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Patricia Cornwell - Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta #4)

Patricia Cornwell - Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta #4)

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At 11.05 one December evening in Richmond, Virginia, convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair. At the morgue Dr Kay Scarpetta waits for Waddell’s body. Preparing to perform a post-mortem before the subject is dead is a strange feeling, but Scarpetta has been here before. And Waddell’s death is not the only newsworthy event on this freezing night: the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. To Scarpetta the two cases seem unrelated, until she recalls that the body of Waddell’s victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position. Then a third murder is discovered, the most puzzling of all. The crime scene yields very few clues: old blood stains, fragments of feather; and - most baffling - a bloody fingerprint that points to the one suspect who could not possibly have committed this murder.

"Chillingly detailed forensic thriller confirming Cornwell as the top gun in this field." - Daily Telegraph
"This book is another dazzler from the woman who has raised crime writing on to a new plateau" - Irish Press

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