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Cruel & Unusual Summary
Patricia Cornwell

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Cruel & Unusual Summary

Plot Summary

Cruel and Unusual is the fourth in the Kay Scarpetta series of novels by Patricia Cornwell. In this novel, Scarpetta is waiting for a death row inmate to be brought to her morgue for autopsy. Scarpetta performs a normal autopsy, finding no surprises, only to discover a short time later that someone who appears to be her dead convict is committing crimes throughout Richmond. Not only this, but Scarpetta's trusted morgue supervisor is found dead, and all evidence seems to point in Scarpetta's direction. Cruel and Unusual is a dear friend in peril, making it Patricia Cornwell at her best.

Scarpetta is not used to planning an autopsy on men who are still alive, but finds herself doing just that on the night Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed. Waddell brutally murdered a young television reporter ten years before and has received the sentence the state of Virginia felt...

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