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    Cause of Death (Warner Books) (Paperback) By (author) Patricia Cornwell


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    DescriptionAn investigative reporter is found dead in Virginia's icy waters ...New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta thirty feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver, Ted Eddings, is dead, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Shipyard for a story, or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified? The case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and police captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together they follow the trail of death to a well of violence as dark and forbidding as water that swirled over Ted Eddings. For more about Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website on www.patricia-cornwell.com

    • Publisher: Sphere
    • Published: 18 May 2000
    • Format: Paperback 384 pages
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    • Categories: Crime
    • ISBN 13: 9780751530506 ISBN 10: 0751530506
    • Sales rank: 78,211

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    Cause of Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patricia Cornwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9780751530506
    ISBN 10: 0751530506

    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Libri: AMER3730, ENGM1020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Little, Brown Book Group
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    Publication date
    18 May 2000
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    Author Information
    Patricia Cornwell's series of crime novels featuring the forensic examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta are international bestsellers. She is also the author of two police procedurals and the biography of Ruth Graham. She divides her time between Virginia and New York.
    Review quote
    'Vividly compulsive' Mail On Sunday 'Ingenious, persuasive and unsettling' Literary Review 'A one-sitting read' Cosmopolitan
    Review text
    The fascination with monstrous evil that's run through Cornwell's recent work (From Potter's Field, 1995, etc.) blossoms with a vengeance when Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called out on New Year's Eve to examine the body of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter killed during an unauthorized dive in Norfolk's Inactive Naval Ship Yard. The typically arresting opening sequences - which take Scarpetta from beneath the icy waters of the Elizabeth River to the morgue, where she makes a shocking discovery about the manner of Eddings's death - masterfully set up all the conflicts that follow, from Scarpetta's instant antipathy to the Chesapeake police detective who'll end up lodging a sexual harassment complaint against her to her uneasy examination of the Book of Hand, the Bible of radical New Zionist messiah Joel Hand. And the momentum builds through a second murder, as usual unnervingly close to Scarpetta (has any series heroine ever survived so many deaths by proxy?). It's not till Scarpetta joins her brainy FBI niece Lucy and her tormented FBI lover Benton Wesley, who's leaving his wife but still can't commit himself to Scarpetta, to run the New Zionists' nefarious, incredible plot to ground and flush them out of their hidey-hole that Cornwell's apocalyptic moralizing turns shrill and unconvincing. Full marks, as always, for the gripping forensic detail and beleaguered Scarpetta's legendary toughness. It's only the sketchy, unbelievable villains who ring hollow. (Kirkus Reviews)