Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead

Book - 2007
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Kay Scarpetta faces a string of the most baffling and terrifying crimes of her career in the extraordinary new novel from Americas #1 bestselling crime writer. The book of the dead is the morgue log in which all cases are entered by hand. For Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780399153938
Characteristics: 405 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 13, 2017

Another fantastic Scarpetta book. Kept me guessing and I did not see it all coming; she surprised me with some of those twists and turns. Hard to put this one down.

Dec 13, 2014

Entertaining and good for a rainy weekend. This book seemed to be more about the subplots than about the main murderer and I think that made it better. Nothing extraordinary but definitely not bad

samdog123 Feb 13, 2009

I always enjoyed this series featuring Kay Scarpetta, but after reading this book, I'd say that the author certainly needs to put this character out to pasture. Hard slogging to finish it, don't know why I did other than hoping it would didn't. Scarpetta becomes more of a victim, and the other characters are shallow, at best.

Feb 01, 2008

The only "normal" character in this series is Scarpetta. Her sidekicks increasingly have disturbing character traits. The plot is highly improbable.

Kathy Jan 10, 2008

Not Cornwell's best.

Jan 02, 2008

Standard entertainment for fans of the crime series. This time around we find Kay Scarpetta obsessing over gardening (as opposed to cooking, home design, and her troubled love life) inbetween solving international crimes. The villian is less compelling and the story is even less plausible and more dependent on improbable coincidence than in Cornwell's usual plots. On a more positive note, this installment does introduce one or more promising new characters to a stock cast that is badly in need of new blood (pardon the pun.)

Dec 11, 2007

sick but I loved how she showed the trauma of a soldier in iraq.


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The Book of the Dead is a morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to acquire a new meaning. Stating over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in the historic city of Charlseston, South Carolina, seems like the ideal situation for Scarpetta and her colleagues, Pete Marino and niece, Lucy. But then come the deaths... Asicteen-year -old tennis star, fresh from a tournament win in Charleston, is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. The body of an abused young boy is dumped in a desolate marsh. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. Meanwhile, in New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections among the deaths that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutul and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones facing her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own.


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Kathy Jan 10, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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