Cruel & Unusual

Cruel & Unusual

A Novel

Book - 1993
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Scarpetta's involved in the strange case of Ronnie Joe Waddell, a convicted killer. Waddell is executed, and Scarpetta performs the autopsy. Then she is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. When the death begins to look suspiciously like murder and the dead Waddell's distinctive fingerprint turns up at the scene, Scarpetta's determined to solve the mystery.
Publisher: New York : Scribner's ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
ISBN: 9780380718344
9780684195308
9781416505402
9781439189733
0684195305
Characteristics: 356 p. 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Cruel and unusual
Summary: Scarpetta's involved in the strange case of Ronnie Joe Waddell, a convicted killer. Waddell is executed, and Scarpetta performs the autopsy. Then she is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. When the death begins to look suspiciously like murder and the dead Waddell's distinctive fingerprint turns up at the scene, Scarpetta's determined to solve the mystery.
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ValinOR14
Apr 22, 2018

I liked this one! Kay's niece, Lucy, is more fun now that she is older. I loved when she corrected Marino's grammar, lol! I didn't pay too much attention to the UNIX OS parts, as I figured there was no point in letting myself get confused over something from the 1970s. I get confused too easily as it is, snort!

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vsoge
Jul 01, 2012

Not just one mystery but there are a couple going on intertangled. Not all get solved in this book, some continue to others. I suggest reading Patricia Cornwell books in order, otherwise you feel you missed something and have to play catch up at the beginning.

Krajzel Oct 31, 2011

I thought I had read everything written by Patricia Cornwell, what a pleasant surprise to find one I had not read. Excellent, up to Cornwells expectations.

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blossom21
Mar 24, 2010

An excellent early novel by Cornwell. She won the Gold Dagger Award. It does tend to get a bit gory but nevertheless a good mystery.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Medicalexaminer Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath.

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