Patricia Cornwell is considered one of the world's bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990 with Postmortem--the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year--and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Ms. Cornwell's work is translated into 36 languages across more than 120 countries.
Praise for Dust "Unbearable suspense...an intense book."--The Toronto Star "Packed with too-close-for-comfort encounters...Upping the nail-biting suspense factor is the story's breakneck pace...Provides the standard--read excellent--Patricia Cornwell fare."--The Boston Globe "Cornwell's strength remains the intricate details of forensic examinations as her heroes fight to uncover both a serial killer and a high-level cover-up."--Publishers Weekly "Cornwell's grasp on her beloved character is as sure as ever."--Liz Smith More Praise for Patricia Cornwell and the Scarpetta Novels "When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."--The New York Times Book Review "Cornwell certainly is skilled at dissecting the not always attractive innards of human nature."--Forbes "Cornwell gets her Hitchcock on...[She] can generate willies with subtle poetic turns."--People "[A] grisly fast-paced thriller...utterly chilling."--Entertainment Weekly "A story so compelling that even longtime readers will be stunned by its twists and turns."--Chicago Tribune