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Publisher's Summary

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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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!

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Riveting!

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

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Good Book

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

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Couldn't get past the narration..

The book is incredibly outdated now, but that wouldn't have concerned me too much if the gotcha moments had been more interesting. Most annoying was the over the top soap opera narration. It felt like I was listening to a Dick Tracy cartoon.. just agonisingly bad.

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unfortunately the readers voice did engage me and I found hard to get involved with the story.

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a very good listen. read book years ago but now its refreshed in my mind bnb I will listen to the next book. great narrator

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lucy from southpark

the narrator is so good on all characters except Lucy...I simply cannot understand why she's elected to sound like a cartoon character, or like a character from southpark. It's so distracting, the ridiculous exaggerated high pitched tone. even children don't speak anything like this. the interpretation should have been a more subtle shift in intonation. It's almost comical. I'm thinking it's not the narrator's fault, she was probably unwisely directed to do this. the result is jarring and almost comical. I kept picturing a cat character in a cartoon, instead of an 8 or 10 year old child.

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Dated and unexciting

Lots of dated computer lingo in parts which was as boring as listening to a 1990’s coding text book. Characters were uninteresting and the plot fizzled. No twists and turns or surprises.

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Enjoyable read.

Good read. Not too serious, a bit gory at times, but in context. I like the Doc, will be downloading the next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-2018

thrilling

great story. well narrated . I thought it was someone else doing the murders so was shocked at the end

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  • Kathycrewe
  • 28-04-2017

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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  • Mrs
  • 20-09-2016

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
  • 19-05-2017

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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  • lupupa
  • 14-12-2015

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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  • Lee
  • 13-11-2019

Postmortem

Sadly DNF as I found the narration slow and irritating. The plot/story wasn't much better. Will be returned to Audible.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 19-07-2019

Great book, not sure about parts of the narration

I read this (and many of the others in the series) years ago when it first came out, and thought I would revisit it in audio form. Still an excellent book, but I am not sure about the narrator here. I did find some of the voices that Lorelei King uses in the narration a little grating, especially that of Marino and Lucy. Still very enjoyable though and I would recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

Chillingly good

Exceptional, not only is this a well crafted, imaginative piece of suspense but a fascinating insight into the real world of forensic pathology. I also appreciated the way Patricia Cornwell depicts the chauvinism of the time. She highlights sexist nuances that are generally overlooked, not always obvious but a gentle drip, drip that only women are used to. Hopefully male readers will see what I mean and be surprised, as it really is an invisible but constant presence in our lives. (Getting better over time). The narration is great, reminds me of Kathleen Turner's VI Warshawski, soft hypnotic American in stark contrast to the brutal storyline. This isn't for the faint hearted but it is thrilling so worth trying if you're unsure. I'm delighted to have found such a brilliant author amidst all the mediocrity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2017

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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  • mrs p m davies
  • 27-03-2017

Post mortem

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

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  • JudiH
  • 16-09-2016

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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