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The Bone Bed

Patricia Cornwell

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

The twentieth thriller in the Kay Scarpetta series, from the No.1 bestseller who has sold over 75 million copies worldwide

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

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

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why.

But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator Pete Marino and FBI husband Benton Wesley have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

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

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Praise for The Bone Bed

  • One of the most interesting and singular bodies of work in popular fiction - Sunday Times

  • Absorbing stuff, quite brilliantly demonstrated. Imitators now abound, but - pathologically speaking - nobody does it like Cornwell - Literary Review

  • When she's on form, nobody is better than Cornwell at blending the details of leading-edge science and old-fashioned, blood-curdling horror - Express on Sunday

  • A wonderful writer - Daily Mail

  • The pathology is fascinating, as is the sinister atmosphere generated by Cornwell's cool prose - Harpers and Queen

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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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