Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago.
In Trace, Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Marino dislikes instantly, meddles with the case.
Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are embroiled in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl and working with the smallest pieces of evidence, traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak, and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear.
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"The mystery is intriguing, there's plenty of forensic detail, and the ending...opens the way for Scarpetta and her associates to proceed in any direction that calls to them." (Booklist)
I liked it a lot. Had it not been for the parts involving Lucy and Benton, I would have given it five stars.
I loved the parts that contained Marino.
Yes. Always great in the Scarpetta series.
Marino and Scarpetta deal with two pschos and Lucy and Benton have to deal with two of their own(three if you include Lucy's neighbor). How could four intelligent people keep allow themselves to be taken in by crazies? All in all, it was a good audiobook.
This one got a little different for me. It was a great book, don't get me wrong, I like the Scarpetta novels, but it has so many bad characters and all, but still a good book.
I didn't read it in print.
Kay Scarpetta is a great concept.
There are background musical interludes that attempt to transition "scenes" or chapters… or when something ominous is about to happen. Why? It's distracting, and useless. Also, the editors are getting sloppy with pronunciation of anatomical structures and medical terminology… come on guys! This is a MEDICAL MYSTERY and many readers are going to actually know what the words SHOULD sound like. It's getting sloppy!
I was very impressed with the different plots and their eventual intertwining. The story line was very captivating and technically superb. I loved the softer side of Marino and found myself liking Lucy a bit more as well.
I found myself making excuses so that I could spend more time listening to the book and even offered to run errands so that I could have more time in the car to listen.
I have two; when Lucy goes over to visit her neighbor and pretends to be a Hollywood actress ... the dialogue was great. The other scene was when Marino catches the bad guy.
As usual Patricia delivers every time. She is by far my favorite author
Although I started as a real fan of the Kay Scarpetta novels, I never really liked the other novels that Cornwell wrote. Unfortunately, I've had enough of the Scarpetta novels as well and have quite simply started to dislike Kay & Lucy. I'm not sure when Kay became such a bore, but I had an inkling a few books ago. I kept thinking my disappointment was all in my mind and would buy another to prove myself wrong. I haven't been able to disprove it yet and think I'll just quit trying.
I'm going to move on to other authors since Cornwell's writing has become stale in my mind.
I have read all of the Kay Scarpetta novels and this is not Ms. Cornwell's best work. The ending is uneventful and it just doesn't have the zing of previous books. It's okay, but I expect more from Patricia Cornwell
I have enjoyed other Cornwell books, but during the 2nd half of the book, the characters which were fairly well developed initially, did not connect at all. I thought I may have missed Part 2 of the book and listened to Part 3 instead, but it did not exist.
Let's get this bit out of the way: The recording itself is uneven. The narrator recorded the book in many sessions, which is entirely understandable given the book's length. Recording sessions, however, must have been done on different equipment or using different settings because some sections sounded completely different -- something I found very annoying and a wee bit unprofessional.
Now onto the book itself. The storyline was OK, maybe even interesting in parts. I'm a fan of Cornwell's books -- her early books. Of late she has gotten more and more sensational, and her main characters have gotten more annoying. (Except for Pete Marino, who is still gruffly loveable.) The main problem with the book, though, is that Cornwell must have said to herself, "Well, this book is long enough," and wrapped it up too quickly. The ending was so abrupt that I found myself sitting with my headphones listening to "We hope you have enjoyed...," not realizing that the book had actually ended.
Not one of her better works. Good thing I was listening to it when I was doing housework, otherwise it would have been a waste of 12 hours and a few sawbucks.
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