Cornwell Patricia

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida, on June 9, 1956, and raised in Montreat, North Carolina. She began working at the Charlotte Observer after graduating from Davidson College in 1979, quickly progressing from listing television shows to writing feature articles to reporting the police beat. Her prize-winning biography of Ruth Bell Graham, A Time for Remembering, was released in 1983 and won an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of pieces on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. She worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia, as a technical writer and computer analyst from 1984 to 1990. Her debut mystery thriller, Postmortem, was published by Scribner's in 1990. It was the first novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity prizes, as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure, all in the same year, after being rejected by seven major publishing houses.

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