Cruel & Unusual

Cruel & Unusual

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When convicted killer RonnieJoe Waddell is executed in Virginia's electric chair, he becomes what shouldbe a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.But after Waddell's execution, the murders continue, as everyone connectedto him begins to die -- including a member of Scarpetta's staff.
Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes underfire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, betrayed bythose she trusted, Scarpetta must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations-- and threats to her own life.
To save her career, Scarpetta soon finds herself retracing Waddell's bloodyfootprints, following a trail that might lead to long-hidden secrets deepwithin the state government. Either the truth will set her free -- or unleashupon her a punishment both cruel and unusual.
ISBN: 9780380718344
0380718340

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vsoge
Jul 01, 2012

Not just one mystery but there are a couple going on intertangled. Not all get solved in this book, some continue to others. I suggest reading Patricia Cornwell books in order, otherwise you feel you missed something and have to play catch up at the beginning.

Krajzel Oct 31, 2011

I thought I had read everything written by Patricia Cornwell, what a pleasant surprise to find one I had not read. Excellent, up to Cornwells expectations.

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blossom21
Mar 24, 2010

An excellent early novel by Cornwell. She won the Gold Dagger Award. It does tend to get a bit gory but nevertheless a good mystery.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.

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