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New Year's Eve, and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver is dead.

Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call reporting the death before the police were notified?

©1996 Patricia Daniels Cornwell (P)2002 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." (The Times)
"Patricia Cornwell is one of the best crime writers writing today. She is precise, she is careful, above all, she is original." (Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime." (Daily Express)

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  • Knavesmere
  • 10-27-17

Good story, but issues with sound in the last chapter

A typical Kay Scarpetta story, easy listening and enjoyable. However, right at the crux the audio is not great which spoils the ending a bit.

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  • Jacqueline Valerie Peedell
  • 09-04-17

Kay was a bit flat

Enjoyable however lacking in the storyline I prefer more drama and more time in the morgue. Cornwall has definitely written better.

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  • Bufster
  • 08-06-17

Not the best Scarpetta story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The storyline needed to be stronger. I was a little bit bored

What will your next listen be?

The Handmaid's Tale

What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s voice?

Fits Scarpetta well

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, I won't be listening to it again.