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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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  • Wras
  • 02-11-18

This should be listed under fantasy.


When a character becomes a superhero it no longer deserves to be reviewed as crime literature or anything of the kind, even the villains are supervillains all that is left is a lifestyle reference for shoppers and she is not modest piling it on. It is all about the fabulous life without any fable just a vehicle to sell more of the same.

When Scarpetta first came out it was gritty and intelligent but little by little it degenerated into this incredible Bond type of fantasy, Lucy her super intelligent all-around superwoman was the first clue where all would end and now it is all lost to fatuous lifestyles of the reach and famous while working on cadavers, and fighting supervillains.

Last try of a series that is in a downward spiral

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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.

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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

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  • howgego?
  • 03-27-18

Hard to listen to the uninspiring narrator

Average story, not sure I’ll bother with this author any more. Sad because I’ve always loved her books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-18

That’s 13 hours of my life I’m not getting back

I have listened to many Kay Scarpetta books and really enjoyed them .. this is by far the worst book I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening to. Zero happened, I mean nothing ... I felt compelled to listen to the end to make sure I wasn’t missing some marvellously clever twist etc .. alas there was nothing. Patricia Cornwell you have written a complete turkey and you’ve taken my money and more importantly 13 hours of my life under false pretences .. I suspect this book will spell the end of Kay Scarpetta which is a pity .. I never write reviews of anything but feel so strongly this time that I felt obliged to warn others how completely rubbish this book is.. sit in a room and watch paint dry .. talk to your spouse .. count grains of sand .. all soooo much more fun than this ...

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  • Janeinparis
  • 09-16-17

Good book but a bit to descriptive n not enough action sometimes

Good book but a bit to descriptive n not enough action sometimes so can drag

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  • Kazzi
  • 07-26-17

Wow! Didn't see that coming!

I really enjoyed the book. A tad over - descriptive in places, but great storytelling.

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  • Jo C
  • 06-21-17

First audiobook

This was my first audiobook. I listened to this book as I've read the rest of the series so far, though they're getting a bit farfetched! However, it's always good to be able to straight into a book with all the familiar characters. I didn't particularly like the reader but then I don't have any comparison yet. I was surprised that I found the book more amusing than I would have reading it myself.

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  • Alison Sinderson
  • 06-21-17

Very disappointing – even for the most avid and tolerant Scarpetta fan

Whilst recent Scarpetta books have tested the bounds of reality, this one has finally fallen off a cliff edge in terms of credibility. She has finally morphed from a insightful and interesting forensic investigator into a smug, unlikable "know all".
In terms of story and narrative, this is as derivative a book as I have ever read simply rehashing old stories and old ideas in order to fill pages. I recently read a review where Patricia Cornwell said that she was even busier know that she has reached 60: I Soum the time has been spent reading her old books so that she can regurgitate the same characters and stories into this final "completion" narrative. Even more disappointing, given that I have been Reading the Scarpetta books from the very start, is the fact that the story and the forensics have more holes in them than a Swiss cheese.
The narration is painfully laboured and slow, to the point that I check that I wasn't listening to it at .7 5X! The voices of the characters were cliched and exaggerated. Very disappointing!

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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.

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  • Jordan Robinson
  • 01-10-18

Persistence pays off

Having been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for around 20 years I was keen to read this latest chapter. The problem is though that with every passing novel PC is slowing the action down to a snails pace. Sometimes you just want to scream because there are more time spent on painstakingly detailed descriptions of luxurious houses than any movement of story. The same goes for the constant explanations of the main character’s relationships with each other. So much of it feels like it’s been cut and pasted from the last novel. We get it! If you’re reading this novel there’s a pretty good chance you’ve read the others. We know whose who in the zoo. The constant internal dialogue is making poor Scarpetta sound more like and old grandma than a super sleuth.
So... if you can wade through the achingly slow pace for the first half of the book, the rewards are there. Bizarrely things finally get moving - and resolved - with some twists for good measure.
The performance is also pretty annoying to start, and it feels like everyone’s yelling at each other. That too passes. Just stick with it for a solid finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-18

Bored

For the first 7 chapters it seemed to waffle on and on.....going no where. Talk about the CIA. To listen to the main characters keep information of vital importance from each other I found a joke..... the science was interesting but that’s about it I’m sorry to say.

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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?