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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062376183
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Black Notice is New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s tenth book in her thrilling Kay Scarpetta series.

Following the postmortem of a stowaway that reveals neither cause of death nor identity, Doctor Kay Scarpetta travels to Paris in search of information. In Paris she is given a secret mission—a mission that could ruin her career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in the nine Scarpettas past here it’s not the novel’s events, startling as they are, that propel the story so much as the deep-hearted responses of Kay, as real a hero as any in thriller fiction, to the ‘evil’—her word—that threatens…A thunderhead of disquietude hangs over this compulsively readable novel…but to Cornwell’s considerable credit, the unease arises ultimately not from the steady potential for violence but from a more profound horror: the vulnerability of a good woman like Kay to a world beset by the corrupt, the cruel, the demonic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A brilliantly paced adventure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This novel focuses on the features that made Cornwell’s earliest novels so interesting—the slow unraveling of a mystery using Scarpetta’s skill and intelligence…and fans of her work should enjoy it immensely. Recommended for public libraries and popular reading collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Reader Kate Reading…gives her usually low-key characterization of the usually low-key Scarpetta just the right edge as flashes of despair threaten to overtake her controlled life. Although Reading thoroughly becomes Scarpetta through her expert narration, she has other strengths as well. Her interpretation of each minor character—some appearing only once or twice—breathes life into individuals who, in the hands of a less competent reader, would otherwise blend and vanish from memory.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/13/2014

    " All of the Kay scarpetta series are pretty much the same. I like picking an author and reading all if the series on their feature character but, at times, it can be tedious. I do wonder which book is the one where Benton Wesley is murdered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 2/11/2014

    " love the Kay Scarpetta series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Brand | 2/6/2014

    " Well, it was exactly what you expect from Cornwell. I don't know of a single page where anybody was nice to anybody. Anger, fear, resentment, hostility, even the love scene was not a nice pleasant scene. The criminal was a monster with a one in a billion chance to exist. Everybody was out to get Kay. Marino was not cordial to a single person. The people who are supposed to like each other don't do anything to be kind to each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 2/5/2014

    " I read all the books in the Scarpetta series. I really like the characters and the mysteries. There is nothing earth-shattering about the writing or the concept, but they are fun and entertaining books and easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Scoccia | 2/4/2014

    " This is what keeps you going reading all of Cornwells series, you have to get the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Fischman | 2/3/2014

    " The killers are sociopaths or people with weird diseases I've never heard of before. The heroes are brilliant but terribly limited human beings who keep making the same relationships over and over again. I can't figure out why I keep reading these books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Gust | 1/30/2014

    " HELLO....DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR FOR STRANGERS!!!!! Normally with her books I can figure out the who dun it pretty quickly, but not this one. I just realized though that they are a series so now I need to find the book that I missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/23/2014

    " As always Patricia Cornwell keeps your attention, Dr. Scarpetta along with detective Marino solve another crime of passion. This crime of passion is nothing like any of her other wicked suspects. Love reading Cornwell, another one of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/20/2014

    " Not my favorite scarpetta book... though looking forward to the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/16/2014

    " I haven't read a "Kay Scarpetta" book in a long time. I'm out of reads, so I picked this one up. I finally got into it towards the end and while visiting a local used bookstore, I picked up about 10 more Cornwell books (Kay Scarpetta). I'm reading another now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trak | 1/1/2014

    " Gave up on the series after this, just lost interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/8/2013

    " A cargo ship containing the remains of a stowaway arrives in Virginia's waterways. Dr. Scarpetta is called to examine the remains as the Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia. It takes a while for the story to get up to steam and to really get moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2013

    " A bit far fetched, the villain has a rare medical condition ..... not like the author's other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/24/2013

    " I really liked this one, despite the darkness of the character's emotions. I think it was well done and I just love when Scarpetta and Marino get involved with international crimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 7/19/2013

    " This particular Scarpetta may actually be my favorite of them all, though don't quote me on that! It has everything...heavy emotion, political intrigue, danger around every corner, and of course the vast amounts of knowledge I can always count on Cornwell to supply. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 4/10/2013

