Patricia Cornwell in conversation with AJ West for the release of AUTOPSY

Local legend Patricia Cornwell is back with her newest Kay Scarpetta novel! We are beyond thrilled to be a part of this virtual launch week event! 

Your ticket includes:

  • admission to this exclusive virtual event
  • a signed copy of Autopsy
  • an opportunity to submit a question to be answered during the event

About the Book:

In this next novel in the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders.

Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has returned to Virginia as the chief medical examiner. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away for many years, she’s inherited an overbearing secretary and a legacy of neglect and possible corruption.

She and her husband, Benton Wesley, now a forensic psychologist with the U.S. Secret Service, have relocated to Old Town Alexandria where she’s headquartered five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that’s been torn by civil and political unrest. Just weeks on the job, she’s called to a scene by railroad tracks where a woman’s body has been shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine. As Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own historic neighborhood.

At the same time a catastrophe occurs on a top-secret private laboratory in outer space, and at least two scientists aboard are found dead. Appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission that specializes in sensitive national security cases, Scarpetta is summoned to the White House Situation Room to work the case remotely, dispatching astronauts from the International Space Station to deal with the scene and the bodies. She works the first crime scene in space as an apparent serial killer strikes again, this time even closer to home. Almost literally in her own back yard.

In this latest novel in her groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series, Patricia Cornwell captivates readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that she is famous for, proving once again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.

About the Author: 

Patricia Cornwell has sold over 115 million books. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem was
the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring all things forensic across film, television and literature.

A.J. West grew up in Buckinghamshire, England before studying English Literature at University in Lancashire. He worked around the world as an award-winning network television and radio news presenter and reporter before appearing on the cult reality television programme Big Brother, where he became a household name, though the specific household is yet to be identified. His surprise hit debut novel, The Spirit Engineer gained a worldwide following, and fans including actor Jodie Whittaker, Broadway and West End illusionist Derren Brown and Patricia Cornwell. To find out more, visit:

Event date: 

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Online on Crowdcast