From the world’s #1
bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just
returned from working one of the worst mass murders in US history when she’s
awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.
A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been
discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is
that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a
trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the
trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and
Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a
connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.
At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton,
but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces
brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint.
Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic
and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person
responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have
terrorized Washington, DC. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI
profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the
government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.
In Dust, Scarpetta
and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual
predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The
murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs,
drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest
With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in
forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability
to surprise—and to thrill. Download and start listening now!