Depraved Heart

Depraved Heart

A Scarpetta Novel

Book - 2015
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Patricia Cornwell delivers the twenty-third engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta

Depraved Heart: "Void of social duty and fatally bent on mischief." --Mayes v. People, 806 III. 306 (1883)

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn't know whom she can tell--not her FBI husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul's daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta's entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious--but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that's the message they send when they raid Lucy's estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.

In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she's the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

"Dr. Kay Scarpetta . . . [is] an awesome force in the field of forensic science." -- The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443436731
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COR
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 30, 2017

This series of books is 27 years old! I missed a few of the series but can say it has grown stale. Old characters from the past, old love triangles.....yet nothing new. If she wants to revive this series she should put Scarpetta with the man who really loves her--Marino. Benton is tiresome and boring and put his job over his wife. The earlier novels focused more on the forensic side of things as well. The end was weird and horrific and of COURSE left with lots of loose ends so she can write another. I better refrain from commenting on the loose morality of the characters...I mean this woman wrote the biography of Billy Graham's wife and I thought her to be a Christian author at first.

Jun 27, 2017

Not up to her standard.

Feb 06, 2017

I sadly have to agree with other readers who found this book disappointing. We get it, the main character is evil, but did we need to read it all 500 plus pages. The ending didn't explain much and you were left to just figure out most of it on your own. I would not recommend this book to someone never reading her Kay Scarpetta series, since most of it centers on past characters. As a longtime fan of Patricia Cornwell, her last several novels have not had the same page turning effect for me and not sure I want to invest anymore time in reading this series.

Apr 20, 2016

Not one of her best - had to have read & be familiar with most of her characters to wade through this boring book.

Mar 30, 2016

Disappointing, long and not as wxciting as her earlier work. The Lucy and Aunt Kay story line is getting old and stale.

Feb 09, 2016

The ending is so bad in this book its almost as if the publisher said to the author, sorry max n pages and cut it short to fit it in.

I re-read the (second) last chapter and I still don't know how it ended. Was it solved?

Feb 03, 2016

horrible book with a horrible ending

Jan 14, 2016

Disappointing.A jumbled, wordy odyssey heavy on nasty. I won't be tempted again having already decided I'd read enough of Patricia Cornwell quite some time ago.

Dec 28, 2015

Excellent book. Could not put it down. Down side the picture of the author is creepy looking.

Dec 22, 2015

I might be the only person in the world to think so but these novels seem to have less and less of an actual storyline, instead hinting darkly at secrets from former books and exploring the minds and thoughts of the people involved. This one didn't do it for me, sadly.

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Feb 09, 2016

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