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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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