Cruel and Unusual

Cruel and Unusual

Book - 1997
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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: 9780684195308
0684195305
9780380718344
0380718340
9781416505402
1416505407
9781439189733
Call Number: CORNWELL
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Richmond (Va.) -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- Fiction.
Women physicians -- Fiction.
Forensic pathologists -- Fiction.
Medical examiners (Law) -- Fiction.
Scarpetta, Kay (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Alternative Title: Cruel & unusual

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vsoge
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.

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blossom21
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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