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Patricia Cornwell

Author of Postmortem

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less


Works by Patricia Cornwell

Postmortem (1990) 7,110 copies
The Body Farm (1994) 6,304 copies
From Potter's Field (1995) 5,671 copies
Cruel and Unusual (1993) 5,538 copies
Cause of Death (1996) 5,536 copies
All That Remains (1992) 5,487 copies
Body of Evidence (1991) 5,460 copies
Blow Fly (2003) 5,346 copies
Point of Origin (1998) 5,323 copies
Black Notice (1999) 5,298 copies
Unnatural Exposure (1997) 5,140 copies
Trace (2004) 5,130 copies
The Last Precinct (2000) 5,091 copies
Predator (2005) 4,743 copies
Book of the Dead (2007) 4,295 copies
Scarpetta (2008) 3,441 copies
Hornet's Nest (1996) 3,328 copies
At Risk (2006) 2,920 copies
The Scarpetta Factor (2009) 2,820 copies
Southern Cross (1999) 2,647 copies
Isle of Dogs (2001) 2,537 copies
Port Mortuary (2010) 2,361 copies
Red Mist (2011) 2,016 copies
The Front (2008) 1,886 copies
The Bone Bed (2012) 1,733 copies
Dust (2013) 1,429 copies
Flesh and Blood (2014) 1,395 copies
Depraved Heart (2015) 1,179 copies
Chaos (2016) 973 copies
Autopsy (2021) 520 copies
Quantum (2019) 443 copies
Livid (2022) 392 copies
Scarpetta's Winter Table (1998) 353 copies
Unnatural Death (2023) 146 copies
Spin (2021) — Author — 141 copies
Chasing the Ripper (2014) 67 copies
Life's Little Fable (1999) 47 copies
[Title missing] (1980) 23 copies
Livid (2022) 9 copies
Kay Scarpetta Series (1990) 8 copies
Blow Fly, Part 2 (2003) 5 copies
Blow Fly, Part 1 (2003) 4 copies
At Risk / The Front (2008) 3 copies
Fronta (2009) 1 copy
Spin 1 copy
NE RREZIK 1 copy
Link 1 copy
Star Quest 1 copy
Book 4 1 copy
Harlequin 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Cornwell, Patricia Carroll Daniels
Other names
קורנוול, פטרישה דניאלס
Miami, Florida, USA
Places of residence
Miami, Florida, USA (birth)
Montreat, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Davidson College (BA | 1979 | English)
technical writer (Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia)
computer analyst
Gruber, Staci (spouse)
Short biography
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



This was a good story; I love that there were so many forensic details included when Kay was investigating the body and the crime scene(s). This reminded me of the older Scarpetta novels and I miss this in the newest novels.
Shauna_Morrison | 12 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |



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