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Publisher's Summary

Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

Cat's latest case involves a disturbing murder in New Orleans. Banishing her personal demons, she focuses on the potential killer, until one morning she's paralyzed by a panic attack at a grisly murder scene. Praying the attack is a onetime event, she continues her job as a consultant to the New Orleans Police Department, but when another victim dies in the same shocking way - raising fears that a serial killer is at large - Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse.

Suspended from the FBI task force, plagued by nightmares, and at odds with her married lover - a homicide detective - Cat finally reaches her breaking point. In a desperate effort to regain control over a life spiraling out of control, Cat retreats to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. But her family's secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary.

When some of Cat's forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. This sight shocks her more than any corpse she has seen in her career. Cat's father was murdered when she was eight years old, but she always believed the crime occurred in the garden outside their home. The bloody footprints suggest otherwise.

Driven by this fragment of her past, Cat attempts a forensic reconstruction of the decades-old crime, even as developments with the New Orleans task force pull her back into the case she left behind.

©2005 Greg Iles; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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Hard to swallow!

This book tells a story thats hard to swallow but needs to be addressed. Greg did a very good job at doing just that. thank you.

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I usually like Greg Iles books, but....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not really.

If you’ve listened to books by Greg Iles before, how does this one compare?

On the bottom.

How could the performance have been better?

I am from New Orleans and the pronunciation of certain cities, like Metairie and streets were way off. Plus the dialect of the NO policeman was terrible. This drove me crazy. If you were going have someone perform this distinct dialect, shouldn't you consult with someone from there?

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The story, I thought, was good in the beginning and then got ridiculous and convoluted by the end.

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  • Grayden
  • Benton, LA United States
  • 09-03-17

Good story, almost unbearable narration

Blood Memory is a great story, as are all Greg Iles novels. But, I'm from Louisiana, I know the distinctive accents of west Mississippi, north Louisiana, south Louisiana and New Orleans, even different parts of New Orleans. This narrator had none of those accents. She had no existsouthern United States accent at all. She did have one of the worst contrived southern United States accents I have ever heard.

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Excellent, suspenseful story!!

The storyline and delivery were excellent. This novel keeps you engaged- you don't want to stop listening!

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  • Va
  • 06-18-17

Thank you Greg

It's like you were writing about me in so many ways. I wish my family would read this, maybe they'd understand. Brilliant job

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Intense Story

The story is one that you are stricken to the core for victims. This is a great plot line to bring a silent "killer" to light to those who know very little of it. The reader is good with her voices, but lacks some of the intensity which I think Iles painted with his words. Read this book! It's a great stand alone for the Iles library!

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Tough subject, great story.

Great story, great format, great performance except for a few mispronunciations of local Louisiana names. Really tough subject handled well by Iles.

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Good (but predictable) story; TERRIBLE narrator

The story was a good one, although terribly predictable. If you're not looking for anything terribly cerebral and just want a good story to kill time on a drive, this would be it. Except for the fact the narrator uses an insulting "Southern" accent and doesn't even pronounce some of the locations in New Orleans correctly. Her accent was grating and cumbersome and ruined what would otherwise be a good story.

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Great story and narration

The narrator is excellent in this story. Very engaging. The story itself moves at a good pace and easily keeps your interest.

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Hard subject but great book

What made the experience of listening to Blood Memory the most enjoyable?

This book drew me in and kept a pretty good pace. I liked the narrator.