Cruel and Unusual - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4 Author:Patricia . Cornwell Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical examiner of Virginia, takes on her most terrifying case ever. Convicted killer, Ronnie Joe Waddell has been executed, but he leaves behind an enigmatic legacy. Some papers Waddell stole are still missing and the present governor of Virginia would do just about anything to retrieve them. In addition, Waddell's... more » fingerprints turn up at the scene of a new murder. Even Scarpetta herself becomes a suspect, with both her life and her career threatened.