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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: Mary Stuart Masterson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429587167
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From America's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel.

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have 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 autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern 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 her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin.

A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-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.

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

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

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Quotes & Awards

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/19/2014

    " My Grandparents got this on cd and loved it. They sent it to me, and i LOVEd it! im not bing into mysteries, but i really enjoyed all of the characters, how things developed and unfolded. i had no clue who the murder was and it was great to see how everyone was connected. the characters in this story are in her other novels so i went out and bought her first book and another my grandma recommended. great book!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 2/11/2014

    " This was a good series, but this book was boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Byxbe | 2/10/2014

    " I think The Kate Scarpetta Seriesnhas run it's course "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/27/2014

    " Cornwell is a relatively new author for me. This is my second or third of her books. Being a CSI TV series junkie, I love her major character Kay Scarpetta, a brilliant and strong woman. This book was a real thriller with a surprise ending. Quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/26/2014

    " reading this was a drag from the start. nearly all of the dialogue felt forced & unnatural; the details of the murders never seemed to be resolved; and everyone seemed sort of scattered. I haven't read most of Cornwell's books, but I'm not tempted to read any future ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 1/19/2014

    " Another book-on-tape for the ride to upstate NY. Not very thought-provoking but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/19/2014

    " Good read. I like Scarpetta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes | 1/15/2014

    " Fumbles with closing but otherwise a good Cornwell read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 1/11/2014

    " I hate what they did to Marino in this book! I hope he is able to redeem himself in the next one, although I don't know how. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 José | 1/9/2014

    " Good two-day read. Sort of runs out of steam towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/3/2014

    " I always like this series. It is a crime-forensice science novel. You do not have to read other books of this series to enjoy the current book. WIthout giving anything away, there is finally some character flaws being examined and dealt with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/31/2013

    " Another great book by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 12/25/2013

    " I have actually read ALL the Scarpetta series...love 'em all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/16/2013

    " Good as always. A little more psychology based and trying to get into the killers head. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 11/11/2013

    " I didn't really enjoy this book. Maybe because I didn't have the background on the characters, I didn't get the subtexts. I felt like I didn't even understand the ending! Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/28/2013

    " Kay tries to run her new private consulting firm despite the obstacles of Marino's trailer trash girlfriend, psycho Dr. Self, etc. etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ch.J. Loveall | 7/8/2013

    " Not as good as others. Is authoress tired of Scarpetta? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisha | 5/6/2013

    " Another great Scarpetta read- I love them all. They have just enough technical information to feel like I'm learning things, but not too much to make the book too hard to understand. I was really surprised by a few of the events in this book and look forward to the next Scarpetta novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/17/2013

    " Not near as good as the usual Scarpetta novels...too twisty and hard to follow, not much of a plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/12/2013

    " Her books are not what they used to be. Too many sub-plots that she tries to wrap up too quickly at the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzi Andrade | 1/6/2013

    " I used to love Cornwell's books, but they just aren't that good anymore. I picked this one up hoping she'd returned to her previous greatness, but was sadly disappointed. If you're a new Cornwell reader, stick to her early years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/25/2012

    " I really like shows like Forensic Files and this author has done tons of research on forensics for her Scarpetta series. So began my foray into these popular authors that patrons like to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Russ McLeod | 9/28/2012

    " Don't read this "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 6/20/2012

    " this is the only book by this author that i have not loved. it was hard to follow and i found the plot very boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 SueAnn | 5/30/2012

    " I just found this audio book to very boring. "

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

    " Good even the Second time around "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 7/11/2011

    " Sadly Patricia Cornwell's latest books are not up to the standard of her earlier ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Johanna | 5/26/2011

    " I fear even an autopsy would struggle to uncover anything new here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 5/4/2011

    " Ugh. Used to adore Cornwell but this one was dreadful. Now I have to read How To Build Your Own Time Machine so I can build my own time machine. Then I'll set it for the moment before I picked up this book, and then I won't pick up this book. Until then, I'll be stuck with its pollution in my head. "

  • 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

Mary Stuart Masterson is an accomplished screen and stage actress perhaps most recognized for her roles in films such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon, and Bed of Roses. She is married to actor Jeremy Davidson.