Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times-Bestselling Author, Gives Back To Our American Veterans, In An Effort To Help America Address A National Crisis That Has Left Thousands Of Vets In Need Of Our Support

Ms. Cornwell Donates Limited Edition Ferrari 575 Maranello Superamerica, Appraised at $250,000, to be Sold for Public Auction on December 9th, with All Proceeds Benefitting Veterans Village of San Diego, A Nationally Recognized Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Veterans Organization

New York, New York, November 30, 2010 – Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times-bestselling author, has signed over the title to her limited edition 2005 Ferrari 575 Maranello Superamerica, appraised at $250,000, to Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), to be sold for public auction on December 9th, 2010 at 7pm ET. Bidders can participate in the live auction, held at the Ferrari of New England dealership in Norwood, MA, or online at http://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=34289.

All proceeds will go to Veterans Village of San Diego, a nationally recognized nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that specializes in prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare and employment services for military veterans, including men and women who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to address the alarming national crisis that continues to worsen. Currently, Veterans Village of San Diego is treating six times more post-9/11 homeless veterans than they did last year at this time, most suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and substance abuse. In San Diego County alone, there are between 3,000 and 4,000 homeless veterans. The donation comes on the heels of "America for Vets", a national campaign just launched by Ms. Cornwell to raise the American public's awareness about veterans who are in need of our support.

Ms. Cornwell comments: "We have got to take care of our veterans. What struck me about Veterans Village of San Diego is that they are a model for how we can help service men and women re-enter society when they come home from war. They are taking care of people beautifully. I feel that raising awareness is priceless, and if this car becomes the vehicle for the message of 'let's take care of our veterans in need,' then that will be the greatest payoff of all."

"We are overwhelmed by Ms. Cornwell's generosity, compassion and understanding of our veterans' needs," said Veterans Village of San Diego President/CEO Phil Landis. "It's one thing to be struck by our veterans' needs, but it's another to actually do something about it. It is an honor to accept her Ferrari. The money we raise in the auction will be used to benefit veterans in need, those who have fallen through the safety nets. We know she loves her Superamerica and has no reason to donate it other than to help our veterans. For that we are extremely thankful. We are proud to call her a friend and partner."

The rare, 2005 Ferrari 575 Maranello Superamerica is one of only 559 produced. It boasts a 540 horsepower, V12 engine, and has a top speed of almost 200 miles per hour. Its condition is "showroom new," inside and out, with only 5,865 miles on the odometer. With the flip of a switch, the car goes from a hardtop to convertible with the unique, rotating glass roof panel that hinges back over the rear deck for open-air motoring. It's a "mature Ferrari" with its Grigio Mettalico or dark gunmetal grey metallic with matching dark graphite leather interior. It also sports the GTC Handling package which includes sport-oriented suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, upgraded exhaust system and carbon ceramic brakes. This is more than a sports car, it's a "work of art" whose value will surely and dramatically increase with time.

The car will be sold for public auction on December 9th, 2010 at 7pm ET. Bidders can participate in the live auction, held at the Ferrari of New England dealership in Norwood, MA, or online at http://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=34289.

NOTE TO THE PRESS:

Patricia Cornwell is one of the world's major internationally bestselling authors, translated into thirty-six languages in more than fifty countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, a founding member of the National Forensic Academy, and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital's National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Ms. Cornwell's eighteenth Kay Scarpetta novel, Port Mortuary, is being published by G. P. Putnam's Sons on November 30th. Her most recent New York Times bestsellers include The Scarpetta Factor, Scarpetta, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

About the "America for Vets" Campaign: Beginning this December 1, at Ms. Cornwell's national book-tour stops, readers can make in-kind donations that will go toward the support of Veterans Village of San Diego. Donated items for men and women that will be gratefully accepted include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, combs, brushes, hair gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, lip balm, disposable razors, shaving cream, Q-tips, feminine products, and toiletry kits. G. P. Putnam's Sons will cover the cost of shipping in-kind donations collected at each event. To learn more about the campaign, and to view Ms. Cornwell's scheduled tour stops in conjunction with her upcoming book, Port Mortuary, which is being published in hardcover by G. P. Putnam's Sons on November 30, visit www.penguin.com/americaforvets.

Veterans Village of San Diego is a nationally recognized nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that specializes in prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare and employment services for military veterans, including men and women who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Founded in 1981 by Vietnam veterans, Veterans Village of San Diego has five locations throughout San Diego County and serves more than 2,000 veterans each year.

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Contacts:

Marilyn Ducksworth
212-366-2564
marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com

Dave Zimmer
(212) 366-2687
david.zimmer@us.penguingroup.com

Tom Mitchell
(619) 260-8360
tom.mitchell@vvsd.net