Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series #1)

Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series #1)

by Patricia Cornwell
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Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series #1) by Patricia Cornwell

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756936488
Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: Kay Scarpetta Series , #1
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, NC, and now lives and works in Boston. Find out more at, at, on Twitter: @1pcornwell, and on Instagram: @1pcornwell.


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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Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 379 reviews.
SusanMA More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. I started reading in the fall of 2008 and am now re-reading #15 while I wait for #16 to arrive. I recommend it. Start with #1.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
This book was so scary that I kept getting up to check the locks on the doors and windows as I was reading it. I love all the novels in the Kay Scarpetta series but this one just sticks with you. The psychological aspect of the plot; the fact that the killer is attacking women not within the same ethnic race; was very fascinating. I could not figure out who the culprit might be and was shocked and disturbed when it was finally revealed. I read this book twelve years ago and the sense of fear still stays with me. If you like this book, you may also enjoy: the novels of Tess Gerittsen, Tami Hoag (A Thin Dark Line, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust), James Patterson's Kiss the Girls, and the true-crime books of Ann Rule.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time many years ago, but it is still the best murder mystery I have ever read. I pull it out at least once a year to read it over and over again. It is so captivating that I read it straight through everytime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of insiders info and a suspenseful ending. I've found a new series to read.
Caroline81 More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't my absolute favortie or anything, but it had a decent plot and really picked up in the last 200 or so pages. I recommend this book to forensic mystery lovers. It is a series so there is much more to read after this one. The only down this book has is that its very descriptive and can kind of drag a bit. Its not the high action I usually like so much, but all in all a decent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book that hooked me on Kay Scarpetta.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many P. Cornwell books and love the Kay Scarpetta series. I know when I start reading, I need to allow a few days because I won't be able to put the book down. It's always a challenge trying to figure out who the killer is, but I'm never able to figure it out until the end.
BrenW More than 1 year ago
Love the Scarpetta series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good crime novel, started out a little slow and was a little hard getting into it but about half way through couldn't put it down
Jessah More than 1 year ago
I simply could not turn the pages fast enough. So intense.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Gripping and intense murder mystery. It was written in 1990 so the Very detailed computer and forensics were dated but fun and extremely well explained. The story was good and well written with fully developed characters. It was easy to follow and hard to put down. It is very detailed and could cause fear and loss of sleep.
gigi9547 More than 1 year ago
Wanted to start with the first book in this series. The Kay Scarpetta series is awesome. Will be reading the series in order now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started the Scarpetta series book #1and love it . Love reading her books and will def reccomend her books to others. Many thanks Patricia for being such an excellent writer. Keep up the good work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I like the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reich and read some reviews that said Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series was better. I liked the book, but didn't necessarily think it was any better/worse than the "Bones" books. I like both authors and will continue to buy their books.
Cdrpete More than 1 year ago
Post Mortem, the first of the Scarpetta series, is a good story, but I found it to be complicated by too many characters that really didn't need to be there and too many side-tracks, some of which didn't really contribute to the main story. Nonetheless, it is a good read that will keep your mind working to keep track of it all, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, just a long read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen Patricia's books in the store for many years. I have never had the urge to pick one up. I started watching the series Bones on TV and loved it so I tried reading Kathy Reichs books. While they were good, they were a bit too much like a technical manual for my taste. (very dry) I decided I would try Postmortem to see what I thought. I loved it. It was very well writen, had a good strong plot, and was very enjoyable. I will absolutely continue to read this series.
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I enjoyed this book and although I find myself groaning at certain description and metaphors I keep coming back for more.
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Admittedly the beginning can be a little confusing and slow, but once you get past Chapter 6, you're taken on a whirlwind ride and won't want to put the book down! It's worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book leaves you wondering who done it the entire time, then you realize you could be wrong. The author gives you just enough information to keep you interested but no too much that it goes over your head or you loose interest. I would definatley recomend the book if you like detective novels or who did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with a later book in the series and loved it so figured I needed to read the first, it was great. I live in northern Virginia and grew up in Williamsburg so this really hit home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a result of this gripping story, I've purchased 8 more in the series, in the order written. Each one is better than the next, and remains a well written mystery, action packed series. I would like to see a TV series made of these stories. Mrs. Cornwell knows how to gain and keep your attention.