    " My first Patricia Cornwell book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin Swoboda | 3/27/2013

    " Patrica Cornwell does a great job of keeping the reader addicted to her books. There is a lot of medical terminology but she does a great job of having her characters explain what the words mean. She also does it in a way that doesn't make you feel stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 3/22/2013

    " An older one I had missed- still good even knowing the outcome! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ver2car | 2/6/2013

    " A lot of suspense. If it were not for the profanity and f word this would be a book I would recommend but since it is full of bad language, I do not recommend it to anyone. Friend of mine said Patricia Cornwell was her favorite author and gave me several of her books so I chose this one to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Clark-cook | 11/3/2012

    " Another excellent Scarpetta book - fun to read and to try and figure out before she does what is going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/3/2012

    " Patricia Conwell is great as usual. This book was an interesting mystery and on the plus side not as creepy and disturbing as some of her previous work. Some of her other books deal with such graphic and disturbing images, this one was a little tamer. Good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellenjsmellen | 9/12/2012

    " My least favorite of Cornwell's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candi Cooledge | 5/6/2012

    " good book would read it again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lionlady | 4/27/2012

    " The Dr. Kay Scarpetta series is one of my very favorite mystery series. The character development from book to book is quite good, you really get to know them. The bad guys are really bad and, of course, there is one that keeps returning. There's some real good twists. Also, I loved the forensics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghali | 2/15/2012

    " Predictable with an inevetable conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 10/31/2011

    " I've read all of the Kay Scarpetta books. This one was a good read, but the ending wasn't the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Tripp | 9/11/2011

    " This was a typical Patricial Cornwell book, easy to read, intense just enough, and too much swearing. I didn't like the way it ended; I felt it as too abrupt. However, it did make me want to get the next book in the series to continue the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Gentile | 7/22/2011

    " Scarpetta at her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neasa | 7/18/2011

    " Good read. A little dated now in some of its references but still pretty addictive. Great holiday read you can get through very quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/21/2011

    " One of the best of the Scarpetta series. I thought I'd read them all, but this one had escaped my noticing somehow. Plenty of bad guys here, some of them women, along with the usual fascinating forensics and a villain with a weird medical condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/15/2011

    " I gave this one 5 stars, but I don't remember much about it. It was obviously one of the last good ones before the plot began to wane severely. This one sticks to the good stuff that Cornwell is known for, with a good plot that isn't surrounded by a bunch of extraneous stuff on the side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 4/20/2011

    " I actually listened to this one on CD. I was disappointed by the ending. To be such a long story it really seemed to end pretty abruptly. Not sure I will read or listen to any more of this authors books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 4/3/2011

    " The killers are sociopaths or people with weird diseases I've never heard of before. The heroes are brilliant but terribly limited human beings who keep making the same relationships over and over again. I can't figure out why I keep reading these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 2/20/2011

    " Not the type of book I usually read, but I am enjoying it because it is so different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 2/9/2011

    " Boring... didn't finish. Written like a woman.. ugghhh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynnelle | 1/19/2011

    " I struggled through. Way too long. Totally predictable, sappy ending. I have another Cornwell book on the shelf but not sure it will be read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trak | 1/12/2011

    " Gave up on the series after this, just lost interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 12/31/2010

    " I read all the books in the Scarpetta series. I really like the characters and the mysteries. There is nothing earth-shattering about the writing or the concept, but they are fun and entertaining books and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rychelle | 12/11/2010

    " I read this book a few years ago and I liked it a lot. It got me into the Kay Scarpetta series for a little while, but I lost interest in them fairly quickly. Unfortunately, I eventually stopped reading the Kay Scarpetta/Cornwell books altogether. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuela | 11/25/2010

    " Meglio rispetto agli ultimi, obrobbriosi, romanzi della saga di Kay Scarpetta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 11/9/2010

    " I've already read many of her books already and this one did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/9/2010

    " i don't believe benton is dead..hopefully he comes back in this book. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year. She has since gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with some of her more recent bestsellers including The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. Her character Dr. Kay Scarpetta won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. When not writing from her home in Boston, Cornwell tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.