Saturday, March 29, 2014

MT Review: Dust (A Scarpetta Novel) Hardcover

I've finished "Dust" the 21st book in her Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.

From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.

A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.

In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.

About the Author

PATRICIA CORNWELL’s most recent bestsellers include The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper — Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year — and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

Product Details
Series: A Scarpetta Novel (Book 21)
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399157573
ISBN-13: 978-0399157578

My Review:

Kay Scarpetta has just returned home when she is awakened by Detective Pete Marino.  A body has been discovered which is oddly draped in an unusual cloth and is believed to be missing computer engineer Gail Shipton who was last seen at a popular bar last night.

Kay believes the case is related to the Capital Murderer which her FBI profiler husband Wesley Benton is working on because the body is wrapped in ivory linen, covered with dust and posed in a
certain way that states that it isn't their first murder.

As Kay investigates she comes against a force that wants to make sure she doesn't find out who the murderer is.


1 comment:

Becky G said...

Not always taken by Para/Sus genre. But sometimes you come across a good one! I have found a few on your page and I thank you. I have been reading a couple by Adrienne Giordano, The first one was The Prosecutor and now I am into Stealing Justice. Both in the romantic suspense genre and both fantastic, I recommend them!

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