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Publisher's Summary

Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and he begins to talk. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder...that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The only thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and that more violent deaths will follow....

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 08-19-09

Great listening

I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. The first couple of chapters were a bit of a drag but after that the book was rally good

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disconnected story read too fast

I found this story was convoluted with the characters not established well enough to be real. The reader gave the impression that she wanted to finished it quickly as she was bored and wanted to go home! Very unsatisfying and it had me wishing it was over quickly too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring and laborious.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. I loved Patricia Cornwell's earlier books but she has literally lost the plot.

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See previous comments.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

Sure, I didn't object to the narration.

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

I wouldn't have published it!

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-29-09

so hard to keep interested

Really slow and hard to keep interested and I have really tried. Up to chapter 9 and nothing interesting has happened at all

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 02-09-10

good if you are familiar with earlier books

I really liked this book, and have enjoyed the others. this one does make a lot of reference to happenings in previous books, particularly the one before. I like the psychological aspects to it, and the examination of the characters, their actions, relationships and motivations. For me it makes it more interesting but if you are just looking for a crime novel, and haven't read or listened to the previous books, you may be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • 09-30-09

not much action

I found this tough going. Not much action at all. Lots of psychalogical umming and arring, I do like these books in general, but I was disappointed with this one.

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  • Liz
  • 01-17-15

Very enjoyable

Having read all the previous books in the series this is the first audio version I have listened to. It was gripping, the plot was great, fast-paced and the narration excellent. Would recommend and will be buying the next audio book in the series!

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  • Fran Pearce
  • 09-07-17

Enjoyable

Good book but I found I had worked out who the murderer was by chapter 4 or 5

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  • Rosemary
  • 03-16-15

Keeps you guessing

As always a great story line. narrator is engaging and clear. I Love this series.