An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault. Scarpetta, on assignment with the FBI, visits the New York City morgue on Christmas morning, where she must use her forensic expertise to give a name to the nameless - a difficult task. But as she sorts through conflicting forensic clues, Gault claims his next victim. He has infiltrated the FBI's top secret artificial-intelligence system developed by Scarpetta's niece, and sends taunting messages as his butchery continues, moving terrifyingly closer to Scarpetta herself.
Flesh and bone: investigate more of Kay Scarpetta's forensic cases.
©1995 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
This book is really good, trying to figure out the culprit along with Scarpetta, keeps one thinking and wondering, did this person, or that one do it, so many could have. Who did it.
I love the Kay Scarpetta series. The characters are so real and come to life!
The Kay Scarpetta series is so captivating I generally listen to the book a couple of times. They are so entertaining and enthralling that once I start a title it is hard to put it down! By the end of the story I am sad to see it end. The events are believable, the reader of the stories really bring the characters to life. I am glad it is always CJ Critt who reads because she keeps the characters from one book to the next. I cannot name one other reader off the top of my head-that is how much I enjoy listening to her and I have over 160 titles in my library! You can listen to them out of order and the story quickly fills in for you, however I am currently going through the series in chronological order. Anytime someone mentions needing a good book to read, I always recommend the entire series!
Did Cornwell's pre-teen daughter write this? It makes me want to completely give up on the series... Torture to the ears
Exciting and fast paced, Scarpetta, Marino and Wesley finally tackle a3-book serial killer in downtown New York...away from her native Virginia. It was a fun read and I'm on to the next Cornwell mystery.
I'm loving these Scarpetta books, and I've enjoyed listening to Critt's character choices.
She has kept the same characterizations from the first book until now, and it makes the books more realistic, as if we're listening to real relationships evolve. I saw someone complaining about her voice for Wesley, and that just seems like a negative negative Nancy thing to complain about.
Sure he's not voiced like Mark was, but he is voiced like he always has been, which suits his personality. There are some actual human beings who fall in love with guys who chew their words and take life a little too seriously.
I'm running through these books like water - I'm already dreading the end - of the series, and I believe a brand new book comes out soon!
I've listened to the Scarpetta books in order. I thought the first two had promise, the next two were wonderful, and book five entertaining. This book is head-scratchingly bad. First, Gault is not just unbelievable, but worse than that, he's uninteresting. Second, the plot goes from one bewildering turn to another. Third, the narrator is great as Scarpetta, but not so great when she does other voices -- some are fine, but others are like fingernails on a chalkboard. Forth, -- POSSIBLE SPOILER -- the reveal at the 2/3 mark is just too absurd to believe.
Forensics is an interesting subject and it's fun to watch a pro go about her work, but for the reasons mentioned above, this book's been a major disappointment.
Say something about yourself!
I am re-listening to a lot of these books, as I listened to them via cassette years ago. Got a bit tired of Lucy being a brat and Scarpetta (super woman) thinking she is the only person who can do anything and the only person who cares.Thought the ending was a big build up then a bit anti-climatic. But that has happened in the last 2 books also. I am on to another book, Cause of Death, and finding the super women/bratty niece theme continued. As far as C.J. Critt as a narrator, I've gotten used to her, and really don't mind her at all.
I can't listen to another Scarpetta novel narrated by CJ Critt. This well-written, engaging story is totally ruined by Critt's chirpy, fairy-tale-style narration and pregnant pauses. I'll be reading the next several Scarpetta books until I get to the next one with a new narrator.
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