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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429587174
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The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, a ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to take on a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace, not only personally and professionally but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to modern, competent death investigation technology.

It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run Scarpetta out of town. And that's before the murders and other violent deaths even begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible.

Kay Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones confronting her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write in her own.

The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2008 British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " Hated it. It took forever to read, and I barely got halfway through. I cannot take another minute of this series. Talk about an epic fail. It started out so strong, so interesting, but now it's more aggravating and stupid than it's worth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/5/2014

    " Not her best but still good. Suspense was good, plot was easy to figure out for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 1/19/2014

    " It was definitely NOT one of her better books! It was slow and it just finally got weird in an effort to keep your attention. It ended in 2-3 pages, with no answers to parts of the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/6/2014

    " This book is not one of Cornwell's best mainly because it ended so quickly & abruptly. The whole plot is being set up for 3/4 of the book and it's like she became uninterested and ended it so sloppily and tried to connect the dots but it didn't make sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy McClanahan | 1/5/2014

    " Not as good as the original ones, but I am intrigued by forensic science so I'll probably always enjoy these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/16/2013

    " Back to the orginal Scarpetta style. The last few books have been pretty lackluster, but this one reminded me of why I bothered to continue reading the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/30/2013

    " Picked this up in the WH Smith to pass the time while a flight was delayed. So far so good. Takes place part of the time in Charleston, SC!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 11/17/2013

    " This is my first "Kay Scarpetta" book. I've heard good things & finally decided to pick one up. The author has a writing style that is different from anyone else I've read. It reads almost as if it's a case file... very un-flowery and sometimes abrupt. It took me a while to get used to it, but then, I really liked it. As far as the story goes, about 3/4 thru this book I became indifferent to whether or not I finished it. I'm glad I did. The best part of this book is not the murder mystery. It's the characters and their very complicated relationships to eachother. I wouldn't be in a hurry to pick up another of these, but I wouldn't be opposed to reading one either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/14/2013

    " It kind of jumped around a bit, probably a better read for someone who has read the other books and followed the storyline of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Waters | 9/8/2013

    " Clumsy writing and tiresome plot. Nobody likes Kay. Poor Kay. The last ten pages mashed all the plot likes together but---hey-- where is Marino? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tdbelmont | 8/19/2013

    " Her books are getting darker, more graphic, and more difficult to enjoy for me. But I am still invested in the characters, which makes me keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederico Pinho | 7/11/2013

    " Nao achei nada de especial! Para um livro que ganhou premios, fiquei um bocado desiludido "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph Maison | 7/1/2013

    " i love books by patricia cornwell, i always seem to learn a little something new with each one. good stuff for the people who like forensic thrillers! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becca | 6/16/2013

    " I think I need to read one of her earlier novels. Too much of the story was based on previous knowledge and was indecipherable to a new reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geri | 5/1/2013

    " This book was very slow was glad when I finished and could move on. She went into too much detail on forensic. I also thought that she overdid the bad language. Would not recommend it to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie Botcher | 4/28/2013

    " always have enjoyed the series, but this book a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2013

    " don't like how all of the characters have anger issues. they all need to see a shrink. too much going on & was too much of a coincidence that it was all related. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2013

    " I haven't enjoyed these Kay Scarpetta books as much since Kay left Virginia... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/3/2012

    " when I want a quick read - I always seem to end up with a series like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 9/26/2012

    " Each of Patricia Cornwell's books are without doubt brilliant in their research, each are spellbinding and each are gory beyond belief. Yet each and everyone holds the reader throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priscilla | 4/24/2012

    " Patricia Cornwell used to write good, kinda gross forensic science murder mysteries. Her past few books though have been totally wrapped up in these weird and completely unrealistically interconnected plots. And it drags on. I couldn't even finish this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 2/28/2012

    " Another Scarpetta novel. Some surprising twists in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 2/7/2012

    " Ugh! I'm done with these books... Scarpetta is as psycho as some of the killers she is dealing with....I don't get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geri Marcus | 11/12/2011

    " meh - not great, probably done w/ this series. "

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

    " Not the best scarpetta. This one has character emotion flying at you in every direction. The early crime focused titles are much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khrystie | 9/7/2011

    " I really liked this one. It was more about her job than the actual story of a crime. I LOVE HER JOB "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/5/2011

    " there was no conclusion!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Spece | 8/14/2011

    " I was disappointed. I have loved Kay Scarpetta and Marino for a long time. This, well this just annoyed me and let me down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/3/2011

    " Lots of questions raised and never really answered, not her best.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 5/3/2011

    " My first book by Patricia Cornwall - I usually read Bernard! Ok if gruesome start, a few twists along the way and then a sudden finish in which you had to fill in some of the gaps yourself. I would probably try another by the same author before deciding whether this is for me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 4/21/2011

    " Starting with 'Predator', I felt Cornwell was taking these people in a direction where I no longer cared about them, any of them. Too much forensic info no one cares about, not enough plot or excitement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/12/2011

    " Huge Scarpetta fan. Started reading "The Body Farm" when I was in the Peace Corps in '99 and have been hooked since...This book doesn't disappoint! "

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

    " Good even the Second time around "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wally | 4/1/2011

    " The book was hard to understand with no conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcy | 3/23/2011

    " One of my all time favorites, Starts a new chapter in Kay's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 3/7/2011

    " not strictly read it but got as far as I can - it's just not my thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carson | 3/3/2011

    " Definitely not her best work. I put this one down a lot. Is Cornwell pumping them out too quickly? I found numerous editorial mistakes in the text, which irritated me especially for an author who does so much research and is usually exact in her telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 3/1/2011

    " disappointed! I couldn't believe that Pete Marino's character was brought so low. I didn't have a good feeling when I finished the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 2/28/2011

    " it was the first of the Kay Scarpetta series that i read. didn't really like some of the characters. didn't feel plausible. but will give another one a try. "

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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 thirty 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.