self-defense as Black Notice came to a close, now finds herself the target of a corrupt police investigation that will dredge her darkest secrets from the deepest corners of her past.
Body Farm
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Dr. Kay Scarpetta travels to North Carolina to investigate the murder of an 11-year-old girl, but  evidence does not add up, and she must conduct a gruesome experiment at a remote research facility to find the answers. 
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Black Notice - by Patricia Cornwell
"No one holds her head higher than Kay Scarpetta. She is for many readers the capable female writ large-a lightning rod for those who would destroy change at any price, yet a formidable champion because of it." --Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle 
Cruel & Unusual
by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

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How could the fingerprints of Ronnie Joe Waddell appear at the scene of a murdered psychic after Waddell was executed in the electric chair? In the midst of many puzzling matters come other difficult issues to confront Kay as she tries to do her job. She becomes the object of hysterical media attention, and finds that she herself might be indicted for the very crimes she is trying to solve. Someone is sabotaging her efforts by hacking into her computer files and leaking information. Exasperated, she calls upon her niece, Lucy, a 17-year-old computer whiz, whom readers will remember from earlier "Scarpetta" novels. Along with FBI agent Benton Wesley and police chum Pete Marino, Lucy helps Kay solve the murders and ferret out the traitor in her office. 
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Isle of Dogs 
by Patricia Cornwell
This is not  typical Cornwell novel. It does center around a couple of characters from past books - police chief Judy Hammer and reporter-turned cop Andy Brazil of Hornet's Nest and Southern Cross. It is a story that combines black comedy and mystery.
Point of Origin 
by Patricia Cornwell
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When your everyday life is filled with death it's easy to find yourself a little edgy. "You don't put your hands inside their ruined bodies and touch and measure their wounds....You see clean case files and glossy photos and cold crime scenes. You spend more time with the killers than with those they ripped from life. And maybe you sleep better than I do, too. Maybe you still dream because you aren't afraid to."
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