Fans of "CSI" or forensic-centric crime novels might not realize that the person who started the craze for forensic fiction is still one of today's most popular authors: Patricia Cornwell, the creator of medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

BookPage contributor Jay MacDonald interviewed Cornwell about her new Scarpetta novel, Port Mortuary, for our December issue. Their conversation provides a fascinating glimpse at the growth of the genre, how Cornwell does her research and how her novels have evolved.

You can get more info on the plot of the new book—and find out what "port mortuary" means—in today's featured trailer:

Port Mortuary comes out today. Who's reading it? What's your favorite Scarpetta novel?

Also in BookPage: Browse reviews of Cornwell's books.

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