Author Of Dr Kay Scarpetta Books: Scarpetta is back in action! Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta chases a brilliant assassin who has mastered cutting-edge science for the most sinister of purposes in this twenty-fifth installment of the riveting, iconic #1 bestselling thriller series.
Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist, has returned to her home state of Virginia to serve as the state’s chief medical examiner. After being abroad for several years, she returns to find herself as the new girl in town. She has inherited an overbearing secretary, as well as a legacy of neglect and probable corruption from her father.
They have moved to Old Town Alexandria, where she has set up shop five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that has been racked by civil and political instability. Her husband, Benton Wesley, is now a forensic psychologist with the United States Secret Service, and they have two children.
She’s only been on the job for a few weeks when she’s called to a scene near railroad tracks where a woman’s body has been shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine, and as Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, she realizes it’s leaning dangerously close to her own historic neighborhood.
Meanwhile, a tragedy unfolds at a top-secret private laboratory in outer space, and at least two of the scientists aboard have been discovered dead. Scarpetta, who has been appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission, which specializes in important national security matters, is summoned to the White House Situation Room and tasked with determining what transpired.
Although she is working on the first murder scene in space from a distance, an apparent serial killer attacks once more. Scarpetta may be in greater danger than he has ever been previously at this point in time.
Author Patricia Cornwell continues to captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that have made her a world-renowned crime writer. In this latest novel in her groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series, Cornwell proves once again why she is the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.
Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series of books is a collection of crime fiction novels published by the American mystery writer Patricia Cornwell. The Kay Scarpetta series is centered on Kay Scarpetta, who begins the book as the Chief Medical Examiner for the city of Richmond, and who is hired by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kay Scarpetta is the protagonist of the series. Later in the series, Kay Scarpetta begins working as a freelance forensic examiner, providing consultation on various cases.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is based on Marcella Farinelli Fierro, a medical examiner who Patricia Cornwell meets while residing in Virginia and who inspires the character of Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In order for the protagonist to solve the crime, the Kay Scarpetta series makes extensive use of forensic techniques and terminology, as well as traditional detective work.
In part because of Cornwell’s vast research and field experience, the Kay Scarpetta series is, for the most part, anchored in fact when it comes to the methodology followed by the investigators.