Dust, Hardback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


After working on one of the worst mass killings in US history, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta returns home to recover, but an unsettling call drives her straight back to work.

The body of a young woman has been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

A preliminary examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue, and physical evidence links this to another series of disturbing homicides in Washington, DC.

As she pieces together the fragments of evidence, Scarpetta discovers that the cases connect, yet also seem to conflict, drawing herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organised crime, and shocking corruption at the highest level.

Dust is a thrilling, addictive novel featuring one of the most iconic, original and compelling characters in crime fiction today.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781847445322



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Ponderous. The last two or three Scarpetta books have been a bit of a return to form after the descent into complete fantasy that marred them for a while, but this one has a very thin plot, an increasingly irritable Kay again, Lucy acquiring more pointlessly militaristic kit but less of a character and a manufactured row with Marino that never plays out. Neither the murderer nor any of the victims have any real characterisation at all. Not good.

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