Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This award-winning novel based on Richmond's real-life "South Side Strangler" case introduced Virginia's chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, and launched Cornwell's career.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Star Books, 2010, c1990
Edition: Pocket Start Books pbk.ed
ISBN: 9781439148129
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CORNWELL 2010
Characteristics: 440 p. ;,19 cm
Alternate Title: Postmortem


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Patricia Cornwell changed the Mystery genre with lead character, Kay Scarpetta, whose role as forensic anthropologist pioneered a new perspective on crime and detection while capitalizing on the growing popularity of female detectives. - Novelist

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Jan 25, 2015
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Dr. Scarpetta has had a hard personal life and does an extremely difficult job, but, for those reasons, she is condescending, humorless, and, thus, difficult to like. Cornwell's narrative just plods along. I read to page 45 and just gave up; it was boring.

Jun 23, 2012
  • stariel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A recommendation from a friend, and a good one! I really enjoyed it - mystery enough that it was possible to figure it out but not totally obvious.

Oct 18, 2010
  • blossom21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first in a series invoving Kay Scarpetta the medical examiner. The author won several prizes for this book: Edgar, Creasey, Anthony etc. and it is well worth a read.


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