A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.
Flesh and bone: investigate more of Kay Scarpetta's forensic cases.
©1992 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
I didn't read the print version.
Serious character development of peripheral characters- some cute Moreno moments.
I enjoy her reading if Moreno and his New York accent.
I'm so glad I didn't let other reviews sway me from purchasing this book. I'm going through the Scarpetta series for the first time and other readers had me worried. I have no idea what they were talking about! This story is smart, twisty, and dark like the pervious Kay novels.
Abby Turnbull returns. Additionally, we learn a lot more about Moreno and Wesley in this installment.I enjoyed the whole story and it definitely kept me listening, waiting to see whodunit.
For anyone reading the whole series, I can't imagine not including this book in the lineup! Worth the listen.
Fun read...Kay Scarpetta, our heroine, hangs in there against entrenched bureaucracy and Washington DC favorite political appointees. But, her relationships go nowhere. Nobody reviews Pete Marino; in this book, she remakes him into a decent human being from a slob. One wonders if Cornwell knows somebody like that and does a virtual redo. Page turner that does not lag or sag. Show me the next book!
This book was very good, but then all the Scarpetta novels are good. They all have such twists and turns. Sometimes I do wonder though, about how all these weirdos get to her! ;o)
This was one of the earlier of the Kay series and it was one that I had not read so I enjoyed how the story developed and I felt like an observer watching the development of not only solving the case, but in the shifting each character's personal life.
The strategy and the plot and development of the case
This was my first time listening to C.J. , it took me about ten minutes into the story and then I was used to her voice and it seem to fit very well.
There was a lot of emotion in this book, not enough humor, but not sure if it was needed. I was guessing throughout trying to figure the case and the life of the characters and the ending left me wanting to go to the next book.
I always enjoy Patrica Cornwell's books, she is complicated but yet puts it all so simple and smooth. I even like the way she takes the time to describe the scenery, the weather, the color of hair, clothes, all the small but important details that bring the story to life.
Cornwell - yes. Critt - NO
It could have been read by someone else. Critt takes pauses that are so long, I have checked numerous times to see if my device has died. Her voice for Benton is absurd - some snarky, angry-at-the-world jerk that snaps every word he says. Not Benton at all. And for god's sake, does she have the mic shoved in her mouth or does she breathe abnormally loud? Disgusting.
This might be ok but it is an old book and is irrelevant by today's standards
In my top five for sure.
I like that the storyline was simple and easy to follow.
I just like her narration in general.
I would recommend this to anyone into mystery and detective novels. It has a similar feel to the Patterson Women's Murder Club series, which I loved!
I love this author. I have readand listened to lots of her books. I haven't listened to them in ordered of date published but it hasn't mattered. It's interesing to hear about characters iin the earlier books and learn how/why they've evolved as they have!
I have actually gone to the internet while reading/listening to a Scarpetta novel and looking things! I've learned lots!
The story was ok but seemed to drag a little bit. This could be because there were multiple books in the series and this is the only one I listened to. I was a bit turned off by the bad language. It just seemed pointless to me. I would rather have some kind of warning that the author has such a small vocabulary that they can't write a book without the use of fowl language.
The book kind of dragged on and on.
This book was not as interesting or exciting as previous books by Patricia Cornwell.
I think the only saving grace of this book was C.J. Critt. She always does a great job. She does differentiate the characters well. I also enjoy her narrations in the Stephanie Plum books.
Not really. I'll look at other reviews before purchasing.
This was a sale book at $4.95...I'm wondering if it was on sale because it didn't do too well at the regular price.
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