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Port Mortuary

Format:  Hardcover,

496 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Nov 2010

ISBN-13: 9780399157219

ISBN-10: 0399157212

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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."
-"The New York Times Book Review"

"Port Mortuary," the title of Patricia Cornwell's eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high- tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship.
As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Nov 2010
ISBN-13: 9780399157219
ISBN-10: 0399157212
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 496
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 2.0 x 9.3


Review by Library Journal (2010-10-01)

Cornwell's 18th Kay Scarpetta title, following The Scarpetta Factor (2009); simultaneous release with the Putnam Ac (1. 2 million-copy first printing); narrated for BOT by Kate Reading (Kate Burton reads the Penguin Audio edition).

Review by Library Journal (2010-12-17)

The 18th installment of Cornwell's best-selling series (after The Scarpetta Factor) weaves together ghosts of Kay Scarpetta's murky military past with modern-day high-tech terrorism. Scarpetta is finishing a fellowship at Dover Air Force Base, where she spends her days dealing in dead U.S. soldiers arriving at Port Mortuary-literally a port for the dead. Meanwhile, back at the Massachusetts-based Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC), where she is the director, disaster is brewing when evidence seems to indicate that a young man may still have been alive when his body was locked up inside the CFC's cooler.

As Scarpetta begins to investigate this death, she is astounded to discover wounds inflicted by a new weapon unfamiliar to her. Scarpetta and her team soon realize that a terrifying new na no technology is being employed for evil purposes. Cornwell breathes new life into timeworn characters and captivates readers with intensive character development and a detailed plot.

Verdict: Fans of the Scarpetta series will be clamoring for this fast-paced foray into the intriguing world of forensic science and technological terrorism.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/10.] - Amy M. Handley, Kent State Univ., Columbus, OH

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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