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Patricia Cornwell 'is not a typical crime writer'

30th November 2009

Bestselling crime author Patricia Cornwell does not think that her books fall into the thriller genre.

Speaking to the Observer, the writer said she 'hates' the term and believes her works are different from a typical crime-fiction novel.

'I think the Scarpetta novels are much more character-driven than an average puzzle solver,' she explained.

Cornwell, whose works include Postmortem and Book of the Dead, also touched on reasons for the popularity of the crime novel, saying: 'We're interested in death and violence because we're afraid of them and want to make sense of them.'

However, the 53-year-old admitted that her time as a crime writer, experience as a morgue worker and witnessing an execution by lethal injection have not made the thought of death any easier for her to deal with.

She also told the newspaper that she has never seen the Saw horror films, which are notoriously graphic, explaining that they would 'scare [her] to death' and she thinks people should avoid becoming desensitised to gore.

Last week, Cornwell told the Press Association that she thinks Angelina Jolie would be ideal for the role of forensic medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta when her novels hit the big screen.

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