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“Fans will rejoice:  It’s classic Patricia Cornwell.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Gripping…Her hottest adventure in years.”—People

“Patricia Cornwell retains that finer Dickensian indignation with the ways of the world that has been neglected by the small landscapes of much so-called serious writing.”—The Washington Post
 
“Her most engrossing effort in years…By the time you get to the gruesome denouement, you’re emotionally spent, but satisfied.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Fans…will welcome this tale of twisted minds and the gory havoc they cause…chilling.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Creepy doings …The technical material…continues to fascinate.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Cornwell’s best in a long time…a fiery climax.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Patricia Cornwell is considered one of the world's bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990 with Postmortem—the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure 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. Ms. Cornwell's work is translated into thirty-six languages across more than fifty countries, and she is regarded as one of the major international bestselling authors.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425222381
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425222386
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.17 x 0.95 x 7.53 inches
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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. Growing into an international phenomenon, the Scarpetta series won Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.

Today, Cornwell’s novels and iconic characters are known around the world. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written the definitive nonfiction account of Jack the Ripper’s identity, cookbooks, a children’s book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fictional series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil. While writing Quantum, Cornwell spent two years researching space, technology, and robotics at Captain Calli Chase’s home base, NASA’s Langley Research Center, and studied cutting-edge law enforcement and security techniques with the Secret Service, the US Air Force, NASA Protective Services, Scotland Yard, and Interpol.

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

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