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Forensic Thrillers

An autopsy is a surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse by dissection to determine the cause, mode, and manner of death or to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present for research or educational purposes. In forensic crime thrillers, autopsies typically produce the evidence that convicts a killer who might have otherwise gotten away with murder. Forensic thrillers may be full of gory and gruesom chill - but dedicated readers just can't resist the intriguing blend of medical science and fiction.
Authors of forensic thrillers, such as Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Jefferson Bass or Tess Gerritsen, are usually former pathologists or have first-hand experience with autopsies. They will certainly satisfy any reader's morbid curiosity.
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Alaina Urquhart
The Butcher and The Wren
2022 (First published: 2022)
Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up. But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller never encountered a case she couldn't solve. Until now. Soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer. More ...
256 Pages
5/5
29
Ann Rule
Too Late to Say Goodbye
A True Story of Murder and Betrayal
2007 (First published: 2007)
Idyllic life in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs turned into jealous rage, as the murders of two beautiful, successful women were made to look like suicides. Perhaps Ann Rule's best book so far with detailed descriptions of cutting-edge forensic techniques. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
47
Arnaldur Indriðason
Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller
Inspector Erlendur - Book 1
2005
When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him?  More ...
304 Pages
3/5
90
Arnaldur Indriðason
Silence of the Grave
Inspector Erlendur - Book 2
2006
On the outskirts of Reykjavik, a human skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site. When Inspector Erlendur comes to investigate he finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone the body is unearthed and the violent history of a family which lived nearby is exhumed along with it.  More ...
293 Pages
3/5
49
Arnaldur Indriðason
Voices
Inspector Erlendur - Book 3
2006
The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed, and Erlendur and his detective colleagues have no shortage of suspects between hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. But then a shocking secret surfaces.  More ...
313 Pages
3/5
42
James Patterson
Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1993)
Alex Cross, a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, works in the ghettos of D.C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. But he also has two adorable kids of his own. Mysterious Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time, because Gary Soneji wants to commit the "crime of the century". More ...
480 Pages
5/5
26
Michael Connelly
Desert Star
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2022)
LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family. The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
29
Patricia Cornwell
Postmortem
Kay Scarpetta Series 1
2021 (First published: 1991)
Patricia Cronwell's first book in the Kay Scarpetta series is about a brilliant serial killer who is strangling young women. Kay is applying latest forensic techniques to identify the killer, but someone is sabotaging the investigation. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
51
Patricia Cornwell
Body of Evidence
Kay Scarpetta Series 2
2011 (First published: 1991)
Kay Scarpetta gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death: romance writer Beryl Madison. Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protégé of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur, Kay finds herself also having to deal with the unexpected reappearance of long-lost lover Mark James. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
33
Patricia Cornwell
All That Remains
Kay Scarpetta Series 3
2009 (First published: 1992)
In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
47
Patricia Cornwell
Cruel And Unusual
Kay Scarpetta Series 4
2010 (First published: 1993)
Convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair and Scarpetta prepares for his post mortem. But then the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. The two cases seem unrelated, until Scarpetta recalls that the body of Waddell's victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
44
Tess Gerritsen
The Surgeon
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2001)
A killer who targets lone women. He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. He performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician - a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them. More ...
464 Pages
4/5
25
Tess Gerritsen
The Apprentice
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2002)
In a boiling hot Boston summer a series of brutal crimes shocks the city: Wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. More ...
448 Pages
3/5
22
Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2003)
Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. More ...
432 Pages
3/5
18
Tess Gerritsen
Listen To Me
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 13
2023 (First published: 2022)
Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder. Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked, lies bludgeoned to death in her own home. But Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days. What exactly was Sofia involved in? One thing is clear: The killer will do anything it takes to keep their secret safe. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
27

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