Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Series #19)

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Series #19)

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by Patricia Cornwell

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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an

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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The aftermath of the bloodshed in 2010’s Port Mortuary figures heavily in bestseller Cornwell’s solid if scattered 19th thriller featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Lured from her home in Cambridge, Mass., to Savannah, Ga., to visit Kathleen Lawler—the woman who molested Scarpetta’s recently murdered colleague, Jack Fielding, as a child and later bore their daughter—at the Georgia Prison for Women, Scarpetta angrily realizes that she’s been tricked. Ex-Manhattan ADA Jaime Berger wants Scarpetta’s help exonerating a woman on death row for the murder nine years earlier of Savannah’s Dr. Clarence Jordan and his family. What first seems like a cold case becomes terrifyingly current when fresh bodies start appearing. Scarpetta begins questioning whether the Jordan family slaying is linked to the murders in Massachusetts in Mortuary at the hands of Dawn Kincaid, the brilliant psychopath daughter of Lawler and Fielding. As in other recent work, Cornwell overloads the plot, but Scarpetta’s tangled emotional state and her top-notch forensic knowledge more than compensate. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg at ICM. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
“When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author’s imagination.”—USA Today

“Scarpetta is one of the most believable characters in crime fiction.”—The Vancouver Sun

Library Journal
Kay Scarpetta's former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, has been murdered, and she wants to know why. So she heads to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate claims to have information. Soon she's uncovering initially inexplicable links to the murder of an Atlanta family, the deaths of homeless people in California, and more. Scarpetta's on the loose again; hope this one has real luster.
Kirkus Reviews
Yet another demonstration that the murderous enemies of forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta aren't neutralized by life imprisonment or death. Especially not death. After Dawn Kincaid was jailed for attacking Scarpetta in her own garage and nearly killing her, you'd think she'd be out of the picture. No such luck: Claiming self-defense, she's commenced legal action against Scarpetta for attempted murder. Meanwhile, Kathleen Lawler, the mother who conceived Dawn by seducing 12-year-old Jack Fielding, Scarpetta's late assistant, has invited Scarpetta to the Georgia Prison for Women, where she's serving 10 years for DUI manslaughter, to chat. Their talk, like much of this tale's overextended first half, is creepy but inconclusive, and Scarpetta comes away wondering what she's gotten into this time—or what she failed to get out of last time (Port Mortuary, 2010, etc.). The pivotal figures turn out to be two women who never appear: Lola Daggette, GPFW's celebrity inmate, who maintains her innocence even though she's doing life for the slaughter of Savannah physician Clarence Jordan and his family, and Barrie Lou Rivers, the Deli Devil who fed arsenic to 17 patrons of her sandwich stand, 9 of them fatally, then choked to death in her cell hours before her date with the executioner's needle. Working with her usual posse—her husband, profiler Benton Wesley; her hot-tempered investigator Pete Marino; and her niece Lucy, whose latest dead lover, Manhattan Sex Crimes prosecutor Jaime Berger, gives her a personal stake in the case—Scarpetta, working feverishly in the story's much more rewarding second half, unearths the connections among a series of conveniently timed suicides in GPFW. She may even close the books on this set of monsters for good. Cornwell at her worst, Cornwell at her best, but mainly Cornwell at her most.

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Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Kay Scarpetta Series , #19
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File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into more than thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’s Book Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Her most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, The Front, 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 & Unusual, which won Britain’s Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

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Brief Biography

Boston, MA and New York, NY
Date of Birth:
June 9, 1956
Place of Birth:
Miami, Florida
B.A. in English, Davidson College, 1979; King College

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