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Publisher's Summary

After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.

Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer. The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain - or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.

©2013 Patricia Cornwell (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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great Scarpetta

Really good book and narrative I enjoyed it very much, always keeps me coming back for more love the series

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good storyline but...

Story was good but struggled to finish it because the narrator's voice was so annoying and sing song

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I cannot finish

The narrative of this book is horrible. I love Kay Scarpetta novels but the narrator makes it impossible to get past chapter 6. She is horrid!

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Terrible!!!

Terrible!!! So depressing and too much gory detail with no detail about solving the mystery! Painful to finish. Boo.

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Just began, want to stop

This is AWFUL. This is the WORST narrator I have ever heard and I never mind narrators. This Pete Marino sounds like a bad impression of someone trying to play a mafia persona!! She is horrible. Who is this existential Scarpetra? I do not think I can stand this mess. Audible or hard copy.

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Scarpetta

Of course the next one is almost anxiously anticipated because of the sample from the next in series.

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not what they use to be

I remember a time where I couldn't stop listening and wanting to know who the killer was, the last few books, including this one, I find myself not caring in the least. I feel so bored, I often can't wait to finish & move on. mega dissapointment. I miss the suspense, the family dynamics, Marino' s relationship change with Kay, brought it all downhill for me.

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can you say monotone?

The narration was awkward and difficult to listen to. I love this series by Patricia Cornwell, but would have enjoyed the story more in print.

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Wonderful!!!

great book and narration. i love the series and it wasnt who i thought it would be. a must listen

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Great Read!

Another great story by Patricia Cornwall. Very difficult to put down once you start. The only reason not giving 5 stars is because I felt there were a couple of spots in the book that needed more clarification of the situation and a couple of spots that needed less. I love Kate Reading's narration. The voices she gives the characters are spot on with the way I imagined they would sound! Another narrator completely ruined Lucy and Moreno's characters for me. Lucy was too bubbly and Moreno was too civilized. Please bring back Kate for all narrations of future books!