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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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Son, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399157578
Characteristics: 495 p. --


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Apr 21, 2017

Found this book a waste of time. Enjoyed earlier ones and was very disappointed in this one. Barely read about a third of each before giving up. So much padding, one has to believe that the writer is getting paid by the word. On and on about what her husband is doing and why he is doing it. One third through the book and all i learnt was that a body had been found and it was covered in some sort of glitter dust and very little else. I started skipping paragraphs and then whole pages and finally the rest of the book. Won't bother with any more of her books.

Jul 03, 2016

So far fetched and ridiculous. "Oh yeah, my niece is rich and has a super high tech helicopter and can pretty much do whatever she wants." Not a spoiler, you find this out very early on. I didn't even make it a quarter of the way through.

Aug 09, 2015

Once again Kay is being a martyr and trying to rationalize her husband's seeming indifference towards her. It took almost 200 pages to get to "the heart of the matter." Once it did it was a page turner.

Apr 18, 2015

It was well written and for a change the book was not all about the inner musings of Dr. Scarpetta. Unfortunately, the plot was extremely thin

Oct 12, 2014

I did enjoy the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, but I find the latest ones are not worth the time it takes to read them. This one is at least 75% Kay's problems with other people and maybe at the most 25% of solving the actual crimes. If you want something to read and this book is free and all that is available then read it. If you are new to Patricia Cornwell's book read her early novels and you will enjoy them. Forget about the latter ones.

Apr 27, 2014

I agree with Markvill1 , poor little Scarpetta, people are always hurting her feelings, as always some bigwig in their close circle is involved in the crime, this time Benton's boss. I have read all the books in the series. I miss the earlier novels. As always, I find myself irritated with Scarpetta. Once again, I tell myself I am not going to read the next one.

Apr 21, 2014

Finished the book last night. Quite enjoyed it but found it very long. Was disappointed in the ending. I must have missed something because I could not find an explaination why Ed Granby was covering up Benton's findings.

JCLJenniferM Mar 18, 2014

Cornwell is back to original form with her latest Scarpetta novels. For all of us who read series, we love them for their characters. Scarpetta, Marino, Benton and Lucy face their usual trials and we learn more about their demons and drive. Recommended for fans!

Feb 25, 2014

I gave it a four but really meant 2.

Jan 23, 2014

I usually enjoy Patricia Cornwell's novels, but this particular one seemed to drag on. Her use of technicaly terms made reading dry. Benton REALLY needs to either retire and take a very long vacation. It's very obvious he's getting burned out.

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