Book of the Dead, Paperback
1.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The 'book of the dead' is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand.

For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning.

Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace.

Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues offer expert crime scene investigation and autopsies to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the murders and other violent deaths begin.

A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home.

The body of an abused young boy is found dumped in a desolate marsh.

A sixteen-year-old tennis star is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome.

Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones before her now.

Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names - and the pen may be poised to write her own.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751534054



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After finishing this book, I made the decision never to read another Scarpetta title. I read all her early titles, but this was clearly a case of 'flogging a dead horse' as we say in the UK. ( well I do! ) I almost think that the 2 star rating may be too generous.

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I was very disappointed in this book. There just wasn't enough to get my teeth into. It's a shame, because I was looking forward to this one. Too much character description, private lives, which all seemed a touch irrelevant as I was interested in the murderer. The characters annoyed me a bit as well. Overall, not what I expected from Cornwell, not one of her best by a long shot.

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