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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408725818

Price: £22

ON SALE: 25th October 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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THE THRILLING NEW KAY SCARPETTA MYSTERY FROM THE #1 GLOBAL BESTSELLER


‘I’M STILL SEEING STARS . . . KAY SCARPETTA IS THE SAME GRUMPY, WONDERFUL, RIVETING PERSONALITY SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN AND SHE’S ONLY GETTING BETTER WITH TIME’ JAMES PATTERSON

Murder and mayhem. Scarpetta is back, and she’s racing against the clock . . .


Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is the reluctant star witness in a sensational murder trial when she receives shocking news. The judge’s sister has been found dead. At first glance, it appears to be a home invasion, but then why was nothing stolen, and why is the garden strewn with dead plants and insects?

Although there is no apparent cause of death, Scarpetta recognizes tell-tale signs of the unthinkable, and she knows the worst is yet to come. The forensic pathologist finds herself pitted against a powerful force that returns her to the past, and her time to catch the killer is running out . . .

‘RIVETING’ THE TIMES

‘CORNWELL KNOWS HOW TO CRAFT A MEAN PAGE-TURNER AND LIVID IS NO EXCEPTION’ TELEGRAPH

‘ONE OF THE BEST CRIME WRITERS WRITING TODAY’ GUARDIAN

‘GRIPPING . . . SOUND THE KLAXON, DR KAY SCARPETTA IS BACK’ HEAT

‘ASTONISHING . . . THIRTY YEARS ON, THERE’S STILL NO OTHER CRIME WRITER LIKE HER’ SUNDAY TIMES

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America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction
THE TIMES
Astonishing . . . Thirty years on, there's still no other crime writer like her
SUNDAY TIMES
Riveting
THE TIMES
Gripping . . . Sound the klaxon, Patricia Cornwell's brilliant chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta is back
HEAT
The top gun in this field
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Post-mortem scenes that [will] make fans of this long-running series salivate . . . Something to look forward to
KIRKUS
Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns
MIRROR
I'm still seeing stars. A great thriller. One of the hardest things as a series writer is keeping your famous heroes fresh year after year. Kay Scarpetta is not only still fresh, she's the same grumpy, wonderful, riveting personality she's always been - a full-on human being - and she's only getting better with time. I love catching up with her every year
JAMES PATTERSON
Slick, fast-paced and brilliant
HEAT
The queen of the forensic thriller
MAIL ON SUNDAY
One of the best crime writers writing today
GUARDIAN
The Agatha Christie of the DNA age
EXPRESS
More than thirty years and twenty-six Scarpetta books later, Cornwell is still knocking it out of the park
LOVEREADING
Cornwell knows how to craft a mean page-turner and Livid is no exception
TELEGRAPH
A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller
BBC
PRAISE FOR PATRICIA CORNWELL
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When it comes to forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Cutting-edge
SUN