Dust (Kay Scarpetta Series #21) [NOOK Book]

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From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.



Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when...
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Dust (Kay Scarpetta Series #21)

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Overview

From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.



Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.



A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.



At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.



In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.



With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.
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After an exhausting case, Kay Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts sick and badly in need of rest. Instead, she receives harrowing news that a M.I.T. graduate school student has been found dead on the college rugby field, her body posed grotesquely in a manner Scarpetta finds all too recognizable and with residue near the corpse that sounds an ominous note. Brainteasers and compelling characters.

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
At the start of bestseller Cornwell's 21st novel starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after 2012's The Bond Bed), Scarpetta, now the director of the Cambridge Forensic Center and chief medical examiner of Massachusetts, receives a call from Det. Pete Marino, who like her has relocated from Virginia, about a body found on the MIT campus. Scarpetta is quick to recognize similarities between this killing and ones her husband, Benton Wesley, and his FBI colleagues at the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Washington, D.C., are investigating. The Cambridge victim, Gail Shipton, was suing a powerful international company, Double S, and her former financial manager, Dominic Lombardi. Aided by Benton, Scarpetta soon realizes that Benton's boss, Ed Granby, will do anything to thwart their investigation. One of Scarpetta's former bosses tells her that it's "not the job of a forensic pathologist to make deductions," but she does that as well as the best detectives. Cornwell's strength remains the intricate details of forensic examinations as her heroes fight to uncover both a serial killer and a high-level cover-up. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Home in Cambridge, MA, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta must deal with the murder of a female grad student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose body is found wrapped in linen and carefully posed on the rugby field. Strange how this case resembles one that Scarpetta's FBI husband is handling in Washington, DC.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-17
Kay Scarpetta is back, as world-weary and sharp-eyed as ever, in this latest Cornwell (The Bone Bed, 2012, etc.) outing, the 21st in the series. Scarpetta has reason to be jaded: She's just returned from Connecticut, where she conducted 27 autopsies, "most of them children, and when I pulled off my bloody scrubs and stepped into the shower I refused to think about what I'd just done." Teamed with a much more excitable Cambridge cop, she's scarcely back home in Boston when she's called to examine a corpse that's turned up "out in the mud at one end of the athletic fields, what's called Briggs Field," as Cornwell curiously puts it. And not just any corpse, of course: The victim was a computer whiz who just happened to be involved in a complex lawsuit involving heaps of money and, as it develops, some shadowy connections to the federal government. Scarpetta's husband, an FBI profiler, plays a more significant role in the tale than in other Cornwell whodunits precisely due to that Washington connection, but it takes a good while for Scarpetta to piece the puzzle together, with a parade of potential bad guys to choose from, including a rich dude who you know, just know, has to be bad because he owns "a shaving set made of mammoth ivory." The red herrings and MacGuffins are standard mystery fare, complicated by Cornwell's deep appreciation for the work of medical examiners in even the relatively simple matter of distinguishing a murder from a suicide, to say nothing of deciding who did the foul deed. The takeaway? "People still suck." Yes, they do, and they do very bad things to each other. Stay tuned.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636428
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #21
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 2,314
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia  Cornwell

PATRICIA CORNWELL’s most recent bestsellers include The Bone Bed, 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.

Biography

Patricia Cornwell writes crime fiction from an unusually informed point of view. While many writers are, as she says, conjuring up "fantasy" assumptions regarding what really goes into tracking criminals and examining crime scenes, Cornwell really does walk the walk, which is why her novels ring so true.

Before becoming one of the most widely recognized, respected, and read writers in contemporary crime fiction, she worked as a police reporter for The Charlotte Observer and as a computer analyst in the chief medical examiner's office in Virginia. During this period of her life, Cornwell observed literally hundreds of autopsies. While the vast majority of people would surely regard such work unsavory beyond belief, Cornwell was acquiring valuable information that would not only help her write the groundbreaking 2002 study Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed but would also enrich her fiction with uncommon authenticity.

"Most of these crime scene shows... are what I call ‘Harry Potter' policing," she said in a candid, heated interview. "They're absolutely fantasy. And the problem is the general public watches these, 60 million people a week or whatever, and they think what they're seeing is true." If Cornwell comes off as a bit vehement in her criticism of television shows meant to simply entertain, that's just because she takes her work so seriously.

