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.
Don't miss the other titles in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.
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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)
Please don't let this novel prevent you from trying others in the Kay Scarpetta series. I admit, this was a disappointing novel. Very little suspense, no real climax, a flat ending. However, the earlier Scarpetta novels were great, and I can highly recommend them. From Potter's Field, Black Notice, The Body Farm, and others were excellent reads. Note: I have not cared for Patricia Cornwell's non-Scarpetta efforts (Southern Cross, and Isle of Dogs come to mind), and this particular Scarpetta novel seems more of that ilk.
Anne in Happy Valley
Ever wonder about the difference between an abridged audio book and the real thing? I did an experiment and listened to both. I'll never choose the abridged version of any audio book again.
It seemed to really loose steam at the end. Suddenly it is all over with no surprise or fanfare. Sorry, I won't listen to another one of her books.
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