The story was very confusing, switching back and forth between storylines and characters who weren't properly introduced to the listener. At some point I wondered if my player had scrambled the order of the chapters (but it hadn't!). The entire story was based on the previous book (which I haven't read), so all the references to the bad deeds of Dr. Self were absolutely lost on me. Up until the point I stopped listening to the book, the story failed to come back to the actual crime but was circling around the different characters' problems. I am sorry I spent money on this audiobook.
Unfortunately, I listened to Scarpetta first since I figured the Scarpetta series would start with the namesake book, but found I was wrong. If I had listened to this one first, I probably would not have continued the series. I found the plot lost with the endless explanations of all the technology and all the machinations of what all of it does and how. I also found myself wanting more in the way of explanations of the ancillary characters, but apparently these characters just provided fluff to fill pages. "Scarpetta" continues where this one left off, it's a far better listen than this book. It doesn't take much to figure out what happened with the characters in this book to allow Scarpetta to succeed.
Author Patricia Cornwell has yet to disappoint the readers of the Kay Scarpetta series. This book is no exception. Though the plot lacks the extra something that sets it apart from previous books, it still provides the reader with a who-done-it that isn't clear until the end. Unlike other books, however, this book ends with the reader unfulfilled about the fates of those closest to Kay. All in all a good book for those times when you need to get away and amerce yourself in another person's world.
I enjoyed this book. I have missed a few between the last one I read and listening to this one, and after hearing about Marino's escalating problems, I must find the ones I missed.
I'm glad to see Marino being fleshed out and becoming a more important character. I am a little puzzled by Scarpetta's odd reactions to events and any interactions that are confrontive, especially with Luci. Scarpetta seems to be withdrawing in many ways. There is something going on that suggests that there may be a novel coming that resolves her behavior, and since the denoument was left open regarding Marino, the next novel should be one of Cornwell's most exciting. I will wait awhile and then go back and listen to this one again.