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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24,890 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342248
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It’s Christmas Eve in New York, and a sadistic killer is about to disturb the peace.

An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault.

Only Scarpetta can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics at the New York City morgue and give a name to the nameless. As she sifts through conflicting clues, Gault strikes again—moving terrifyingly close to Scarpetta herself.

From Potter’s Field is a stunning achievement from a bestselling author at the peak of her powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell’s galloping plot lines, technical expertise, and strong sense of atmosphere keep matters zinging along.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • From Potter’s Field is a terrific read, perhaps the best entry in the Scarpetta series yet.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Grippingly tense”

    Times (London)

  • “Cornwell is superb in evoking the cold, bare, tawdry facts of murder and their aftermath on the mortuary tray.”

    New Statesman

  • “Cornwell hasn’t lost her touch for serious suspense.”

    People

  • “Storyteller extraordinaire Patricia Cornwell continues to bring spine-tingling terror and terrific suspense to her bestselling series featuring the incomparable Kay Scarpetta. Fans won’t be disappointed with this...installment.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • From Potter’s Field finds Scarpetta in true form—tenacious and vulnerable, brilliant and consumed. This is the best story yet from the hugely gifted bestselling author.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “A compelling, fast-moving tale”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell proves herself one of today's most talented crime fiction writers, an author who keeps her readers on the edges of their seats with magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense.”

    Booklist

  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/20/2014

    " There is nothing you can get away with. There is forensic evidence EVERYWHERE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 2/19/2014

    " Are you serious? Any Patricia Cornwell book with Scarpetta as the protagonist and I am hooked. Cant put them down. I am so addicted to these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boilermkr88 | 2/16/2014

    " I picked this 1st book up that ever read by this author for $3 on a whim while I was on vacation. I was unexpectedly hooked from that point on! Scarpetta is a wonderful character that I'd love to know if she were real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Grace | 2/13/2014

    " Kay Scarpetta is called in on another Temple Gault case -- he is getting scarier and crazier and more threatening to Dr. Scarpetta and the ones she is close to. This victim is blad and there are no clues to who she is. Another page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/9/2014

    " Number Six in the series. I think this might be where the series jumps the shark. "High tech climax" never goes well, I'm afraid. More red wine, more Lucy, more loser boyfriend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miya | 2/6/2014

    " This was my favorite Kay Scarpetta book....not sure why, but I guess because a lot of the spotlight was lifted off of Scarpetta and focused more on the vicitm. I get tired of Scarpetta always being attacked by the killers or in some kind of trouble. I heard at one point this was going to be made into a movie. I used to envision certain actors as the characters: I always thought of Suzan Sarandon as Scarpetta and John Goodman as Marino :) "

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

    " Back when I read this in 2006, I found it very compelling...but I've since lost interest in Patricia Cornwell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Way | 2/1/2014

    " The first Patricia Cornwell and I'm keen to read a more recent one of the Scarpetta series. This one has to be read within the context of the time when it was written, very early days of IT capability. I found the detail of some of that too much but that aside the story was fast paced and the characters mostly believable. I thought the ending was rather abrupt and the detail of the subway stuff a bit superfluous. The writing is tight and crisp, the forensic knowledge clearly superb. My only reservation is that I don't really like crime stories where the 'detective' or main character is the actual target or the main person accused of some crime and suspended from duty, which is why I want to read a more recent Scarpetta novel in which she will presumably solve a crime rather than be the focus of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redfox5 | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this book well enough. I'm guessing it follows on from another book becuase at the start it talks about the characters like the reader should know who they are. Found Kay to be quiet annoying at times, when she wouldn't just do what she was told. They were only trying to protect her. Ending seemed a bit rushed but it wouldn't put me off reading another book by Patrica Cornwell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/20/2014

    " Worth your time, especially if your a forensic detective fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellys♥ Journal | 1/12/2014

    " Would actually give this one a 4.5, but it was so suspenseful, I decided to go with the 5 since 4.5 was not an option here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/26/2013

    " Brilliant book. As I loved Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan, I also love Kay Scarpetta. The action, the knowledge and well written and well lead story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mayakda | 11/14/2013

    " Gault & Lucy's ex are both back. Romantic angst for Scarpetta. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Page | 10/20/2013

    " This is a book for those who love CSI. The details are incisively written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmnh | 9/25/2013

    " I didn't read the paperback version of this book - I read the hardcover copy. It was an excellent book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque | 9/23/2013

    " This is an easy read. An enjoyable murder mystery, but I have to agree with another review. There could have been more closure. Since this is a lengthy series, I guess that will have to come in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 6/1/2013

    " Another great Scarpetta book. If you like mystery and strong female characters you will like these novels by Patricia Cornwell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luis | 1/16/2013

    " Decent Scarpetta novel. Trying to read all the novels in a row. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/2/2012

    " This was my first Patricia Cornwell book and I was hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 10/9/2012

    " One of my favorite Kay books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 8/15/2012

    " Before there was CSI, there was Patricia Cornwell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 6/19/2012

    " This was one of my faves in the series so far. Much less technical and a lot more about Kay and her life. Storyline was also interesting. A page turner for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daelith | 5/2/2012

    " Bit of a let down. Lots of hand wringing and worrying over the bad guy and then concluded in a couple of paragraphs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Red Kempf | 4/27/2012

    " Had me on my seat the whole time. Wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 11/29/2011

    " I love Patricia Cornwell books and this was no exception. I could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/14/2011

    " I thought this book was great, right up until the end. I felt like the book finished very poorly and it left me with so many unanswered questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bart | 6/10/2011

    " One of the last really good Scarpetta novels, before they started becoming melodramatic and silly. "

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

    " I really enjoyed reading this much like the body farm. It was very suspenseful. But I didn't like how it ended. A few more chapters added at the end to make a little longer I feel would have been better. But still a very good book. Can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/3/2011

    " IBook
    Slow start complex. Finish left questions "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 3/28/2011

    " I read here story because the author and the character have a bid following. I know that others like her work but she was just 'Okay' for me. She just did not strike me as my kinda writer. And, the story was just mediocre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 3/27/2011

    " I read this at least once a year. It is my favorite of the whole series!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 3/21/2011

    " I think Kay Scarpetta is an extremely boring person. She has no oomph. Nevertheless, I did somewhat enjoy this book. It was an intriguing mystery but not one of Patricia Cornwell's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalyn | 3/3/2011

    " Even I started to get creeped out at the end :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/27/2011

    " great forensic mystery, a little graphic, but definitely one you won't want to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/19/2011

    " Kay Scarpetta series -- in this one, sociopath/serial murderer Temple Gault is finally located and killed (after he kills his twin sister and several other people). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marina | 1/17/2011

    " Pretty good, not amazing, but an interesting read. Good book if you are bored and need something to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/8/2011

    " I haven't read other Scarpetta novels from Cornwell so I wasn't exactly moved by the story. Although I did find the story engaging but a little slow in its pacing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 12/31/2010

    " I read all the books in the Scarpetta series. I really like the characters and the mysteries. There is nothing earth-shattering about the writing or the concept, but they are fun and entertaining books and easy to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katya | 12/23/2010

    " Had a hard time reading this one....who knows why? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/16/2010

    " This was a hard one for me to get through...I just didn't like it as much as the others. So, I think I'll take a little break from Kay Scarpetta and read something else before I move on the 8th book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dev | 12/13/2010

    " I appreciate Cornwell's willingness to give her heroine "feet of clay"(she's having an affair), but the plot's denouement is contrived and anticlimatic to say the least. Cornwell seems intent on building a super serial killer a la Hannibal Lector and she fails. "

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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.