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Postmortem Summary
Patricia Cornwell

Everything you need to understand or teach Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell.

  • Postmortem Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Postmortem Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Postmortem Summary

Plot Summary

Post Mortem by Patricia Daniels Cornwell is a novel that follows the life and career of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist and the Chief Medical Examiner of Richmond, Virginia.

Kay Scarpetta is a full-blooded Italian, petite blonde, divorced professional who lives in the west end of Richmond. Throughout the course of the book, Kay shares her home with her ten year old niece, Lucy. Lucy is a genius, precocious, and troubled by the upbringing she receives from her mother, a writer who is more interested in men and creating fictional characters than she is Lucy. Kay attempts to fill some of Lucy's needs although it difficult since Lucy and her mother live in Miami.

Post Mortem involves the brutal rapes and slayings of five women throughout the Richmond area. Each woman is stalked, strangled, raped, and asphyxiated. There seems to be no discernible pattern in the killings...

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Study Pack

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Postmortem Study Guide

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