The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.
©2011 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Penguin Audio
I really enjoyed Kate Burton as narrator. Her cadence is absolutely on point and so are the different voices she employs. I also enjoy the fact that the science of forensics that is described doesn't go on and on, infinitum -- just enough.
This novel isn't as graphically gory as some, and the story is carried by the characters and the mystery that Kay Scarpetta falls into, when she is trying to divine some clearer understanding of why Jack, whom she had mentored and employed for so many years had gone off the deep end, and then ended up dead. And I adore Marino! He is indeed a character unto himself!
Some are critical of Cornwell and think that Scarpetta's stories are all the same. I disagree. Different characters tell different stories and I can't imagine me not continuing to be a Kay Scarpetta fan. When a work has me talking back to the characters, five stars are in order.
I have read or listened to all of Cornwell's Scarpetta series, and I will continue to do so. I hope another narrator will be used for subsequent audio books.
I have read or listened to all of the Scarpetta series. This story was not as good as some of the earlier ones, but better than some of the more recent ones. I much preferred the narrator(s) on some of the previous books.
I really don't like this narrator. She doesn't give Scarpetta enough personality! I noticed several words mispronounced, and there were places where editing was too obvious. Also, why put in the strange sounds, chords, etc., in the narration? They are annoying and obnoxious!
I have enjoyed the entire Scarpetta series, although I liked the earlier ones better. The excitement isn't there as much in the more recent books. In my opinion, Scarpetta's more mature personality needs some work. I also wish that Cornwell would reduce or limit the seemingly elitist, upper class snobbery which seems to be evident in her books.
I have loved all the Patricia Cornwell books until this one. It is not up to par. I found it mildly boring due to all the drawn out explaining of unnecessary details. Mostly medical details , seemed to drone on and on for no good reason. I will look forward to the next book and hope that this one was just a fluke. This is the first one by Patricia Cornwell that I have found tedious.
I always enjoy a good Kay Scarpetta... however she sounds so depressed these days - nothing ever seems to be well for her!
She is enjoyable to listen to... tells the story the way it is, and she has built very good character distinction.
not so much detail, both medical and techical. Also, even speaking as Scarpetta the character brings out her numerous flaws that have intensified in herself. The sold Scarpetta mysteriess have long dissappeared and now the boring, boring stories have lost the magic
more mystery and less boredom, Boring, booorrriiinnnggg
Don't know, but her reading of a bad book does not make her a bad narrator
will not make the mistake again thinking new books by Cornwell will be as interesting as the first and will not waste my money
I probably wouldn't listen to this story again. I find I'm a bit fatigued with the characters--they've matured and Cornwell is more focused now on their mental states rather than developing the action. Sometimes I'm irritated with all the details of their high-end, consumerist lifestyles. Scarpetta comes off as a complete elitist snob and the author apologizes for it constantly. I can only assume this facet of Kay is a reflection of Cornwell's own life and she feels compelled to brag about it too much in her characterization of Kay.
The descriptions of the old south make me want to plan a southern vacation touring historic homes.
Kate did a decent job of narration although there were a a few technical glitches and yes--she did mispronounce some key words.
The dialog and the monlogue
It was predictable--someone's out to get Kay Scarpetta. I wish Cornwell would write a story with twists and turns without it being life and death for the ME Kay.
The narrator was overly-dramatic and annoying mispronounced many, many words throughout the entire novel.
Stop being so damned dramatic and learn the proper ways to say medical terminology!
The book itself is great, as expected. However, I will never listen to a book with this narrator again.
I have read the entire series and this book and her last seem like different authors. Kay is always so angry. I got about half way through and decided it wasn't worth my time.
No, I love murder, thrillers, and intrigue, but I won't buy another Patricia Cornwell book.
No, I think she added to the anger.
Tone it down an notch!!
No I liked the continuation of characters that I have known for many years, but standing alone I would not have enjoyed it much. There was a surprising conclusion which I enjoyed.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
Not sure it was boring
It seems Patricia has lost her touch. Kay Scarpetta has become droll and irritating. Her ego is borderline obnoxious and she has no personality. I have read all of her books and this one is the worst. The story line did not even come close to keeping my interest. I started and stopped the book on several occasions. Patricia will have to give Kay an entire new make-over and her plots will have to be a little more thrilling for me to read another one of her books.
I have not problem with Kate's performance. She is a great narrator. It was what she had to work with that I had a problem with.
Most of them
Can I get my money back?
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