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Publisher's Summary

It's New Year's Eve, the final night of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, and another poor soul has turned up dead. Ted Eddings, a scuba diver and investigative reporter who was a favorite at the medical examiner's office, is found 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner for the state of Virginia, can't help but wonder why she received a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Ship Yard for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? With the advent of a second murder - this one hitting even closer to home - the case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and Police Captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together, they follow the trail of violence to its forbidding and unexpected source.

©1996 Cornwell Entertainment (P)2002, 2017 New Millennium Entertainment / Phoenix Books

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  • 04-13-18

too lengthy & drawn out for an abridged version

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

story was somewhat convoluted and redundant. boring to a point that we wanted to stop listening.

Has Cause of Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

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don't know how it sold.

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Poor Story

Did not enjoy the story at all. I've always loved the Patricia Cornwell books in the past but this was very disappointing.