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From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.

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 engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.

In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.

With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.

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Dust
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3.7 / 5
No more Scarpetta for me
March 24th, 2015
Boring read , very muddled storyline . Story seemed to jump all over the place and go on forever. I think this will be the last time I read a Patrica Cromwell book.
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Dust
January 17th, 2015
It's OK but not up to her usual standards . It was rather boring and not enough morgue time and technical stuff as is usually the case.
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Dust
November 10th, 2014
Just completed the last in the series...again. Re-read all from the beginning and am now anticipating tomorrow's launch of the newest book. The characterization is quite real to me - the story lines intricate and unexpected. Another great read from a seasoned and talented author.
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Dust
July 17th, 2014
I love Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels. I've read other writers books, but not one holds my attention like her books do. Thanks for having such a vast library of her new and older books.
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Dust
July 13th, 2014
Enjoyed reading Patricia Cornwall again. Great read.
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Dust
June 9th, 2014
Choppy. Jumps conversations between characters. Sometimes you have to reread to see who said what.
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Never again
May 4th, 2014
I stopped reading this as soon as I read her reference to a recent massacre of children. Only a childless person could use such a tragedy in such a callous way. Never again will I read her books.
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Dust
April 1st, 2014
OMG...dont want to spoil anything but what a fast paced, plot twisting psychological story!
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Dust
March 3rd, 2014
A little long and drawn out. Not her usual stuff.
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Dust
February 11th, 2014
It was a good read. It had a lot of suspense and a good plot. I loved it-Cornwell continues to write wonderful books.
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Dust
February 5th, 2014
Getting way too predictable. Still a good story but......
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Dust
January 15th, 2014
This the 21st edition of the Sarpetta series and the latest addition of same is just as good as all the previous versions. I just read the entire series consecutively for the second time and enjoyed it as Much as the first round. Keep up the great work Cornwell!
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Dust
January 6th, 2014
Patricia Cornwell writes another awesome book!!!! Can't wait for the next book
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Unrelated to the story.
January 5th, 2014
This is not the author's best effort. A bit laborious to read and somewhat repetitive.
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Dust
December 12th, 2013
To drawn out
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
December 6th, 2013
I love all her books.I feel like I know the characters in her book.please keep writing. .Thank you..
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Dust
December 4th, 2013
Never tire of Scarpetta&company. This book is classic Cornwell, thankfully, because the last book wasn't.Welcome Back!
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Dust
November 16th, 2013
Loved it, as usual. I can't figure out the true suspect until the end of her books. And, that is the way I want a good mystery to go!!
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