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Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel

Scarpetta is back! In this twenty-fifth in the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts an ingenious killer who has mastered cutting-edge science for the most nefarious ends.

Year: 2021     Genre: Forensic ScienceSerial Killer

Book of the Dead

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is starting over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina. But in this thrilling bestseller, her fresh start ushers in a string of murders more baffling--and terrifying--than any that have come before...

Year: 2007     Genre: Forensic Science


On a late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino, respond to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.

Year: 2016     Genre: Crime FictionForensic ScienceMurder Mystery

Depraved Heart

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

Year: 2015     Genre: Forensic SciencePsychological Thriller


A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT, and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineering grad student Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial in her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial manager, and Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence.

Year: 2013     Genre: Crime FictionForensic Science

Flesh and Blood

The master forensic sleuth finds herself in the middle of a nightmarish pursuit of a serial sniper who seems to leave no evidence except fragments of copper. The shots are so perfect, they cause instant death and seem impossible, and the death scenes aren't crime scenes because the killer was never within hundreds of yards of the victims. The victims seem to have nothing in common, and there is no pattern that might indicate where the Copperhead will strike next.

Year: 2014     Genre: Crime FictionForensic ScienceSerial Killer

Port Mortuary

In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Year: 2010     Genre: Cold CaseConspiracyForensic Science


Four young women have been found murdered--tortured and strangled in their own beds--all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

Year: 1990     Genre: Forensic Science

Quantum: A Thriller

On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences.

Year: 2019     Genre: NASATechnological Thriller

Red Mist

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings.

Year: 2011     Genre: Cold CaseCrime FictionDeath Row


Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk--and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

Year: 2008     Genre: Forensic Science

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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1990PostmortemForensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, Richmond
2007Book of the DeadForensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, South Carolina
2008ScarpettaForensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, New York City
2009The Scarpetta FactorForensic Science, Kay Scarpetta
2010Port MortuaryCold Case, Conspiracy, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta
2011Red MistCold Case, Crime Fiction, Death Row, Kay Scarpetta
2012The Bone BedPaleontology, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta
2013DustCrime Fiction, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta
2014Flesh and BloodCrime Fiction, Serial Killer, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta
2015Depraved HeartPsychological Thriller, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, Massachusetts
2016Chaos Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, Massachusetts
2019Quantum: A ThrillerTechnological Thriller, NASA, Captain Calli Chase
2021Autopsy: A Scarpetta NovelSerial Killer, Forensic Science, Kay Scarpetta, Virginia
2021SpinTechnological Thriller, NASA, Whats New, Captain Calli Chase




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