Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell

American crime author and creator of Dr Kay Scarpetta...

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami in 1956. After graduating in 1979 with a degree in literature, she went on to work as a crime reporter and later spent more than six years as a computer analyst in the chief medical examiner's office in Virginia. There she witnessed hundreds of autopsies and even assisted as a 'scribe', recording the measurements of the wounds of murder victims. During that time, she also volunteered with the Richmond Police Department.

It was these experiences that inspired her to create Dr Kay Scarpetta, a tenacious chief medical examiner who tracks serial killers with the help of a streetwise cop, Pete Marino, and an FBI profiler, Benton Wesley.

Cornwell's first Kay Scarpetta book, Postmortem (1990), is the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony and Macavity awards, as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year. Her subsequent Scarpetta novels: Body of Evidence (1991), All That Remains (1992), Cruel and Unusual (1993), The Body Farm (1994), From Potter's Field (1995), Cause of Death (1996), Unnatural Exposure (1997), Point of Origin (1998), Black Notice (1999), The Last Precinct, (2001), Trace (2004), Predator (2005), Book of the Dead (2007), Scarpetta (2008), The Scarpetta Factor (2009) and Port Mortuary (2010), all received critical acclaim and became national and international bestsellers.

Cornwell is also the author of a series that began with At Risk (2006), followed by The Front (2008), featuring Massachusetts State Investigator Win Garano. She is also the author of the bestselling Southern Cross (1999), Hornet's Nest (1997), and Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham (1997), a biography of the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. Cornwell now divides her time between Richmond, Virginia, and New York.

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Name: Patricia Cornwell

Date of birth: 1956

Place of birth: Miami

Current Home: Richmond, VA.

Education: Davidson College

Similar Authors: Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter

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Port Mortuary

Port Mortuary

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Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need...
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The Scarpetta Factor - Scarpetta Novels 17

The Scarpetta Factor - Scarpetta Novels 17 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 544 pages
Published: 27/05/2010
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It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York... Read more

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Scarpetta - Scarpetta Novels 16

Scarpetta - Scarpetta Novels 16 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 21/02/2009
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Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked... Read more

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Book of the Dead - Scarpetta Novels 15

Book of the Dead - Scarpetta Novels 15 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 17/04/2008
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The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have... Read more

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Predator (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 06/04/2006
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Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best - persuading the dead... Read more


Trace - Scarpetta Novels 13

Trace - Scarpetta Novels 13 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 04/11/2010
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Since Postmortem garnered critical acclaim and a record-breaking five awards for a first crime novel, the Scarpetta novels have often been imitated,... Read more

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Blow Fly - Scarpetta Novels 12

Blow Fly - Scarpetta Novels 12 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 04/11/2010
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After her resignation as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner and the horrifying events which threatened her life in THE LAST PRECINCT, Kay... Read more

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The Last Precinct - Scarpetta Novels 11

The Last Precinct - Scarpetta Novels 11 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 544 pages
Published: 02/09/2010
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Physically and psychologically bruised by her encounter with the killer Chandonne, Dr Kay Scarpetta has to leave her home in the hands of the police... Read more

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Black Notice

Black Notice (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 04/05/2000
Publisher: Sphere

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An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean's breadth away from home. The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at... Read more


Point of Origin - Scarpetta Novels 9

Point of Origin - Scarpetta Novels 9 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 02/09/2010
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A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law... Read more

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Unnatural Exposure - Scarpetta Novels 8

Unnatural Exposure - Scarpetta Novels 8 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 02/09/2010
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A sadistic serial killer, the weapon a deadly virus Dublin, Ireland and Richmond, Virginia: separated by thousands of miles - linked by murder. For... Read more

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Postmortem - Scarpetta Novels 1

Postmortem - Scarpetta Novels 1 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 02/09/2010
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A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom. There is no pattern:... Read more

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The Front - Winston Garano Series 2

The Front - Winston Garano Series 2 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 29/12/2008
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Massachusetts State Investigator Win Garano is given one of his most challenging cases yet when he is asked to investigate the death of a young... Read more

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At Risk - Winston Garano Series 1

At Risk - Winston Garano Series 1 (Paperback)

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 08/03/2007
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A 'one-off' from the best-selling creator of the Dr Kay Scarpetta series, based on the serialisation in the New York Times. Moving between... Read more

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Port Mortuary (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 18

Port Mortuary (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 18

by Patricia Cornwell

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Published: 28/10/2010
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Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could... Read more

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The Scarpetta Factor (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 17

The Scarpetta Factor (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 17

by Patricia Cornwell

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Published: 20/10/2009
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It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York... Read more

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Scarpetta (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 16

Scarpetta (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 16

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Published: 27/11/2008
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Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked... Read more

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Predator (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 14

Predator (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 14

by Patricia Cornwell

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Published: 04/09/2008
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Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best - persuading the dead... Read more

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Trace (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 13

Trace (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 13

by Patricia Cornwell

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Since Postmortem garnered critical acclaim and a record-breaking five awards for a first crime novel, the Scarpetta novels have often been imitated,... Read more

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Blow Fly (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 12

Blow Fly (eBook): Kay Scarpetta Series, Book 12

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After her resignation as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner and the horrifying events which threatened her life in THE LAST PRECINCT, Kay... Read more

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The Front (eBook): Winston Garano Series, Book 2

The Front (eBook): Winston Garano Series, Book 2

by Patricia Cornwell

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Published: 04/09/2008
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Massachusetts State Investigator Win Garano is given one of his most challenging cases yet when he is asked to investigate the death of a young... Read more

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Port Mortuary - Scarpetta Novels 18

Port Mortuary - Scarpetta Novels 18 (Audio CD)

by Patricia Cornwell, et al.

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Published: 28/10/2010
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Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could... Read more

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The Scarpetta Factor - Scarpetta Novels 17

The Scarpetta Factor - Scarpetta Novels 17 (Audio CD)

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Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 31/01/2009
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It is the week before Christmas. The effects of the credit crunch have prompted Dr Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York... Read more

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Scarpetta - Scarpetta Novels 16

Scarpetta - Scarpetta Novels 16 (Audio CD)

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Published: 27/11/2008
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Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked... Read more

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Book of the Dead - Scarpetta Novels 15

Book of the Dead - Scarpetta Novels 15 (Audio CD)

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Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 23/10/2007
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The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have... Read more

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Cruel and Unusual - Scarpetta Novels 4

Cruel and Unusual - Scarpetta Novels 4 (Audio CD)

by Patricia Cornwell, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 06/11/2008
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When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia's electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine case for Chief Medical... Read more

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Black Notice - Scarpetta Novels 10

Black Notice - Scarpetta Novels 10 (Audio CD)

by Patricia Cornwell, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 07/02/2008
Publisher: Hachette Audio

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**Includes a free exclusive multimedia CD, which contains interviews with the author, a screensaver, wallpaper and many more features** An... Read more


The Front - Andy Brazil 2

The Front - Andy Brazil 2 (Audio CD)

by Patricia Cornwell, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 15/05/2008
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Massachusetts State Investigator Win Garano is given one of his most challenging cases yet when he is asked to investigate the death of a young... Read more

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