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Patricia Cornwell is one of the world's major internationally bestselling authors, translated into thirty-six languages in more than fifty countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital's National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards's Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year--the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Her most recent bestsellers include "Red Mist," "Port Mortuary," "The Scarpetta Factor," "The Front," and "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper." Her earlier works include "Postmortem"--the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year--and "Cruel & Unusual, " which won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.
"The tight plot keeps a local focus, the disconnected deaths are neatly tied together...and there are plenty of stomach-churning autopsies performed with cutting--edge equipment."--"The New York Times Book Review" "An ingenious murder method, more hours in the mortuary and forensics lab than usual, an uncharacteristically muffled killer, and all the trademark battles among the regulars and every potential ally who gets in their way."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The story is nail-bitingly violent and suspenseful, and it highlights Scarpetta's signature survival instinct, brilliant logic and attention to personal relationships."--"The City Paper" (Nashville, TN)