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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Mary Stuart Masterson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781440656774
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Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder … that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 2/16/2014

    " The beginning was very slow and Kay was thinking about way to many things and kind of slow to catch on to anything. She complained a lot and as always her relationship with Benton is not what I consider the best relationship. They were doubting each other a bit and at their ages too much. The book did pick up in the last third to an exciting end though defintely not one of my favorites. Maybe I am getting tired to their story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 2/6/2014

    " I couldnt get into this book at all. This was my least favorite Kay Scarpetta book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Martin | 1/27/2014

    " I felt recent books in the Scarpetta series were a little disappointing. In this newest in the series Cornwell may have regained her pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Marasca | 1/26/2014

    " Kay Scarpetta whining about her age & loss of youth is not the Kay Scarpetta I've come to know & love. The story itself was boring with a very predictable outcome. I think it's time for Cornwell to have Kay permanently retire & for Andy Brazil to be brought out of mothballs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/22/2014

    " This was better than the last installment of the series, but still not what Patricia Cornwell used to write. The story does not seem as involved in character development as her earlier work does. The story line itself is closer to her earlier work which was fun to read, more complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Petricig | 1/20/2014

    " Agree with the other reviews that this wasn't the best Scarpetta book, but entertaining regardless. "

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

    " I've read the Kay Scarpetta series from the beginning and I am glad that this one has Kay doing some physical research and investigating, however, this one was not my favorite. I enjoyed reading it, but felt the ending was so sudden and when the killer was named I had to go back to figure who that character was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/19/2014

    " She has gotten very predictable "

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

    " There's something about Cornwell that keeps me coming back for more. I am starting to think this series is starting to run its course, but ... I kind of view these characters like old friends so I feel real guilty saying that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Mathews | 1/17/2014

    " It was a Patricia Cornwell, all right... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Bloom | 1/5/2014

    " Almost 500 pages spanning two whole days...and the solution wrapped up in the last 15 pages. I think we could have done better. Just sayin'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaRaine P | 12/28/2013

    " Another superb Scarpetta. I love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/17/2013

    " Not one of the best Scarpetta books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liana Watson | 12/11/2013

    " Not impressed, Struggled to keep reading this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 11/6/2012

    " I don't like when I figure out the ending in the middle of the book. But in this case I don't like when the killer is a minor character and you have to go back to find out who he is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 anouska | 10/27/2012

    " Agreed with all of the 1/2 star reviewers. Very disappointing. No suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 10/24/2012

    " I have to say, the conclusion of this book kind of snuck up on me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicky | 7/12/2012

    " This book was a total disappointment. It was boring, stupid and a total waste of my time. It seems she has lost her way with these characters and that's just sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calli | 5/21/2012

    " It was a good mystery, but Kay Scarpetta has been a bit depressing of late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 2/18/2012

    " I had pretty much given up on the Kay Scarpetta series. The last few I'd read seemed to be bogged down with her romantic problems to the detriment of the plot. This one was a pleasant surprise. It reminded me of the earlier books in this series, and reminded me of why I originally liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 8/22/2011

    " A wierd mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marijo | 7/30/2011

    " not one of her best books, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 5/24/2011

    " It was nice to read a murder mystery for a change. Good book - just needed a love interested. I hear that happens in book #2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenise | 5/22/2011

    " I love patricia cornwell. she is an excellent writer. All of her books pertain to the same characters and they seem to almost expand on each other......just different cases. Once you start reading it is hard to put her books down.....MYSTERIES ENJOY!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/8/2011

    " Hadn't read a Cornwell work in a while, took a little getting used to because of all the medical & technical jargon .. but a pretty good story once it got rolling. Not her best, but interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolene | 5/7/2011

    " I'm reading this on my kindle. It's strange how I notice the significant difference in technology from the stories I've been reading by Kathy Reichs. 1991 seems so long ago to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 4/21/2011

    " really really good, fast paced, great read, will keep this one to read over again, "

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

    " Good listen. Not much as action goes but good who-dunit. I like the cop and the computer savvy teen. This was a time when DNA was brand new. It's cool to see the integration of the new technology with gumshoe detective work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noseyoats (mandye) | 4/15/2011

    " This book is a great read. It keeps you on your toes the whole time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 4/14/2011

    " I loved the intricate medical mystery that was the main focal point of the novel. The author made it so clear cut what each injury and trauma the victims had, so it wasn't difficult to understand or follow at all. I can't wait to read the next in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libbeth | 3/22/2011

    " Spoiler Question, read no further if you have not read it......

    Who reported the last murder? How did they find her? It was totally glossed over, as far as I could see. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention. "

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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

Mary Stuart Masterson is an accomplished screen and stage actress perhaps most recognized for her roles in films such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon, and Bed of Roses. She is married to actor Jeremy Davidson.