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Trace by Patricia Cornwell
  

Trace

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This is the 13th in the Scarpetta series and although Cornwell seemed to go off the boil a little with the previous couple in the series she is back on form with this, although a slightly different style by writing in the third person rather then first. Once you get used to the new style she is as compelling as ever. Kay Scarpetta’s beloved niece, Lucy, plays a big role in this one.

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Synopsis

Trace by Patricia Cornwell

Since Postmortem garnered critical acclaim and a record-breaking five awards for a first crime novel, the Scarpetta novels have often been imitated, but never bettered. Against her own judgement and the advice of Benton Wesley and her niece, Lucy, Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on a case involving the death of a fourteen-year-old girl.

Accompanied by Pete Marino she finds the once familiar territory of her morgue and her department much changed, and the new Chief Medical Examiner treats her with disdain despite the obvious fact that he is in desperate need of her expertise. But professional as ever, she re-examines the evidence and proves the girl was murdered. She also finds trace evidence which matches that found on an accident victim and at the scene where one of Lucy's operatives was attacked. It is not only a forensic puzzle, but opens up the probability that someone is after those closest to Scarpetta.

Reviews

'When she is this good, she is hard to beat.' New Statesman

'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns.' Mirror

About the Author

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 win this prestigious award. Her most recent bestsellers include Scarpetta, Book of the Dead and The Front. Her earlier works include Postmortem – the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year – and Cruel and Unusual, which won the coveted Gold Dagger award in 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American writer.

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Publication date

4th November 2010

Author

Patricia Cornwell

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Publisher

Time Warner Books

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780751544985

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