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Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
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Jan 08, 2010

it was amazing

I love Patricia Cornwell's writing--she never insults the intelligence of the reader!
'The Book of the Dead' is a reference to the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a well known and respected Forensic Pathologist, is called to Rome to consult on a puzzling case, where the body of a 16 year old tennis star from the US has been found severely mutilated. Returning home to her newly set up private practice in Charlestown, SC, she has another case of a young boy's broken and discarded remains already in her morgue. Charlestown has not been a friendly place-between a busybody neighbor, a Funeral Director with his own agenda, a well-known talk-show host phsychiatrist who wants to 'expose' and ruin Kay by whatever means possible, plus what is going on with Kay's employee/friend Pete Marino. When and how do all the people and pieces fit together in this intrigue?
Again, Cornwell has written a story that pulls you in and keeps you guessing as to how it will end. Cornwell does not write "pap" nor does she ever whitewash descriptions of the bodies and murder scenes, so this may not be for the weak of stomach or faint of heart readers.

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