Flesh and Blood

by Patricia Cornwell

eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

Flesh and Blood Synopsis

No.1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta-a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself. It's Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and while she's enjoying a leisurely morning, a man is shot dead five minutes from her house. The bullet tore through him as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet nobody heard or saw a thing. It looks like the work of a serial sniper - one who leaves no trace except for tiny copper fragments, and whose seemingly impossible shots cause instant death. As Scarpetta investigates, uncovering details that only she can analyze, she begins to suspect that the killer is sending her a message. Adding to Scarpetta's growing unease is the sense that those closest to her are keeping secrets. And when her pursuit of the sniper takes Scarpetta to a shipwreck off the Florida coast, she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her niece Lucy - Scarpetta's very own flesh and blood...

The Good Book Guide Review

Dr Kay Scarpetta is in Miami with her FBI profiler husband Benton Wesley. She notices something curious on a wall: seven pennies. It doesn’t appear to be a child’s game, as the coins are dated 1981 and appear to have been newly minted. Is it connected with a brutal killing a short distance away – a music teacher who has been shot as he took groceries from his car? Like every vacation that every sleuth has taken in every crime novel, Scarpetta’s break is to be cut short, and she is soon on the trail of a serial sniper – one who leaves no evidence behind after his logic-defying executions. This 22nd Kay Scarpetta outing, despite its formidable length, remains focused on its single-minded protagonists, Scarpetta and her associates. Internecine conflicts in the team are as sparky as ever, and Patricia Cornwell’s touch as sure.

Flesh and Blood Press Reviews



'Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear.'
-The Times

'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns'

'When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell'
-New York Times Book Review

'Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author's imagination'
-USA Today

'Dazzling... After reading Cornwell's thriller, most others will pale in comparison'
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

'Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense'

'Cornwell's instincts are dead-on.'
-Chicago Sun-Times


'Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy
-Publishers Weekly

'In Kay Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell has a character as strong as any in popular fiction'
-Wall St. Journal

'Cornwell fabricates intricate plot twists and paces the action at an ankle-turning clip'
-New York Times Book Review

'Cornwell has the milieu down cold'
-Los Angeles Daily News

'Cornwell gets her Hitchcock on ... [She] can generate willies with subtle poetic turns'

'Plots within plots, fraught atmosphere, and unrelenting suspense keep readers on tenterhooks while one trap after another springs under unwary feet'
-Los Angeles Times

'Fascinating... Vivid... Scarpetta is here to stay!'
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

'To Cornwell's considerable credit, the unease arises ultimately not from the steady potential for violence, but from a more profound horror: the vulnerability of a good woman like Kay to a world beset by the corrupt, the cruel, the demonic'
-Publishers Weekly

'Cornwell is the class act'

'Scarpetta is a tenacious, principled investigator who's the one voice of reason in a story fraught with bizarre unreason'

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ISBN: 9780007552429
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007552429
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,

About Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major international best-selling authors, translated into thirty-six languages across more than fifty countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, a founding member of the National Forensic Academy, a member of the New York OCME Forensic Sciences Training Program’s Advisory Board, and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008 Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year – the first American ever to ...

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