When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginias electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. But the murders continue, as everyone connected to Waddell begins to die—including a member of Scarpettas staff....With some help from her seventeen-year-old niece, computer whiz Lucy, as well as from her loyal friend Lieutenant Marino and FBI agent Benton Wesley, Scarpetta musters all her forensic expertise and investigative skills to uncover shocking secrets that will have vast repercussions. Cruel and Unusual moves bestselling author Patricia D. Cornwell in dramatic new directions, confirming the extraordinary range and power of this prize-winning writer.
When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and Police Lieutenant Pete Marino find the brutally wounded body of a 13-year-old boy carefully propped against a dumpster, and the only fingerprint that of an already executed criminal, their investigation takes a cruel and unusual turn. An 11-week NYT hardcover bestseller. Cornwells previous novels All That Remains, Body of Evidence, and Postmortem have over 3 million copies in print.