|Series||Kay Scarpetta Mysteries|
|Publisher||G. P. Putnam's Sons|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Pages||416 (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||0-399-15283-0 (first edition, hardback)|
|LC Class||PS3553.O692 P74 2005|
|Followed by||Book of the Dead|
Explanation of the novel's title
"PREDATOR" is an acronym for the Prefrontal Determinants of Aggressive-Type Overt Responsivity, a secret neuropsychological project to determine whether dangerous murderers have different brain patterns or functions from "ordinary" people.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Massachusetts, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team—Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli—to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.
Characters in "Predator"
- Kay Scarpetta - Former Chief Medical Examiner.
- Benton Wesley - Profiler.
- Lucy Farinelli - Kay's niece.
- Pete Marino - Detective.
- Rose - Kay's secretary.
- The hunt for a killer
Literary significance & criticism
Cornwell was considered courageous by some reviewers  for setting the characters of this novel at a major crossroads. All are on edge about their personal lives, relationships, and especially their long dependence upon and affection for each other. Mutual trusts have been eroded over previous books and the group lacks the cohesion it had earlier in the series.
The narrative style seen in previous books is also seen in Predator, with more than one character narrating. This change in narrative style from the first-person narration of Kay herself is one first seen in Blow Fly. This device not only allows for more characters and their perspectives to come to the fore, but also marks a significant transformation in the way that the novels represent the criminal. Whereas previously the criminal’s mind was never made available to the reader—thus intensifying their “otherness”—the later novels allow space to explore their point of view and uncover their motivations.
Allusions/references to actual history, geography, and current science and technology
A stolen Treo compromises the Institute's security and vexes Lucy considerably.
- Gershenbaum, B.L. 2005. Review of Predator. The Book Reporter
- Dauncey, S. University of Warwick. "Patricia Cornwell." The Literary Encyclopedia. 18 Nov. 2005. The Literary Dictionary Company. 22 April 2007.