By Patricia Cornwell
(Putnam Adult, Hardcover, 9780399157219, 512pp.)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."
-The New York Times Book Review
Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high- tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship.
As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.
Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper?Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem?the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year?and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain?s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.