Cruel and Unusual (Mass Market Paperbound)

Scarpetta 4 (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)

By Patricia Cornwell

Pocket Books, 9781416505402, 410pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005



"A knockout" (People) of a thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

"Killing me won't kill the beast" are the last words of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written four days before his execution. But they can't explain how medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds Waddell's fingerprints on another crime scene--after she'd performed his autopsy. If this is some sort of game, Scarpetta seems to be the target. And if the next victim is someone she knows, the punishment will be cruel and unusual...

Praise For Cruel and Unusual: Scarpetta 4 (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)

"A knockout."

-- People

"Ingenious...a first-rate storyteller."

-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

" extremely effective novel of suspense, in all its varieties...Corwell's sleuth is the best in the business."

-- Entertainment Weekly

"Classic Cornwell...chilling...riveting...utterly convincing."

-- Richmond Times-Dispatch