Not that Cornwell's novels are ever anything short of entertaining, even if their grisly details may require extra-strong stomachs of her readers. She has created a tremendously well-defined and complex character in her favorite fictional crime solver Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell introduced medical examiner Scarpetta in her first novel, Postmortem in 1990. Today, Scarpetta is still cracking cases and cracking open cadavers. (She has even inspired a cook book called Food to Die For: Secrets from Kay Scarpetta's Kitchen.) In addition, Cornwell writes more lighthearted cop capers in her Andy Brazil & Judy Hammer series.

Good To Know

Cornwell knows what its like to shatter records. Her debut, Postmortem, was the only novel by a first-time author to ever win five major mystery awards in a single year.

Cornwell may be a former crime solver, but she shudders to think that her books could actually contribute to crime. In fact, she says she has received "thank you" notes from prisoners who claim they have gleaned information from her books that might help them cover their tracks while committing future crimes.

If parody is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Cornwell has a fan in Chris Elliott. The professional wisenheimer published a hilarious takeoff on her true crime book Portrait of a Killer called The Shroud of the Thwacker.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Patricia Daniels Cornwell (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Boston, MA and New York, NY
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 9, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Davidson College, 1979; King College
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Scarpetta at her worst!

    Waited a year for her next book after 20 very good books. I'm not sure what happened in Dust but she got so wrapped up in details and flaunting her knowledge of medical science she forgot about the story. We bounced across many years, many crimes, many rights and wrongs, and somewhere we lost the story. Finally in the last 60 pages she decides it's time to close the case....bang, we're done. Horrible read. Very difficult to stay tuned in.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    This book is Patricia Cornwell at her finest in pulling in her r

    This book is Patricia Cornwell at her finest in pulling in her readers attention.  

    From the beginning when Scarpetta has just returned from a horrific shooting in Connecticut, which continues to haunt her, to a phone call from Marino concerning a shooting and the mysterious person in her back yard.  Who is he and what does he want?
    All of the main characters are in this book: from Benton with his extraordinary profiling skill at getting in touch with the minds of a murderer to Marino who has returned back to his usual gruff talking machismo strutting cop ways then on to Lucy with her defiant attitude towards authority and rules to Scarpetta with her unquestionable ability to help solve murders through forensics and add in Bryce, Scarpetta's admin, who provides just the right touch of humor and you have the makings for a powerful must read book. 

    I could not put this book down until I finished it.  Now, I will reread it for some of the finer points that I may have missed the first time.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    I stopped reading Patricia Cornwell after Blowfly. I don't know

    I stopped reading Patricia Cornwell after Blowfly. I don't know what happened to her but her books and writing style are just horrible now.  I am surprised she is selling any books at all anymore.  Such a huge and disappointing difference from early scarpetta (before last precinct) to now. 

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    I am having trouble getting into the last few books of Kate Scar

    I am having trouble getting into the last few books of Kate Scarpetta. Her character defends those who hurt her the most. This cannot be realistic. The relationships Scarpetta has with all the other characters is tedious. I may not finish this one, and probably won't bother with any more. Pete Morino needs to go away.


    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    I'm only 50 pages in and I am most disappointed. The mass murder

    I'm only 50 pages in and I am most disappointed. The mass murders at Sandy Hook should not be used as a part of any novel. Shame on you Cornwell.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Wonderful read, Cornwell continues to dazzle us with her detaile

    Wonderful read, Cornwell continues to dazzle us with her detailed crime scenes and vivid descriptions of places in, and around Cambridge MA. The first person point of view puts us in the mind of our heroine, Kay Scarpetta, as she takes us through the scene of several gruesome murders. Dust keeps you guessing right up until the end, wondering who you can trust, from the jogger in the park to the FBI. Scarpetta, along with her usual gang, let the dead do the talking in order to solve the crime. Another hit for Patricia Cornwell

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    This book is a return to the strong writing and characters of Co

    This book is a return to the strong writing and characters of Cornwell's work, and we'll worth reading.  I so much wish, however, that she had resisted using the Sandy Hook shootings for a commercial purpose.  This aspect of the book is in poor taste.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    I look forward to reading Patricia Cornwell's books, but was dis

