2009: #88 – Unnatural Exposure (Patricia Cornwell)

When the body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta initially believes that the clues mirror that of a serial killer she’s encountered before. But upon further investigation she discovers puzzling pox-like eruptions on the woman’s body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

The killer then contacts Scarpetta via e-mail, and she enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace. When Scarpetta learns that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, she begins to realize that she’s dealing with a sophisticated and devious mind.

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2007: #67 – Portrait of a Killer (Patricia Cornwell)

Book #67 was Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper — Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. The back of the book reads: America’s #1 bestselling crime writer solves the case that has baffled experts for more than a century. For over 100 years the Jack the Ripper murders have remained among the world’s greatest unsolved crimes, and theories have been posited which point the finger at royalty, a barber, a doctor, a woman, and an

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2007: #29 – From Potter's Field (Patricia Cornwell)

Book #29 was From Potter’s Field, the 6th book in Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series. The back of the book reads: An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault. Scarpetta, on assignment with the FBI, visits the New

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2006: #107 – Chase (Dean Koontz); #108 – The Body Farm (Patricia Cornwell)

Book #107 was Chase, by Dean Koontz. The back of the book reads: Benjamin Chase, Vietnam War hero, finds himself the target of a sociopathic killer when he interrupts a murder in progress. I listened to this in the car and while raking leaves, and was surprised at how short it was. I’ve previously mentioned my love/hate relationship with Koontz, and I think I can place this one on the “like” side of the equation.

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