New & Notable: Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Dust’

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Dust By Patricia Cornwell Putnam, $28.95 Audiobook: Penguin Audio, $39.95; read by longtime narrator Kate Reading.

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Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s books are known for their authenticity, vivid storytelling, cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters.

Speaking of unforgettable, forensic whiz Kay Scarpetta returns in Dust, the 21st installment of the uber-popular series. She’s the chief medical examiner and director of the Cambridge Forensic Center in Cambridge, Mass. She’s just finished working the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left her “exhausted and shaken.”

But there’s no rest for Scarpetta. The body of a grad student, draped in an unusual cloth and covered in a fine dust, is found on an athletic field on the MIT campus. Could it be the work of a deviant serial killer — “The Capitol Murderer” — who is being tracked by Scarpetta’s FBI profiler husband? Or is the murder connected to a contentious lawsuit? The grad student was killed on the eve of testifying against her former money manager and his firm. And there’s a link between the grad student and Scarpetta’s niece, Lucy, a cyber-crime expert.

— Celeste Williams

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