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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,050 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: July 1996 ISBN: 9781436125277
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A tangled case involving the death of an investigative reporter wraps a web of danger around Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner. When Kay questions the ruling of accidental death, she nearly gets shot for her pains. That sets off an even more dange Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The fasciniation with monstrous evil…blossoms with a vengeance. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the book it started out as, but not the "oh no, terrorists!" ending. It wasn't the intricate, subtle mystery I was hoping for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/13/2014

    " a great airplane/beach book. it kept me enthralled from the third page until the last! the ending and overall plot may be a little unrealistic, but there were no loopholes or unanswered questions by the end of the book (a pet peeve of mine). "

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

    " I know that I have read this book befor. But I'm going back and re-reading them because 1 it's been so long ago and 2 I really enjoyed them. Great book. Tense, gut-wrenching and scary to quote the book. I couldn't put it down. Each chapter just egged me on to see what was going to happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani Moore | 1/29/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this particular book of Ms Cornwell's, having had some diving experience myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Miller | 1/25/2014

    " A mesmerizing new thriller starring Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. New Year's Eve and the final murder scene o...more A mesmerizing new thriller starring Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Ted Eddings, an investiagtive reporter who was a favorite at the Medical Examiner's office, has died while scuba diving. Was Eddings probing the ...more A mesmerizing new thriller starring Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. Ted Eddings, an investiagtive reporter who was a favorite at the Medical Examiner's office, has died while scuba diving. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths of the river for sunken trinkets--or was he after a story? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/25/2014

    " have read most of Patricia Cornwell's books, good mystery and character development "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda Hall | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent book! Hard to put down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sigrun Hjartardotti | 1/18/2014

    " I find the main character Kay Scarpetta either too straight forward or if not so, neurotic and when she is, it does not fit the rest of the story. This is the second P. Cornwell book I read and I think I will leave it at that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Morford | 1/6/2014

    " This is the book that began the downfall of Kay Scarpetta for me. I am sad to say it has yet to get better in later books as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2013

    " finally an earlier Scarpetta. Interesting to see the dynamics of Scarpetta, Marino, Lucy's early relationship and roles which have been alluded to in the later books i've read. A good Cornwell book as always but nit the best of her work in my opinion "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ogross | 12/13/2013

    " Liked the beginning, but the last 1/4 of the book went into strange territory. Not very believable. "

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

    " not a cornwell fan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaRaine P | 12/4/2013

    " More about Lucy than Kay. A little more rambling plot line than most in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dev | 12/1/2013

    " By far Cornwell's weakest effort. A glorified coroner finds herself at the center of a terrorist attempt to takeover a nuclear power plant. The murders are ancillary, the characters various tics and eccentricities come off as contrived, and the plot defies logic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan L | 11/26/2013

    " I don't think this one quite as good as the others. Dr. Kay is very accomplished, but some of the knowledge she has in this book seems sort of far fetched for a lawyer/doctor to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lionlady | 7/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerrilynnebeck | 2/24/2013

    " I felt the terrorists Zion plot was a little far fetched but did enjoy the Northern Virginia Navy setting and how the sister's stories intertwined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/29/2013

    " I liked this book, but boy did it end abruptly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peanutbuttercup | 1/19/2013

    " I really enjoyeed it, but very confusing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/17/2012

    " Really found this book to be a good story of a strong woman in a mans world. Held my interest throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candylynn | 11/3/2012

    " I thought it was as good as a episode of NCIS, it keep me on my seat the whole time, and not knowing what to expect next on the next page.. I really enjoyed the book, hated to see it end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 8/8/2012

    " The first 200 pages held my interest but after that...nothin'. I couldn't even bring myself to skim to the end to find out the solution. Frankly, I didn't care enough to. But two stars for a good beginning that offered some nice yet mindless entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Forgetfulone | 1/10/2012

    " This book was interesting, but after 6 or 7 of them, I think they are becoming redundant. I also got tired of Cornwell saying, "on this day" instead of today or "on this morning." She said, "such and such wasn't going to happen on this day" too many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci Jenks | 10/17/2011

    " CSI stuff! Yipee! "

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

    " I liked her characters at first but now Kay seems to be bitter and it seemed like she could've written a very short story if there wasn't so much filler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/24/2011

    " I LOVE the Kay Scarpetta series of books. I am facinated by death and P. Cornwell seems to have her medical examiner knowledge down pat. I may have already read this but found it at the church book sale for ten cents..cant beat that :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 5/12/2011

    " This author gives depth and texture to her writing. This isn't just a whodunnit but a masterpiece of forensic research and detection. Unputdownable. I have read most of her books to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/8/2011

    " I thought the beginning of the book was really good. Then it kinda started to drag. But the last chapter was very good and I liked how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 4/27/2011

    " FBI, Medical Examiner, Navy, Local cops, terrorists, what else could you want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/27/2011

    " i enjoyed this book Marino didn't have a place in this book but she tried to put him anyway, this book was not like the last 6 that I have read, but still good. this book was way to quick to end like she one day said okay that's enough and stopped writting, Lucy's charter way out of place "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 4/11/2011

    " I also listed this under horror as these Kay Scarpetta books scare the sh*t out of me sometimes :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/27/2011

    " Love her Scarpetta series. This wasn't my favorite, but I still devoured every word! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 2/7/2011

    " The ending didn't give me enough closure, but overall still a great book. "

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

    " ehhh it was okay...I like her books, I like the characters....this one was not my favorite story, though.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trak | 1/12/2011

    " Did not enjoy this book as much and it was the beginning of the end for me and the reading of the series. "

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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

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.