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"Killing me won't kill the beast" are the last words of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written four days before his execution. But they can't explain how Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds Waddell's fingerprints on another crime scene -- after she'd performed his autopsy. If this is some sort of game, Scarpetta seems to be the target. And if the next victim is someone she knows, the punishment will be cruel and unusual...

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Cruel and Unusual
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Cornwell never disappoints!
July 8th, 2015
Lots of psychological suspense and a great story. It's a bit graphic, but it's also a sophisticated plot.
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February 3rd, 2014
This was my second time reading this Kay Scar petty novel by Patricia Cornwell. Lived it the first time and just as much the second time.
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Cruel and Unusual
November 25th, 2013
Excellent read as Cornwell sets the stage for the pursuit of Temple Brooks Gault in upcoming issues of the Scarpetta series. Excellent read.
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