A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending December 3rd, 2010 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
Just some minor shuffling on the list this week -- yes, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson is remains in the top spot -- with one new title debuting.
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Coming in at number 11 is Port Mortuary, the 18th mystery in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.
A treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. At the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt, she found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy -- a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.
As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.
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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:
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