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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Forensic science

The twenty-first Kay Scarpetta thriller, from the No.1 bestseller who has sold over 75 million books worldwide

The twenty-first book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.


'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times

After working on one of the worst mass killings in US history, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta returns home to recover, but an unsettling call drives her straight back to work.

The body of a young woman has been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue, and physical evidence links this to another series of disturbing homicides in Washington, DC.

As she pieces together the fragments of evidence, Scarpetta discovers that the cases connect, yet also seem to conflict, drawing herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organised crime, and shocking corruption at the highest level.

Dust is a thrilling, addictive novel featuring one of the most iconic, original and compelling characters in crime fiction today. And don't miss Cornwell's new Scarpetta thriller, Unnatural Death.

Praise for the groundbreaking series:


'One of the best crime writers writing today' Guardian

'Devilishly clever' Sunday Times

'The top gun in this field' Daily Telegraph

'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns' Mirror

'The Agatha Christie of the DNA age' Express

TRACE was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller in paperback in April 2005

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Praise for Dust

  • Cornwell, who has already won more prizes than you can shake a stick at, seems to be getting better and better - City AM

  • If you like your fiction fast-paced with a scientific twist, Cornwell delivers once again, and if you are new to Scarpetta, you are sure to be hooked by the end of the first chapter - Irish Examiner

  • The iconic forensic consultant is as brittle as ever, and the body count is as high as Cornwell fans have come to expect. Cornwell hasn't sold 100 million novels for no good reason - Independent

  • Praise for Patricia Cornwell - -

  • One of the best crime writers writing today - Guardian

  • Devilishly clever - Sunday Times

  • The top gun in this field - Daily Telegraph

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Patricia Cornwell

PATRICIA CORNWELL burst onto the crime fiction scene with POSTMORTEM, and the subsequent novels featuring the forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta have all been substantial bestsellers.
Author Location: New York.

Postmortem/Body of Evidence/All That Remains/Cruel and Unusual/Body Farm/From Potter's Field/Cause of Death/Unnatural Exposure/Point of Origin/Black Notice/Last Precinct/Blow Fly/Trace/Predator/Hornet's Nest/Southern Cross/Isle of Dogs/At Risk/Portrait of a Killer

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