Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta - a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself.
It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.
In this twenty-second Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.
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I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
There are so many things about the novel I do not like, I hardly know where to start. The novel starts with seven pennies against a wall and a shooting -- so far so good. But Cornwell does the same, tired thing, she make this whole novel about her inner circle casting doubt on those close to her. With so much intelligence and abilities in her, Benton, Lucy, and Marino, your would like that she could conjure up a plot line that doesn't have one of her own family suspected of stuff (I won't spoil). You see her laying some groundwork for future additions to the series which is okay. She really needs to get out of this self-doubt kick with Scarpetta and get everyone sharing information with each other taking a nasty as hell crime with intricacies like she has done in the past. A little more depth on supporting cast will do and it would be nice to see the character grow a bit -- okay maybe there was a little in this novel, but we need to see more. This plot is tired -- time for a change.
I love Lorelie King -- but NOT in the Scapetta series. For those of you who know, she narrates the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie is a ditzy comic character. Her voice makes Scapetta sound like Plum and Benton like Joe Morelli -- not a compliment. Go back to having Kate Reading do the narration -- no disrespect to Lorelie King.
Overall, this story is a meh. Try not to be too disappointed, it's worth the credit but I wouldn't rush to listen to it like I did.
This book is better than the last, though still the main characters are a little too tortured.
Everything. I hated her voice for this book. She sounded like a peppy junior high girl. This is exactly wrong for Scarpetta and Lucy, two strong, not-overly girlish women. Ugh. It was really hard to listen to.
Good intimate/personal time with Scarpetta and Benson, which is rare.
It's a good thing that I listen to audio books while doing chores and things at home, b/c then I at least accomplished something.
The previous narrator. This one has the sound and cadance of Siri. She really sounds computerized.
Too much of it is internal. No.
Cornwell has GOT to stop having Scarpetta whine about everyone in her head and do nothing about it. She complains about all of her staff yet never verbalizes anything. It is so passive-aggressive. And the narrator just adds to it, because her tone of voice is snotty and condescending and unfeeling.
One of the biggest problems I found with this book is "here comes the Lucy drama, AGAIN."
On and on about is she in trouble again? Has she gone off the range? Is she keeping secrets from Kay with Benton and/or Marino? Her sexuality. Her relationships. It's old. Stale. Unimaginative. Predictable. Can we please just get back to some good old crime solving and pathology!? And the narrator just made it drag worse. Actually had hard time finishing. Seriously considered returning for credit.
Wow, I'm only about an hour into the book and I don't know if I'm going to make it. The narrator is horrible. Why? One reason, she talks in a sing song.
I've read a ton of Patricia Cornwell and overall, her stories are very good. She was a pioneer in the forensic pathology field and shows her knowledge of the field well. She also keeps up with the latest technology in each book to show how the field has grown. The mysteries are well thought out and enjoyable.
She was horrible. When doing the character voices, she seemed fine. But whenever doing the voiceover or internal dialogue of Kay Scarpetta, her sentences were spoken in sing song. And once you notice that, you can't un-notice it.
I'm probably going to listen to the rest of the book since I like Patricia Cornwell and I'm one of those people who have to finish a book once started, but definitely sample listen beforehand to see if you can stand the narrator's performance.
I'd suggest anyone interested should read the book, not listen to the audio version. Lorelei King is an awful choice to narrate this series. She's wonderful in many other books or series, but NOT this. Kate Reading, Kate Burton, or even C.J. Critt would have been so much better (as proven by listening to earlier books in the series).
Absolutely, I really enjoy her work. However I won't download another Scarpetta novel narrated by Ms. King
Please, please, PLEASE go back to one of the earlier narrators.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book twenty-two in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. It is Kay’s birthday and FBI agent Benton Wesley, Kay’s husband are about to leave for a birthday trip to Florida. Det. Pete Marino calls Scarpetta to the scene of a fatal shooting in Cambridge. Questions arise—are these serial sniper attacks? Is it related to two shootings in New Jersey? The victim was erroneously classified a terrorist is this a factor? The hunt is on. Lucy, Scarpetta’s technology genius niece is being framed and Scarpetta is out to prove Lucy is the victim. We have the usual conflicts and infighting among the usual series characters.
The book has lots of suspense. Cornwell’s writing has improved with this book. She is now back to her old elegant style. The book is back to the old style of having Scarpetta narrating the story. The book ends with an unusual ending for Cornwell—a cliffhanger.
I keep wondering when Cornwell will close the Scarpetta series and start a new one featuring Lucy. This audio book also has a new narrator Lorelei King. Kate Burton (Richard Burton’s daughter) has probably narrated more of the series than any other narrator. I prefer a series always use the same narrator but unfortunately this series does not.
Scarpetta & Marino are back in their right roles. Lucy is her moody, brilliant self. Benton is the secretive FBI guy.
I hesitated purchasing this book because I didn't like the last two Cornwell offerings. I think she heard the reviews and made some changes back to the old ways.
Scarpetta's descriptions of herself still seem sort of stilted, a bit over the top, but the book is enjoyable, has great Scarpetta twists and ends with a cliffhanger.
I like this Patricia Cornwall series and always listen to them. This was a good story, decent narrator, but not as good as previous one. I enjoyed the book. It was just predictable. It may be time to retire Kay Scarpetta as maybe there are no more really good stories for her. I am kind of tired of some of the character's stories and development, but they are still a good read and worth a credit....not full price though :)
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