Cruel and Unusual

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Cruel and Unusual

“Killing me won’t kill the beast” warned convicted rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe

Waddell four days before his execution. Ignored as a madman’s rant, the words

come to haunt Scarpetta when Waddell’s fingerprints show up at a fresh crime—

committed after she’d performed his autopsy. It’s a chilling game, and Scarpetta

can’t afford to lose. Because if Waddell’s next victim is someone she loves, the

punishment will be CRUEL AND UNUSUAL.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439189733 | 
  • July 2013
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About the Author

Patricia Cornwell
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Patricia Cornwell

“It’s important for me to live in the world I want to write about,” says Patricia Cornwell, “If I want a character to do or know something, I try to do or know the same thing.” The award-winning former police reporter spent time working both as an employee of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and as a volunteer police officer before she wrote her first Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem. Her preparation paid off—Postmortem was the first novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, Macavity, and French Prix du Roman d’Aventure awards in one year. She has followed that up with ten other bestselling novels featuring Kay Scarpetta. She then began a new series with her #1 New York Times bestsellers Hornet’s Nest and Southern Cross. She is also the author of two cookbooks, Scarpetta’s Winter Table and Food to Die For; A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham; a children’s book, Life’s Little Fable; and her #1 bestselling work of nonfiction, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. She lives in New York City.