Kay Scarpetta #18: Port Mortuary

Kay Scarpetta #18: Port Mortuary
Patricia Cornwell
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We travel back to the beginning of Scarpetta's professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy, a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector. As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler.
'A thrilling read Best Long, terse and brilliant...Cornwell, who has already won more prizes than you can shake a stick at, seems to be getting better and better City AM A gripping read made more chilling by Cornwell's note that the sci-fi technology she's describing actually exists Metro A bountiful offering from one of crime fiction's most celebrated authors...arguably her most accessible book in more than a decade Hartford Books Examiner
Patricia Cornwell's first novel, POSTMORTEM, was published in 1990 and won five international awards. Her Scarpetta novels have since become Number One bestsellers throughout the world.