Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta)

Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta)

Patricia Cornwell

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 1439148120

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Discover the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) novel that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within—and someone wants her dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

folded the way papers are folded when they have been read. I slid it out and opened it to the front page. The banner headline was the last thing I wanted to see. YOUNG SURGEON SLAIN: BELIEVED TO BE STRANGLER’S FOURTH VICTIM A thirty-year-old surgical resident was found brutally murdered inside her home in Berkeley Downs shortly after midnight. Police say there is strong evidence that her death is related to the deaths of three other Richmond women who were strangled in their homes within the

Herald about people being killed. Last week they found a man in the canal and his head was cut off. He must have been a bad man for someone to cut his head off.” “He may have been, Lucy. But it doesn’t justify someone’s doing something like that to him. And not everyone who is hurt or murdered is bad.” “Mom says they are. She says good people don’t get murdered. Only hookers and drug dealers and burglars do.” A thoughtful pause. “Sometimes police officers, too, because they try to catch the bad

Lucy had. But eloping? Good God. “She didn’t say when she’d be back?” I turned away from Lucy and lowered my voice. “What?” my mother said loudly. “Tell me such a thing? Why should she tell her mother that? Oh! How could she do this again, Kay! He’s twice her age! Armando was twice her age and look what happened to him! He drops dead by the pool before Lucy’s even old enough to ride a bicycle . . .” It took me a while to ease her out of hysteria. After I hung up, I was left with the fallout.

New York and she’s been here. Been here like this.” No one said anything for a moment. Marino was looking around the living room, his face unreadable. Abby shakily lit a cigarette and turned to me. I knew what she was going to ask before the words were out. “Is it like the other ones? I know you looked at her.” She hesitated, trying to compose herself. She was like a violent storm about to break when she quietly asked, “What did he do to her?” I found myself giving her the “I won’t be able to

New York and she’s been here. Been here like this.” No one said anything for a moment. Marino was looking around the living room, his face unreadable. Abby shakily lit a cigarette and turned to me. I knew what she was going to ask before the words were out. “Is it like the other ones? I know you looked at her.” She hesitated, trying to compose herself. She was like a violent storm about to break when she quietly asked, “What did he do to her?” I found myself giving her the “I won’t be able to

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