Short Takes: Sep. 14, 1992

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Doctoring Death

For forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta, having it all means making homemade pasta in the evening and sawing the skullcaps off corpses during the day. Patricia D. Cornwell's heroine, as dignified as her creator's middle initial, drives a Mercedes, looks at home at a tennis club and is down in the morgue before dawn, "up to my elbows in blood." In her third crime procedural, ALL THAT REMAINS (Scribner's; $20), Cornwell sets Dr. Scarpetta against a serial killer of teenage couples. In her cosmos (Richmond, Virginia), murder is never a crime passionel or a grab for wealth. Evil is...

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