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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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Cannot recommend

A very disappointing performance--the essence the primary characters in the Scarpetta series were altered.


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Great story, lame accents.

I had a really hard time getting past the ridiculous accents the narrator chose. Would have preferred a straight reading over this "performance."

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A bit much

A bit OVER flowery verbage for verbage sake. I'd cut...a lot! Description of smells & plants are only important as they relate to plot.

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Dusty but Good

The beginning was riveting but the ending was rushed. The final for the villains didn't fit the nature of their crimes.

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Disappointing

I usually love the books in this series but I had a hard time listening to it without being easily distracted. I struggled to get through it.

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It hangs together

Far fetched as most but plausible enough not to frustrate and to listen to the end. Larger than life characters.

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good story telling

however the eternal conflict between Mariano and Scarpetta is tiresome and caused me anxiety and is so formula driven- same with Kay and Benton and niece

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Dust-y

What Dust needs is an editor and a plot. This 10 hour novel contains 2 hours of backstory and another two of rehash. The characters have become rote--always doing the same, flat, thing. The story line wanders and meanders toward a climax nearly one hour before the end...now what? It was a good friendship while it lasted. Bye bye Kay!

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Great book

Great story by the best author on the planet, I highly recommend all Patricia Cornwell books. She is by far the best author I have had the privilege to meet on person

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one of the worst narrators ever

What disappointed you about Dust?

It was hard to know if the story was good the narrator's reading of this is horrible..the voices for the characters just annoying and when just reading such a robotic monotone...had to turn it off and going to return it

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

I couldn't tell you

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

Never

Any additional comments?

I wish there was a place you could add narrators you wish to avoid