Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel Audiobook, by Patricia Cornwell Play Audiobook Sample

Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel Audiobook

Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel Audiobook, by Patricia Cornwell Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Susan Ericksen Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063112261

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Longest Chapter Length:

20:29 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

16:36 minutes

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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

In this relaunch of the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders. 

Forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta has come almost full circle, returning to Virginia, the state where she launched her storied career, as the chief medical examiner. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away for many years, she’s inherited both an overbearing secretary and a legacy of neglect and potential corruption.

She and her husband, Benton Wesley, now a forensic psychologist with the U.S. Secret Service, have relocated to Old Town Alexandria, where she’s headquartered five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that’s been torn apart by civil and political unrest. After just weeks on the job, she’s called to a scene by railroad tracks—a woman’s body has been shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine—and as Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own historic neighborhood.

 At the same time, a catastrophe occurs in a top secret labo­ratory in outer space, endangering at least two scientists aboard. Appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission that specializes in sensitive national security cases, Scarpetta is summoned to the White House and tasked with finding out exactly what happened. But even as she remotely works the first potential crime scene in space, an apparent serial killer strikes again very close to home.

This latest novel in the groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series captivates readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that Patricia Cornwell is famous for, proving once again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.


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“Autopsy revitalizes this venerable series and its beloved cast of characters...As always, forensics is at the forefront—but it is balanced by the themes of family, friendship, and food.”

— Criminal Element 


  • “An astonishing, groundbreaking sequence…Cornwell’s terse, evocative style adds to the creeping sense of unease…Thirty years on, there’s still no other crime writer like her.”

    — Sunday Times (London)
  • "Propulsive...the tension is sustained to the last page.”

    — Jacksonville Times-Union (Florida)
  • “A sophisticated narrative, an outstanding company of characters, a horrific crime, and a surprising ending.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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About Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with many New York Times bestselling novels that have been translated into thirty-six languages. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, she has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and three more fiction series, among others. A licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, she also actively researches the forensic technologies that inform her work.

About Susan Ericksen

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.