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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Lorelei King Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9780062325396
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Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta, a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself.

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this twenty-second Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next.

First it’s New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face-to-face with shocking evidence that implicates Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In her twenty-second Scarpetta novel, Cornwell’s forensic knowhow is still at the cutting edge—even though Scarpetta was the prototype for most of TV’s crack forensic investigators today—and her final scenes are both logical and shocking.”

    BBC (London)

  • “For the serial killer they nicknamed ‘Copperhead,’ there is no need to get close. With marksman precision, he or she murders from a distance, instantly dispatching the victim and leaving no witnesses. Forensic wizard Kay Scarpetta is accustomed to working with very few clues, but in this case, some of the few that do emerge point in a very unsettling direction. Patricia Cornwell’s new whodunit features suspense, plot twists, and surprises.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “After twenty-two novels, Cornwell is still the ace of forensic science mysteries. Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her family and friends just keep growing as characters, and Cornwell’s plots are still taut and tangled enough to make readers afraid to miss even a bit of minutiae. With Flesh and Blood, Cornwell is at the top of her game and doesn’t seem to give any sign of slowing down. Readers are going to want to latch on to this next Scarpetta book and enjoy the ride.”

    RT Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Everyone knows Scarpetta; she has the wit, intelligence, and strength that any forensic sleuth should own. This never-stop action plot is yet another gift to readers from Patricia Cornwell—a literary artist that is never going to stop writing some of the best and most memorable thrillers out there.”

    Suspense magazine

  • “Bestseller Cornwell’s thrilling twenty-second novel featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta pits the chief medical examiner against a threat uncomfortably close to home…Soon the hunt is on, stretching from the tonier streets of Cambridge to the murky waters off the coast of Florida. Series fans may be pleasantly shocked by the return of a once-vanquished nemesis.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her twenty-second outing, Dr. Kay Scarpetta goes after the Copperhead, a serial sniper who kills seemingly random victims with a single deadly shot delivered at such a distance that there’s really no crime scene, only odd bits of copper left behind as a memento. What does Kay’s techie-brilliant niece, Lucy, have to do with it?”

    Library Journal

  • “Happy birthday, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But no Florida vacation for you and your husband, FBI profiler Benton Wesley—not because President Barack Obama is visiting Cambridge but because a deranged sniper has come to town.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Lorelei King deftly navigates the serpentine plotting in Cornwell’s twenty-second Scarpetta novel…King keeps the action humming. She carefully develops character and atmosphere while dealing with political unrest, extremists, terrorism, and murders—old and new. She brings warmth to the usually cool Scarpetta, especially those moments with her husband, F.B.I. profiler Benton Wesley, and during her childhood reminiscences.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Manary | 3/10/2017

    " Another well written book by Patricia Cornwell. I didn't want to stop listening to the book and wanted to see how it ends. Now I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. If I had a complaint it would Patricia still bringing up what happened between Det Marino and Dr Scarpetta. I am ready for that to be in the past and everyone moving on. "

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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

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.