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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the 24th engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

©2016 Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Patricia Cornwell and the Kay Scarpetta novels:
"Cutting-edge." (Sun)
"A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller." (BBC)
"America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." (The Times)
"Devilishly clever." (Sunday Times)
"She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped." (Mail on Sunday)
"The top gun in this field." (Daily Telegraph)
"Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns" (Mirror)
"The Agatha Christie of the DNA age." (Express)
"One of the best crime writers writing today." (Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best." (Daily Express)
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." (New York Times)
"Dazzling.... After reading Cornwell's thriller, most others will pale in comparison." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense." ( Booklist)
"Cornwell's instincts are dead-on." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not to be unkind to one of my favourite authors but for me this book lacked the usual nail biting sparkle of a Scarpetta novel. Susan Ericson's addition of a Y in front of a vowel, for instance instead of 'I am' you get 'I yam', and the bleed into each other of words and sentences made me want to shout. The timber of her voice is lovely as always but her pronunciation was never crisp it was just sloppy. It definitely distracted me. I finished the book but I'm not sure if I'll buy the next.

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  • Richmond
  • 11-06-16

Disappointed Chaos

Have always been a Cornwell fan but found myself bored by this recent story. Thoroughly enjoyed her early books but feel there's less to the recent ones with a lot of time on incidental details.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat G.
  • 11-03-16

Hard to listen

I am an ardent fan of Patrica Cornwell but this book was nothing but unnecessary words and descriptions that made it hard to listen to would sooner of had shorter book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna Chuter
  • 03-29-17

Boring

I have read all her books but this one is soooo boring! There is no action and I am getting really bored with the same menace time after time. I am very disappointed. The narrator does not help with her harsh voice and nobody seems to be able to talk to each other in a normal manner. Far too many descriptions. The last book was also a bit like this and it will put me off reading any next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • AB
  • 01-16-17

Don't bother!

I can't believe they even bothered publishing this, Patricia Cromwell has truly lost the plot

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. Sally A. Herbert
  • 12-08-16

Time to kill off Kay Scarpetta... Dull Book.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know who would enjoy this book. Patricia Cornwell's books used to be gripping and just so hard to put down.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

I am losing interest in Patricia Cornwall's books as the Kay Scarpitta series that I was addicted to for many years has become so dull. Overly detailed and really not worth the effort of listening to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chaos?

Most of them!

Any additional comments?

Time to kill off / retire Kay Scarpitta as it is always the same type of ending. The books are too hung up on intricate details that are unnecessary and it just drags on and on!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 12-01-16

long winded

Bearing in mind this took 13 hours to listen to very little actually happens. we do get to find out a lot about the weather ,the scenery and the fact that the heroine repeatedly can't see what is staring her in the face. I admit I shouted at the car several times . Get the abridged version. This was interminable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynda P
  • 11-16-16

Review of Chaos-written by Patricia Cornwall

Not my favorite book by Patricia Cornwall .Got too long winded ,over explained and unbelievable

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  • ligsy
  • 11-16-16

Oh, Dear!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Most of it!

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

Rehashing the past yet again.

What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance might you have changed?

Too intense and toneless

Was Chaos worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Shame this series has degenerated into a Scarpetta Soap Opera

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  • Simon
  • 11-14-16

Utter rubbish!

Ok, I loved the Scarpetta books and have faithfully read them all, but this one is just too bad to finish. I am sick of all the action taking place seemingly in telephone conversations and the dynamic between the characters has become one of bickering conversations. I am sorry, but I have got a couple of hours in and it's making me angry and stressed, so won't be finished. Advice to the author:- put away the gadgets and the he said, she said go back to the less cluttered plot lines, without all the infighting!

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  • Sharon S
  • 11-06-16

Slow and not so good.

Hard to keep interested. Kept rewinding but at No stage captured by story. Slow and in my view uninteresting storyline.

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  • Amy
  • 07-23-17

Ok read

I found this a bit hard to get in to. Not the usual action packed novel Patricia usually produces. I still enjoyed the story and it made me think more of our new technology in today's society.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-17

Don't waste your money

I have always enjoyed Patricia Cornwells novels I have read or listened to them all.
But this one seams like a money grab . Repetitive and drawn out. nothing new
Mike

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-17

Boring!

I couldn't finish this book unfortunately.... the storyline was very poor! So disappointing cos I usually thoroughly enjoy a Patricia Cornwall!

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  • Chris
  • 11-24-16

Chaos

Having enjoyed all the previous Scarpeta novels this one disappointed. The story was ok, but the dialogue was so drawn out,some of the conversations took a whole chapter and moved so slowly. The whole story then wrapped up in half a chapter. It was as always well read.

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  • Sonia
  • 11-22-16

Chaos

Totally enjoyed the latest book in this series.

I love the way what appears to be totally unrelated cases get tied together as the story progresses

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  • Carolyne
  • 11-12-16

Conversation in minute detail. Not worth reading let alone listening to.

A good author has plummeted to the depths of nothingness
What a shame. This is one of the worst books I have read. When a phone conversation informing a death to the Chief Coroner takes almost a complete chapter with no detail of the death given one has to wonder just what has happened to the criminal author Patricia Cornwell. Is this just someone 'scripting ', a story on her behalf?