On a summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead cyclist. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.
Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband receive suspicious calls, allegedly from Interpol. But why would an elite international police agency be interested in the case? The calls are linked to anonymous cyberbully Tailend Charlie, who has been harassing Scarpetta for over a week. But even her tech-savvy niece Lucy can’t trace the person behind them.
A second death, hundreds of miles south, shocks Scarpetta to her core – suddenly she is confronting something far more dangerous than she could ever imagine. Because when the residue in the victim’s wound is analysed, the results show a material that doesn’t exist on earth…
About the author
Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, NC, and now lives and works in Boston.
Praise for Chaos:
‘Slick, fast-paced and brilliant’ Heat
Praise for Patricia Cornwell & the Kay Scarpetta novels:
‘A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller’ BBC
‘America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction’ The Times
‘Devilishly clever’ Sunday Times
‘She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped’ Mail on Sunday
‘The top gun in this field’ Daily Telegraph
‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns’ Mirror
‘The Agatha Christie of the DNA age’ Express
‘One of the best crime writers writing today’ Guardian
‘Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best’ Daily Express
‘When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell’ New York Times Book Review
‘Dazzling… After reading Cornwell’s thriller, most others will pale in comparison’ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel