First Edition of Postmortem; Inscribed by Her to Forensic Pathologist Richard Froede prior to Publication
Item Number: 61002
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
First edition of Cornwell’s first novel and the first to feature Kay Scarpetta. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author prior to the publication date on the title page, “To Dr. [Richard] Froede – The chief among all forensic scientists! Best Patricia Daniels Cornwell 1989.” The recipient Richard Froede was a forensic pathologist who assisted Cornwell regarding facts in this novel. He was a Professor of Pathology and Chief of Forensic Sciences at the University of Arizona. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Winslow Pinney Pels. An excellent association.
With this novel, bestselling author Patricia Cornwell created one of crime fiction's most compelling heroines: gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell's gift for combining cutting edge criminology with nerve-shattering suspense makes this book a true modern classic. Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within-and someone wants her dead. The novel went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure prize - the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.