Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world's top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, the Anthony, the Macavity and the Prix du Roman d'Aventures. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.
"Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian
Cornwell. . . . Terse and tangled, messy and body-fluidy, and
altogether satisfying."--Kirkus Reviews
"Dark and cleverly plotted."--Booklist
"Heart-stopping, paranoia-fueled, propulsively readable, viscerally suspenseful, disconcertingly shifty... Cornwell's demonic plot shifts and changes almost page by page, so the reader's spun round not knowing what to believe... This intense rush of a mystery will keep you guessing up until the very scary conclusion."--Providence Journal
"Scarpetta's current case, Lucy's troubles with the Feds, and Carrie's spooky blast from the past are all on an inevitable collision course, and Cornwell shows surprising restraint in reining in her plot and keeping it tightly focused on her well-developed core characters."--Publishers Weekly
"Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who keeps us coming back to Patricia Cornwell's sprawling crime novels, is one tough broad. . . . Once Scarpetta decides to ferret out Lucy's secrets, the novel becomes more of a psychological thriller..."--New York Times Book Review