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Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9780062436757
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Susan Ericksen…[brings] Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta to life.”


  • “Ericksen, who has narrated several series titles, gives Scarpetta a petulant, feisty voice. She adds Boston accents when appropriate and creates credible vocals for supporting characters. (Scarpetta’s partner Marino’s vocals are particularly strong.) The story starts surprisingly slowly, but the murder and the resulting forensic details soon speed the pace. Ericksen keeps the tension high and handles the medical details diligently…Cornwell knows how to propel an investigation, and fans awaiting Scarpetta’s newest case will want to tune in.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “There is a quiet intensity to Ms. Cornwell’s writing that compels you to read, then the eeriness sets in…With Chaos, once again Patricia Cornwell mesmerizes with her astounding scientific knowledge, her keen ear for dialogue and the human psyche, all woven together flawlessly.”

    Fresh Fiction

  • “Lots of cutting-edge forensic detail and some revelatory character moments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The stakes are always high for Kay, and this time out they are raised by a poetic cyberbully who knows way too many intimate details about her, her family, and her forensics team. Fans…will rejoice when the forensics tent is finally set up and Kay shifts into overdrive.”


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About the Author

Patricia Cornwell is the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestselling novels, as well as works of nonfiction. She 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, and her novels have won numerous awards, including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, and the Macavity awards, as well as France’s Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Her novel Book of the Dead won the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller of the year, and she was the first American to win this award. Her character, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. She was awrded the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. When not writing, she tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.