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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within - and someone wants her dead.

©1990 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Devilishly clever." ( Sunday Times)

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  • Mrs
  • 09-20-16

OK but not much of a plot.

I am amazed this series went on to sell millions. It is full of cardboard characters and has a tissue thin plot line.

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  • Louise
  • 05-19-17

Won't bother again

I can't understand how Patricia Cornwall has achieved such success. Nothing gripped me in this novel suffice to say I can't even recall most of it.
A different narrator may have improved things a tad as I found Lorelei's monotone drawl nothing short of irritating.

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  • Kathycrewe
  • 04-28-17

Very good

Had to stick with it for the first hour or so! Very glad I did. Very good story. Excellent narrator.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I could be hooked on these!

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  • lupupa
  • 12-14-15

Exceptionally good audio book. Great story line.

Once I got into the Flow of it, couldn't put it down. Good book.

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  • JudiH
  • 09-16-16

intriguing murder story

This is the first time I've read Patricia Cornwell and I plan to read more. A bit remeniscent if some if the Bones books and some of the writing is 'of its time', but it kept me gripped until the end. Lorelei King is great narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-17

Very nice book and perfect interpretation

Suspense up until the end and the narrator changes voices for every single character, she is impressive!

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 04-27-17

kay fan

this is a well written book i love this series there all griping you feel you know the main people get them all

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  • mrs p m davies
  • 03-27-17

Post mortem

Love these books first time listening but enjoyed it looking forward to the next book

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  • Allyson Blackman
  • 05-18-16

Could not stop listening

Patricia Cornwall at her best compelling and riveting and well read by Lorelei King excellent and I lost sleep as l could not stop listening !

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  • marc
  • 09-19-16

First of a great series

Great to finally read these in order been a fan for ages but never from the start

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  • Renee
  • 05-31-18

Riveting!

Even better than the printed book. Great narrator, too. Next two books in the series downloading now....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-18

Good Book

Great introduction to The Scarpetta series! Enjoyed throughly! Would recommend for long trips or for Scarpetta lovers!

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  • leisa
  • 02-21-18

Scarpetta Saves The Day!

Kay Scarpetta was my first strong female role model. I discovered Patricia Cornwell at about 15, and the Scarpetta stories inspired me to aim high and be independent. Listening to this audio book rekindled my love for the series. Lorelei did an amazing job performing this novel! I can't wait to listen to the next one!