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#1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense classic.

Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer.

It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we’ve seen her before—in a stunning achievement from a bestselling author at the peak of her powers.

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 30

Customer Reviews

Body farm ,

The body farm

Good story with some tweets ad turns but basically a Cornell thriller

Kiki2Bee ,

Not a new title

Originally published in 1994. Only the ebook is 2010. Nice trick.

MStutts ,

The Body Farm

What an incredibly informative book. Before reading Patricia Cornwell, I had no that the University of Tennessee had such a program, nor that such experiments were being performed on donated bodies. At first I was taken aback. It also reminded me of the two criminals in Edinburgh, Scotland, who not only obtained corpses illegally, by digging them up from cemeteries, they actually started to kill people to sell their bodies to the medical school in the Edinburgh to medical students at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. They were eventually caught and executed.
I’ve gotten off the point. In The Body Farm, it is explained how people donate their bodies to the school so that the PhD students, coroners, law enforcement, etc. can study how different bodies decompose in different situations. Such as, a body knifed, rolled up in a Persian rug, put in a hollowed out log and left out in the open air during the hottest part of a summer in the Deep South. The wrapping will delay decomp to a degree, but the fact that blow flies cannot reach the body as soon as they usually would, means time of death is not readily apparent to the law enforcement officers. I loved this series in the beginning, but later books were not my cup of tea.

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