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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Impress Mystery (1990)
  • ASIN: B00257MKPY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize - the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.

Today, Cornwell's novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Fox 2000 is actively developing a feature film about Kay Scarpetta. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper's identity, cookbooks, a children's book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.

Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

Visit the author's website at: www.patriciacornwell.com

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By lusty22 on June 12, 2001
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I just completed the "KAY SCARPETTA" series for the second time and let me tell you, it was awesome!! The only thing I did differently was I read them in order. This book, "POSTMORTEM" is first in the series and it is suspensful and absolutely thrilling. You really fall for the protagonist, Kay, and want to read for the sake of learning about her life as well as for solving the mystery. Patricia Cornwell is a most talented author. She draws you in like no other and I am always sorry when one of her books (this series only) end. Her books can be dark and a bit gruesome, but they are not overly disturbing as they have such redeeming qualities. The horror described is for a reason and goes with the territory of Kay's career. It is never just to shock like some books. Kay is an honorable lady, and very complex. The mysteries and scandals she is involved in make you feel like you are involved too. They are very consuming and entertaining. Be prepared to put everything aside when you pick up this book!!
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kori Frazier on June 30, 2000
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After reading Patricia Cornwell's "Unnatural Exposure" I was so drawn to her writing style and characters that I decided I had to have more. So, I took it upon myself to add "Postmortem" to my library of suspense novels. Although I am new to Cornwell's books, I think that this may be one of the best books I have ever read. The way she uses her medical knowledge and background to create the plot and characters amazes me, and the story itself was so real that each chapter sent me on a rampage throughout my house to make sure that all the doors and windows were locked! I am a high school English student planning on becoming a writer myself, and I believe that Patricia Cornwell has given me an excellent role model to look at in my own writing endeavors. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful reading and forensic mysteries....as long as you can keep the fact that it is only a book in your mind....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Nastas on May 2, 2005
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Postmortem Book Review

In Richmond, Virginia chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers brutal rapes and murders of four unlucky women. Each one is different from the other, except for the fact that they each live alone. With the help of new forensic research, her "partner" Marino, and other specialists, she uncovers the killer and how he picks his victims. She has to be careful though, there is sabotage within the company and a killer is after her.

Postmortem is a very enjoyable read. It is the first book in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series that Patricia Cornwell wrote. The book has to do with forensic science, a couple of main character, a very intense plot, and an overwhelming mystery that is powerful and that keeps you looking for clues. For the first book that Patricia Cornwell has written it is good, however if you do not like the book I recommend you read some other books in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. As the series progress the books get better and better. When compared to the other books that she has written this book is average. It is intense yet it does not have that bang like the other books have. I also do not like the dialogue that is in this book. It is a little fake for me, and after reading the other books in the series it does not compare. However, Postmortem keeps you on the edge of your seat, it is a great thriller that will keep you interested and wanting more. I would recommend this book and the series to anyone who enjoys a great thriller and mystery.

The book Postmortem deals with death and forensic science. With these two factors combined a mystery is solved by science and technology. When someone is murder in this book an autopsy is performed.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2000
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Two camps of crime writers across the Atlantic: American writers focus on "How", British writers "Why". "Postmortem" perhaps represents a recent trend in crime fictions in the US: graphic violence & gore. Efforts are focused on how the victims die & how the killers kill. Reading the details of the scene is like watching a Hollywood R-rated movie. The book stimulates our senses and emotions more than it satisfies our intelligence. A question of "how" has to be addressed by an answer of "how". That's why we see the most state-of-the-art, high-tech forensic technique in US novels. The laser gun in "postmortem" looks like a toy compared with all the gadgets you'll find in Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series. When the pages are overloaded with HOW's, little room is left for WHY's, and the final conclusions seem to have little significance. In "postmortem", we never know why the killer did what he did, and in the end the author simply makes the character yet another "crazy" person so commonly found in US novels, and as readers we also are too emotionally drained to care. The British tradition, from Doyle to Christie to the more recent Dexter, tends to focus more on WHY. These authors spent very little time on the crime scenes, let alone all the "bloody details". Instead, they liked to ask WHY the crime is committed. From there the stories evolve around the social & psychological aspects and the relationships among the characters. There is no sensual excitement, but more intellectual satisfaction. Often I wonder if this difference between the two groups of writers reflects the difference of their writing philosophies, or worse, the natures of the two societies.
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