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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408732618

Price: £22

ON SALE: 8th October 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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THE THRILLING NEW KAY SCARPETTA MYSTERY FROM THE WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER

Summoned to an unnerving, abandoned theme park to retrieve a body, Dr Kay Scarpetta is devastated to learn that the victim is a man she once loved. While teaching in Rome during the early days of her career, Scarpetta had an intense love affair with Sal Giordano that led to a lifelong friendship.

The murder scene is bizarre, with a crop circle of petals around the body, and Giordano’s skin is strangely red. Scarpetta’s niece Lucy believes he was dropped from an unidentified flying craft. Scarpetta knows an autopsy can reveal the dead’s secrets, but she is shocked to find her friend seems to have deliberately left her a clue.

As the investigators are torn between suspicions of otherworldly forces, and of Giordano himself, Scarpetta detects an explanation closer to home that, in her mind, is far more evil . . .

Reviews

America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction
THE TIMES
A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller
BBC
Sinister, surprising and utterly unputdownable. Cornwell at her brilliant best
M. J. ARLIDGE
The top gun in this field
DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Agatha Christie of the DNA age
EXPRESS
Thirty years on, there's still no other crime writer like her
SUNDAY TIMES
The Agatha Christie of the DNA age
EXPRESS
Astonishing . . . Thirty years on, there's still no other crime writer like her
SUNDAY TIMES
PRAISE FOR PATRICIA CORNWELL
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One of the best crime writers writing today
GUARDIAN
Cutting-edge
SUN
Classic Cornwell with an up-to-the-minute twenty-first-century plot - an intoxicating blend that proves Scarpetta is still queen of the autopsy and Cornwell is still queen of crime fiction. An utterly thrilling roller coaster ride
ANDREA MARA
Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns
MIRROR
The queen of the forensic thriller
MAIL ON SUNDAY
When it comes to forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns
MIRROR
The top gun in this field
DAILY TELEGRAPH
PRAISE FOR PATRICIA CORNWELL
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The queen of the forensic thriller
MAIL ON SUNDAY
A chilling, thrilling, macabre masterpiece. Unnatural Death is Patricia Cornwell at her mesmerising finest. The best just got better
CHRIS WHITAKER
Slick, fast-paced and brilliant
HEAT
One of the best crime writers writing today
GUARDIAN
PRAISE FOR UNNATURAL DEATH
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An especially good entry in the series
BOOKLIST
America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction
THE TIMES
Cornwell really is in a league of her own
HEAT
One of the all-time greats of this genre
SUN