Cause Of Death

By Patricia Cornwell

# 7 in Kay Scarpetta


New Year’s Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia’s bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Scarpetta thirty feet below the Elizabeth River’s icy surface.

A scuba diver, Ted Eddings, is dead, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner’s office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Shipyard for a story, or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified?
With the advent of a second murder – this one hitting even closer to home – the case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and police captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together they follow the trail of death to a well of violence as dark and forbidding as the water that swirled over Ted Eddings.
Through six riveting, expertly crafted Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell has earned an international following of passionate readers. With Cause of Death, she brilliantly delivers the high-tension suspense that has secured her unique status.

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