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3.00007753732207 out of 53.00007753732207 out of 53.00007753732207 out of 53.00007753732207 out of 53.00007753732207 out of 5 3.00 (8,641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781101539583
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The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer

As Patricia Cornwell’s remarkable nineteenth novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta opens, Scarpetta is driving through Savannah’s low country, on her way to the Georgia Prison for Women. She has agreed to meet with an inmate there, a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent-husband Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out—and to continue on her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months ago.

The quest is personal, but it is also professional. As the director of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with her connection to the Department of Defense, Scarpetta has urgent reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings that she feels are somehow linked to Fielding’s death. The murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace—all of these are related, but who is behind them? 

Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death—and an attempt on her own life—is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is Cornwell at her very best, knitting together an intriguing and complex story from strands of fascinating scientific and medical detail; it provides new insights into the character and motivation of her core characters. A must for all Scarpetta fans.”

    Independent (Dublin)

  • Red Mist...is a character driven story, and while forensics is still very much an integral part to the proceedings, it’s the emotional dynamics that give the book its true heft.”

    Examiner.com

  • “Solid.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell at her best.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2012
  • Winner of the 2011 RBA International Thriller Prize
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Mark | 7/8/2016

    " Another book by Patricia Cornwell I enjoyed. A little predictable but still a good book. Look forward to reading or listening to the next one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzee | 2/20/2014

    " Not sure why but this was sort of boring to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie | 2/15/2014

    " I think this was better than the last one..... "

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

    " Best Kay Scarpetta mover in a VERY long time! Exciting & suspenseful... an excellent choice for an audiobook, I love the choice of narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anick Lapointe | 2/6/2014

    " Found it good as usual. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria Lewan | 1/22/2014

    " Absolutely could NOT get through this book-returned it to the library, basically unread! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandie Seth | 1/20/2014

    " Pretty interesting plot. If one is a fan of the Kay Scarpetta series, it is a good pick. I enjoy a good thriller without all the blood and guts. The dialogue and sentence structure is well done. I finished it in 2 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Langenberg | 1/20/2014

    " Love the Scarpetta series. Interesting to re-read early books as Lucy's tech toys evolve along with crime fighting technology. Reminds me of covering courts beat before Google --heck, before most newsrooms had Internet service! Old. I feel very old... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Dennis | 1/19/2014

    " A continuation of Port Mortuary where the team is investigating the death of Jack Fielding. Good resolution of the case. And while the team is acting better towards each other they don't act like they like each other. The author herself must be going through some great inner turmoil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geraldine Plott | 1/19/2014

    " I found her constant ranting to herself boring; the story itself kept me reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shara | 1/15/2014

    " I got bored and couldn't get back into the story. I don't think I ever got into it in the first place. So, let's just be honest here and say that I most likely won't even finish it, so why bother. 1 star for not enjoying it enough to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettynz | 1/11/2014

    " This was a really condensed book in terms of time, if not size. Not enough Marino, but I guess he really is a sidebar in this particular story. Enjoyed the book, but wasn't in thrall to it, so didn't find it as compulsively gripping as some of the early ones. But then I was exceedingly tired. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 1/2/2014

    " totally jumped the shark. wasn't great or even good - just bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Petrilla | 12/28/2013

    " Have read Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series since the start of it. However, may be dropping this series forever. Last book was so-so good, this one just too long, dull & with lousy sell-out ending. Save your money, skip this one. You'll more than likely be disappointed as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/18/2013

    " She spent too much time explaining previous events for it to be actually engaging. I normally don't put her books down but this one was a struggle to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosanne | 12/8/2013

    " I didn't like it - The writings of "old" are gone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 12/4/2013

    " Typical Cornwell. Good writer. Good twists. I was sorry to see who died in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/31/2013

    " Not the best Kay Scarpetta but not the worst either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 8/10/2013

    " Great read! not what I expected but usually never is! Loved it but hated it to end can't wait for the next book of hers to come out! Patricia Cornwell is a great writer, its a must read if you've read or kept up with the Kay Scarpetta series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Stern | 7/6/2013

    " I used to Love her books. I don't know if this was not as good or I have just moved on from her style of writing. I did feel there was more "science" discussion then story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/29/2013

    " Pleasant reading with a surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melitchko | 3/25/2013

    " I always look forward to reading about Kay Scarpetta. However, I found this book to drag on in repetitive detail. Other than that, I look forward to the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda Carter | 11/13/2012

    " Way too many details - nouns, adjectives - and not near enough action - verbs... Slow moving, but interesting ending. I got so bogged down in the details I was just wondering what conclusion could possibly pull them all together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacia | 10/23/2012

    " Did not care for the first person point of view - stilted in some places. Not her best by a long shot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.B. | 8/4/2012

    " I really don't understand the bad reviews for this book that I'm seeing here and on other book sites. I thought it was a great addition to the series. While it was perhaps a bit too long on the other hand I thought that allowed for the wonderful exposition of the main character giving me a chance to get to know her better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 annie k. | 6/15/2012

    " I'm wondering if Patricia Cornwell has switched editors because her writing in this and the last several books in this series is rather unfocused, overly wordy and meandering. It's sad since the book prior to this change were fantastic with taut writing that was straightforward and to the point. Go find your old editor Kay! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/7/2012

    " If I had been reading this book I might not have finished it. I was on about disc 6 when I realized that not much had really happened with the plot. Since I was listening to it though I wanted to know how it ended. ANd I have read almost all of her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.G. | 5/3/2012

    " I love the Kay Scarpetta books and this one did not disappoint me in any way. It's a bit different from earlier books in that it focuses more on Kay's personal life and less on her work as a forensic pathologist. I enjoyed that as it allowed the character to breathe in my opinion. Beyond that the story is fantastic and I was glued to it until the thrilling conclusion. Very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Hutchins | 4/21/2012

    " This is a book series that started off strong out of the gate and has steadily deteriorated over time unfortunately. I'm sad to say that Red Mist did not change that trend. It's a good story with an enjoyable conclusion but the book is overly long with huge rambling sections that add nothing to the plot. Perhaps it's time for Kay Scarpetta to retire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanny | 3/30/2012

    " Good story. It reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's earlier books, focusing equally on the forensics and the personal side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R.C. | 2/10/2012

    " I've been a big fan of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series from the very beginning. I usually find her books enjoyable and easy to read since I really like the characters and her writing style makes the story flow well. However I did not experience that with this book. Kay seems to ramble on without reason and the story just drags for the most part. Granted it has some good points and the ending is pretty good but overall I thought it was a weak effort. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mara | 12/12/2011

    " I'm done with Kay Scarpetta. Loved the first ones, but the last few have slid far down hill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candylynn | 12/2/2011

    " I love the book, it kept me on my edge of my seat the whole time, I was just wondering what was going to happen next... she really knows how to write stories.. "

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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

Kate Burton is best known for her work on Broadway (Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, Spring Awakening) and television (Grey’s Anatomy, Empire Falls). Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She can also be heard on the audiobooks Port Mortuary and The Scarpetta Factor.