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Publisher's Summary

Dublin, Ireland and Richmond, Virginia: separated by thousands of miles - linked by murder.

Five dismembered, beheaded bodies were found in Ireland five years ago - now four have been discovered in the States. But the tenth corpse in Virginia is different. A copy-cat killing. Ghoulish, perhaps, but not unusual. Then abject terror grips Scarpetta and her colleagues when the next body is found with a clear and horrifying message: the killer is armed with the most lethal weapon on earth - smallpox.

A sadistic serial killer, the weapon a deadly virus. The eighth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

©1997 Patricia Daniels Cornwell (P)2002 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." ( The Times)
"Patricia Cornwell is one of the best crime writers writing today. She is precise, she is careful, above all, she is original." ( The Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime." ( The Daily Express)

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I cant get into the story, as the narrator isn't very good. They might be a nice person, but playing different characters isn't their strong suit. I cant listen to it. Sorry

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The narration was terrible. It ruined a great story. Ms Critt seemed to ignore the punctuation and got the voices all wrong. Much too harsh.

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great story average narration

I loved the story but disliked how Benton Wesley was played. wooden and annoyingly flat.

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Another Fantastic Book by Cornwell

loved it. How she keeps coming up with such engaging reads and good characters is amazing.

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  • I Endsor
  • 19-08-2018

Story is great, narrator not so good

the story is great as usual for Patricia Cornwell, just found the narrator not so great. I prefer Lorelei King as a narrator. She reads the book as different people. It means you know when 'Scarpetta' is talking, or 'Lucy" or any of the other characters.

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  • lillimeanna
  • 11-11-2020

So sad.

When my eyesight was better I read and enjoyed many Patricia Cornwall stories. I may have enjoyed this one too but the reader grated on my senses. This is the first time in listening to an audio book that I cannot bear to turn it on again after listening through 2 and a half chapters. Do wish I could have heard the story. I imagine it might have been as good as her other were.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-2018

Oh dear.

What would have made Unnatural Exposure better?

A coherent story line.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

Lack of character development. Lots of unanswered questions and pointless distractions which were not tied into anything. Complete disregard for common sense. Regular characters not treated with respect.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of C. J. Critt?

Someone who had less of an edge to their voice. The British voice was just dreadful. Made Dick Van Dyke seem authentic.

What character would you cut from Unnatural Exposure?

Kay Scarpetta. She was a complete bore in this book.

Any additional comments?

This was a real disappointment. I have enjoyed all the other books to date but this was a real step backwards. Scarpetta has no redeeming features in this book at all.

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  • Krazy Kat Lady
  • 01-08-2020

Great Story, shame about the audio glitches

As usual, enjoyed another Kay Scarpetta whodunit and the narrator was great. Unfortunately, at 3 different points in the book, the audio suffered from repitition of phrases and skipping of words and sentences. I would have given it 5 stars overall if not for that.

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  • Charmaine
  • 06-10-2018

wasn't overly impressed

really can't say I was impressed with this at all didn't work properly in the middle of it so had to forward and Miss bits of the story.

also comes across that other than the main character everyone else is inbred and has absolutely no brains of their own.

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  • Nicki
  • 03-09-2018

Just one more....

Just one more chapter is what I have kept thinking to myself making me late for things. Brilliant book brilliant story as all of P C's are

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  • Sue Smith
  • 04-03-2018

Another great Cornwell story

Love Cornwell’s books. Well researched, pacy and good narration. Scarlett’s is one of my favourite characters so always drawn to these books

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