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When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia’s electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell’s execution the murders continue, as everyone connected to him begins to die – including members of Scarpetta’s staff.

Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue and betrayed by those she trusted, Scarpetta must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations and threats to her own life.

To save her career, Scarpetta soon finds herself retracing Waddell’s bloody footprints, following a trail that might lead to long-hidden secrets deep within the state government. Either the truth will set her free…or unleash upon her a punishment both cruel and unusual.

©1993 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • Resham D
  • 04-07-13

Patricia Cornwell does it again

All I can say is that this is book is an excellent read, and Lorelei King makes the whole story come alive to the point that its like having a movie in your head. Will definitely be looking for more.

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  • Julie R.
  • 07-16-17

easy story to follow

its was a great listen, not too much techical computer terminology with lucy in the story so i could understand what had been done in the storyline.

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  • Stella Clarkson
  • 02-27-15

Ultimately unsatisfying

If you could sum up Cruel and Unusual in three words, what would they be?

engaging, intriguing, disappointing

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Some fascinating twists.

The main story wasn't as fascinating as the twists.

Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. She is the voice of Scarpetta. I am not sure this book would be as good without her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There should/could have been, but there wasn't.

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 02-20-15

Good!

Although the narrator was in excellent form, Kay Scarpetta, to me, is terrific in her work; but awfully dull, in her social life.

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 04-30-17

griping and thrilling

a grate series
intresting and enjoyable
you get inviled with the people
the whole series are well worth it

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  • BigEars
  • 02-09-15

Thoroughly enjoyable

The twist in the plot keep up the momentum. The language flows easily and depicts a realistic picture. Very good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful