Cruel and Unusual

Cruel and Unusual

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11:05 p.m. Convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the Commonwealth of Virginia's electric chair. His death is not the only newsworthy event on this cold December night. Three hours after young Eddie Heath goes out to buy a can of soup, his nude, grotesquely wounded body is found propped against a dumpster. The two events seem unrelated until chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta remembers that Waddell arranged his victim in a strikingly similar position. And then there's a new murder, the most puzzling of all.
Publisher: New York : Scribners, 1997.
ISBN: 9781416505402
Call Number: CORNWELL
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Scarpetta, Kay (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Medical examiners (Law) -- Fiction.
Forensic pathologists -- Fiction.
Women physicians -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- Fiction.
Richmond (Va.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Alternative Title: Cruel & unusual


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Apr 22, 2018

I liked this one! Kay's niece, Lucy, is more fun now that she is older. I loved when she corrected Marino's grammar, lol! I didn't pay too much attention to the UNIX OS parts, as I figured there was no point in letting myself get confused over something from the 1970s. I get confused too easily as it is, snort!

Jul 01, 2012

Not just one mystery but there are a couple going on intertangled. Not all get solved in this book, some continue to others. I suggest reading Patricia Cornwell books in order, otherwise you feel you missed something and have to play catch up at the beginning.

Krajzel Oct 31, 2011

I thought I had read everything written by Patricia Cornwell, what a pleasant surprise to find one I had not read. Excellent, up to Cornwells expectations.

Mar 24, 2010

An excellent early novel by Cornwell. She won the Gold Dagger Award. It does tend to get a bit gory but nevertheless a good mystery.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.


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