After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.
Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer. The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain - or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.
©2013 Patricia Cornwell (P)2013 Penguin Audio
A first time reader.
Not a Patricia Cornwell.
Don't know, She was a poor choice for these characters.
Cut the excessive character interaction and development. Keep to the crime.
Thought I would give this author another chance. She failed for a third time.
Though not badly written and very well-read, dust was a disappointment to me. Might be a perfectly good book, but it fell short of my expectations for a tightly-paced, fast-moving thriller. I am so tired of and so annoyed by the Scarpetta/Marino dance
Remember when Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta books were really entertaining, engaging thrillers about tracking down serial killers and solving mysteries? Remember when the focus was at least partly on the autopsy suite? (I miss those books.) I've been disappointed for the past several books, but the earlier ones were so good I just keep trying...
Those who like to wallow in the depression of the protagonist.
The plot could work for those for whom character is not important. Continuation of past stereotypes & story lines like past books with this weak cast.
Do not think I could take hours more of her whining narration.
My biggest problem with this book revolves around one dimensional Characters.Kay is too vulnerable and sentimental to be an interesting protagonist.Benton is too perfect except for melancholia. Poor old Marinio is Falstaff without redeeming humanity. He has degenerated into a foil for the perfection of Kay and Benton.
This was my first try with an audio book and it was terrible. I had an unexpected eye problem and could not read so I thought this was a good solution but I could not finish the book. The reader was awful.
I love Patricia Cornwall.
I would love a refund. Waste of my money.
Every time a new Scarpetta book comes out I get excited to read it hoping it will hold the same thrill as her earlier books, but then when I am done I say I'll never read another one. Same goes here. Some books Marino seems on the ball, like he has actually been learning something over the past 20 years. Then he just does the dumbest things, doesn't pick up on anything as if he's a rookie. It's clear kay has a soft spot for him but she doesn't tolerate that kind of stupidity in anyone around her why does she still with him. How does Cornwell get by with writing it, on yeah- we keep buying the books that's how. Its as if she doesn't respect her readers, doesn't give them any credit. And Benton: if everyone sees him just as described and no one sees him like Kay does then why doesn't Cornwell let us see more of what Kay sees. I used to love Lucy but she's written now so far a field.
Waste of a credit and my time listening to it.
The reader has a pleasant voice, but she lifts the end of each sentence, almost like a question, that I don't like.
I admit it's been a while since I listened to a Kay Scarpetta book but she was one of my favorites for years. Then not so much. I was excited to see a new book and gave it a try. This book is SO depressing, not because of the content, which is typical scarpetta, but because Miss Kay is angry from page 1 to about 2 pages before the end. I got so tired of her complaining and griping and voicing her anger I could hardly finish. And by the time the book was through, I just wanted it to be over. I didn't even care how it turned out. As always Kate Reading does a great job...unfortunately there's not much she can do to fix this.
Say something about yourself!
Scarpetta is back! Cornwell is back to the style we all love and missed. The gang is working together again without all the outlandish antics of the last few books. Well worth our credit.
The story was filled with detail after detail of the weather, surroundings, of memories and almost no story. The bulk of the story unfolds at the very end when the killer is already caught. Kay tells us over and over of her great love of Benton; why don't I believe it and why don't I care?
Not likely. I've read a lot of Cornwell's work including books not about Kay Scarpetta. I haven't liked all of them, but this last story wasn't worth the time of the money.
I used to like the Morino character and I think the reader does a splendid job but there is nothing to work with. The character is dull and flat throughout the whole book.
There are no decent characters in the book.
I listen to audiobooks for the entertainment factor. Why is it that Everyone is from Brooklyn? If you live in MA, you sound like NY. Marino should sound like NY, but like a magoo like that? I start to lose track when everyone has the same accent. Kay, on the other hand, sounds like she knows all and is just barely willing to share with us. In other words, perfect.
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