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Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida on June 9, 1956. When she was nine years old, her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for them. After graduating from Davidson College in 1979, she worked for The Charlotte Observer eventually covering the police beat and winning an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. Her award-winning biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, A Time for Remembering, was published in 1983. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a technical writer and a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. While working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels. Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected by seven different publishers, once it was published in 1990 it became the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. She is the author of the Kay Scarpetta series, the Andy Brazil series, and the Winston Garano series. She has also written two cookbooks entitled Scarpetta's Winter Table and Food to Die For; a children's book entitled Life's Little Fable; and non-fiction works like Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Postmortem… (more)
Postmortem 7,022 copies, 103 reviews
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Predator 4,548 copies, 60 reviews
Book of the Dead 4,110 copies, 73 reviews
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Hornet's Nest 3,222 copies, 29 reviews
At Risk 2,817 copies, 43 reviews
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Southern Cross 2,559 copies, 22 reviews
Isle of Dogs 2,446 copies, 30 reviews
Port Mortuary 2,237 copies, 65 reviews
Red Mist 1,880 copies, 49 reviews
The Front 1,796 copies, 45 reviews
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Flesh and Blood 1,161 copies, 41 reviews
Depraved Heart 1,062 copies, 31 reviews
Chaos 870 copies, 17 reviews
Quantum: A Thriller 389 copies, 17 reviews
Autopsy 382 copies, 13 reviews
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Spin 104 copies, 4 reviews
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Her first crime novel, Postmortem, was published by Scribner’s in 1990. Initially rejected by seven major publishing houses, it became the first novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure in a single year. In Postmortem, Cornwell introduced Dr. Kay Scarpetta as the intrepid Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1999, Dr. Scarpetta herself won the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author
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