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It's New Year's Eve, the final night of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, and another poor soul has turned up dead. Ted Eddings, a scuba diver and investigative reporter who was a favorite at the medical examiner's office, is found 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner for the state of Virginia, can't help but wonder why she received a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the Inactive Ship Yard for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? With the advent of a second murder - this one hitting even closer to home - the case envelops Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and Police Captain Pete Marino in a world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective work are critical offensive weapons. Together, they follow the trail of violence to its forbidding and unexpected source.

©1996 Cornwell Entertainment (P)2002, 2017 New Millennium Entertainment / Phoenix Books

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  • Robin
  • 14-01-2019

Love Scarpetta

always love this series... excellent story line... I will continue to read Patricia Cornwells books.

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  • no1hdwelady
  • 11-02-2019

Great

I love these series. Great writing. I have been a fan of Patria Cornwall for years.

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  • Geosalt
  • 13-09-2019

Great read

Patricia Cornwell, C.J. Critt, and Kay Scarpetta, in all the world, are three 3 better people?

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  • bulldog68
  • 13-08-2019

Disappointing

My first book by this author. Not a fan of her writing style. Story was nowhere close to believable (or even interesting) and the reader had a voice that grated on my nerves and made every minute excruciating.

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  • Teresa
  • 19-07-2019

ahhh! over too soon!

i love thia series, but wasn't prepared for the quick ending! Guess I have to the next one!

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  • jessica
  • 20-06-2019

Love it.

I absolute love it!! Go Doctor Kay! A little different than the rest of the books. But it was so good!

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  • Belinda Reardon
  • 05-01-2021

Keeper.

This is a series well worth kteeping and passing on.
The story line is well thought out and keeps you wanting more. The author is top notch and the narrator is very good at making you want to listen. Could not put it down. Listened in one sitting.
More, more, more...........

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  • sandra berry
  • 20-12-2020

must listen!

this was a great book. love the Scarpetta series!
Have read or listen to most of them.

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  • George Eckhardt
  • 23-11-2020

The ending... oh boy!

Somewhat disappointing. First, I genuinely hate "Nuclear Reactor" take over themes. The ending is pathetic.

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  • gargoyle queen
  • 16-11-2020

Didn’t love the reader..

The story was very good, but the reader didn’t do a very good job of sounding anything but exclaiming every sentence all the time.

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