    I look forward to reading Patricia Cornwell's books, but was disappointed in this one. I finished it quickly, but that was because I didn't want to drag on reading it like the book was dragging on. There is way too much time spent on descriptions of things that really have no relevance to the story. The story itself was very short and with a quick conclusion like her books have had as of late. I found the use of the Sandy Hook trauma to be in poor taste and reprehensible.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    HORRIBLE, DREADFUL, A TOTAL WASTE

    This is the worse book I have ever tried to read. Too many words, uninteresting storyline. If I could give NO stars I would, but gave 1 because the author took the time to write it. I'm sooooo disappointed. A total waste of money. I usually read a book of this size in 1 day. It took me almost 2 weeks, and I still could not finish it. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! I want a refund!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    I really enjoyed Dust. It's the 21st book in the Scarpetta serie

    I really enjoyed Dust. It's the 21st book in the Scarpetta series. Ms. Cornwell has a way of transporting her readers into her stories, and her characters are like visiting with old friends. Her attention to forensic details and her character driven story lines keep Ms. Cornwell on my must read list.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Patricia Cornwell's 21st novel Dust is a return to all the thing

    Patricia Cornwell's 21st novel Dust is a return to all the things that made the Scarpetta series great.

    As with past books Cornwell subtly and smoothly incorporates current technology into the storyline. The reader is given a taste of this in Dust when a droid cell phone mixes into the crime scene and when Scarpetta uses cutting edge technology to autopsy the victim - technologies that may seem far-fetched to readers but that are actually currently being used in real life.

    The plot is an intricate web of Scarpetta, Benton, Lucy and Marino working to solve the crime as FBI hands of corruption reach out and try to stop the wheels of justice. This brings Benton into the foreground and we get a glimpse into his world as he struggles to work against the FBI and solve the case at hand.

    Nothing is left out in Dust and character relationships are again at the forefront of this book. Marino's new position has shifted the dynamics between him and other characters making everyone cautious around him. Lucy is her usual strong-willed self and this time becomes embroiled in the case at hand. And Cornwell finally reveals more information about Scarpetta's husband Benton Wesley. The reader now sees a new depth to Benton, has a better understanding of how he works and ultimately gains insight about his important role in Scarpetta's life. (I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of Dust.) Scarpetta is more like she was in the earlier books of the series and drives the story forward. Strong-willed, independent minded and protective of her family and friends, she carefully yet deliberately works the crime scene, slowly sorting through all the clues which ultimately leads to the case being solved.

    As I like to give a balanced review I will mention that in a couple of spots I felt the story slowed down a little bit - but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed Dust. It even had the added surprises of Scarpetta revealing secrets from her past and of meeting her mother. If you are a fan of the Scarpetta series this one will hit the spot!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    I can't believe anyone actually read this to the end. It was so

    I can't believe anyone actually read this to the end. It was so bogged down with details I doubt were necessary, that I quit half way thru.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    So so

    I am usually a big big fan. I ve read every.book of hers. But the last few are just not very good. They seem to heavy on prose and character development is non existent. Lucy seems like a stereotype. No substance. Benton has no real interactions with his wife to feel their relatonship. Just disappointed. I wanted to.love it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Repetitive

    Stopped reading and skipped to end. Boring and repeats of prior books. Will finally have to stop buying her books, sadly.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    This is my least favorite book in the Kay Scarpetta series.  It

    This is my least favorite book in the Kay Scarpetta series.  It dragged on and didn't hold my interest at all.  I was disappointed but love Patricia Cornwell's books overall.  This one was just a snore.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    *disapoinr Dispointed Dji Disapointed

    Was disapointed not up to ptevious boooks

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Bad Scarpetta

    I agree with anonymous' remarks written on Nov 17, 2013. This was one of the slowest, boring reads of the past decade. Save your money!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Terrible, Not Worth the Time

    A terrible Scarpetta, Cornwell has continued her downward spirall. Don't waste your time a lot better books out there!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    Worst Scarpetta novel yet ! To much extra detail , that has noth

    Worst Scarpetta novel yet ! To much extra detail , that has nothing to do with anything. read the last 50 pages to read the book and skip the extra BS. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    I found this book to be boring and tedious.  I am a huge PC fan

    I found this book to be boring and tedious.  I am a huge PC fan but this book went into too many details and had very little plot.  If someone were a new reader of PC, they would hve no idea abouth the personalities of the main characters who are usual outstanding .  I had a hard time finishing this book.  Usually I read hers non-stop.  What a disappointment

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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