About the author:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell is one of world’s best-loved authors, with more than 120 million copies of her books in print and sold in more than 100 countries. Her award-winning series of novels featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who uses science to solve crimes, set the standard for the genre and paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring all things forensic across books, film, and TV.
In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. 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 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.
Patricia Cornwell’s research is unparalleled for its full and total immersion in the worlds she creates. For her Kay Scarpetta novels, she became adept at a wide range of skills from motorcycles to firearms, ballistics and weapons, to autopsies, death investigation and high-tech instrumentation. She earned certifications as a scuba diver and helicopter pilot. For the Captain Chase series, Cornwell gained insider access to one of the world’s most secret and impregnable institutions. She traveled all over the country touring NASA facilities (as well as Sierra-Nevada Corporation and Blue Origin), and along the way, she learned to spacewalk, explored the training facilities used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and worked closely with a variety of NASA scientists and astronauts.
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‘America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction’
‘She is a brilliant writer.’
‘One of the best crime writers writing today.’