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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (42,688 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: January 1993 ISBN: 9781436125291
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When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this bestselling author delivers so well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • No one doew authenticity better than Cornwell. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Winner of the 1993 CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin Gesher Jay Deniega | 2/19/2014

    " riveting.. full of suspense! love how Dr. Scarpetta described how the examination was done to the dead.. GOOD BOOK! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books. I like her characters, flaws and all, and she has a lot of good suspense and twists and turns in her stories. I will definitely pick up her next one when I'm ready for another thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annika | 2/17/2014

    " The beginning of the Temple Gault thread. Love it! It's just getting good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Jones | 2/7/2014

    " I was disappointed with the ending. Not one of my fav's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/30/2014

    " I'd rate this one more like a 3.75. It was still great, the ending was eye-opening as usual. But the Scarpetta stories are all kinda sounding the same. Might take a break from her for a while, although this one ended as a cliffhanger, so I just might have to get on to the next one right away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent read, love this author! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Filipa | 1/14/2014

    " It has an unfinished ending! There were to many aspects left to explain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina Flores | 1/8/2014

    " Read Almost all of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trev | 1/8/2014

    " Fun! Solid! Entertaining! Will be reading more of her. OH YES "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Hopkins | 1/1/2014

    " Scarpetta is another favorite character of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/8/2013

    " The premise is intriguing: fingerprints from an executed man show up at a new crime scene. Then you have Cornwell's whole cast of characters, who I've come to love over years of reading them in assorted books. And then there's all that detail. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 12/2/2013

    " Written in first person, Dr. Kay Scarpetta escapes prosecution in this tale of many murders linked to the switching of finger prints? Continue to learn more of forensic science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ | 11/18/2013

    " I liked this book. I did feel like it dragged on and was missing some suspense. But Cornwell's eye for detailed description does help you get into the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosabelle Purnama | 11/5/2013

    " This book was just okay for me. There's a slight twists of the story, but I didn't like the case in this story and I definitely didn't like the ending to it. I've always been a fan of Patricia Cornwell and the Kay Scarpetta series, but this one is definitely not my favorite one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/9/2013

    " I love Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Kind of like Quincy, she solves murders because she is an intelligent and insightful Medical Examiner. This book is not as gruesomely detailed as some, so it may appeal to more timid readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jimmy scarborough | 1/18/2013

    " I find the form of writing unusual and interesting for it is always fun to get hit with the unexpected. On the other hand, even though I have run ambulance and worked in a funeral home, or perhaps because of that, I struggle with her hardball style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salsadancer | 12/5/2012

    " 4th "Kay Scarpetta series" - this is an early Patricia Cornwell book that I missed, and it's better than later ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/18/2012

    " I enjoy the Scarpetta mysteries very much. Scarpetta can be a bit hard and ornery at times. I like Lt Pete Marino. I think he could be played nicely by Michael Hogan, Commander Tighe of Battlestar Gallactica fame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Bailey | 1/10/2012

    " Not my cup of tea. A little far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cary | 8/25/2011

    " This book was a bit dark for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/20/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into the book in the beginning of the book but it picked up and I couldn't put it down. I didn't see the ending coming an I like how it ended, different from the previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurenwilder | 3/21/2011

    " Patricia Cornwell is my favourite crime/thriller writer and this is one of my favs. Can never tire of Scarpetta! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsaygrace | 3/4/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 1/26/2011

    " I enjoy this character quite a bit. I had to get used to the style of writing and the way Patricia Cornwell ends every book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/22/2011

    " Even though I got busy and it took me awhile to read the book, it kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jimmy | 1/20/2011

    " I find the form of writing unusual and interesting for it is always fun to get hit with the unexpected. On the other hand, even though I have run ambulance and worked in a funeral home, or perhaps because of that, I struggle with her hardball style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salsadancer | 1/19/2011

    " 4th "Kay Scarpetta series" - this is an early Patricia Cornwell book that I missed, and it's better than later ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/16/2011

    " Got one of the Scarpetta books I didnt have for Christmas. When I finally have them all, I'm going back and reading them in chronological order. Love that this is the one where we are introduced to Temple Gault and where Kay is not yet involved with Benton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trak | 1/12/2011

    " Still very much hooked by the series and a great page turner. Full on intrigue on a lot of levels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/11/2011

    " Good, this one has a cliffhanger ending...launches you right into the next book...feel like the rest of the series will be more like this than the first three were...those stories were "solved" and this one is not :-) "

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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.