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North Carolina writer Patricia Cornwell's new novel is "Spin," a science fiction look into the world of cyber-technology.

Patricia Cornwell’s novel ‘Spin’ is too tech-heavy for its own good (via Qpute.com)


North Carolina writer Patricia Cornwell's new novel is "Spin," a science fiction look into the world of cyber-technology.

Former Charlotte Observer reporter Patricia Cornwell introduced her sleuth, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, back in 1990 in “Postmortem.” Since then the 24 Scarpetta novels have easily sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Cornwell, who used to summer incognito at Wrightsville Beach, even set a couple of the books in this area.

In her spare time, Cornwell also dashed off a couple of cookbooks, two non-fiction books arguing that the English painter Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper, and three other mysteries starring fictional Charlotte reporter Andy Brazil. (One of these, “Hornet’s Nest,” was shot in Wilmington as a TNT TV movie which aired in 2012; the old StarNews newsroom co-starred as the Charlotte Observer.)

Author Patricia Cornwell has ties to the Wilmington area. She once rented a house in Wrightsville Beach for more than a year.

Cornwell has now veered off on an entirely new track, hard toward science fiction and the world of cyber-technology. In 2019, she released “Quantum,” starring Capt. Calli Chase of the U.S. Space Force. Her latest novel, “Spin,” carries Calli’s adventures into a new dimension.

It’s fun, at least intermittently. But it’s no Kay Scarpetta.

Not even 30 yet, Calli is already a quantum physicist, ace cyber-crime investigator, NASA test pilot and aspiring astronaut. (And she thinks her twin sister, Carme, is the talented one.) In “Quantum,” Calli was investigating the explosion, under suspicious circumstances, of a rocket lifting off from the NASA pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.; a classified spy satellite was aboard. Of course, there’s murder involved — and the evidence suggests that her long-missing sister Carme is somehow involved.

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