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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Jill Eikenberry Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date:
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Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer. It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we've seen her before--in a stunning achievement from a best-selling author at the peak of her powers. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “All the pacing and suspense Cornwell fans have come to expect...[Body Farm] will cause a few sleepless nights.”


  • “A consistently compelling series.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell’s name on the cover of a book virtually guarantees both instant bestseller status and enthusiastic raves from reviewers and readers alike. Her latest story is no exception...Her writing is masterful, and she provides evocative backgrounds, provocative characters, and enough ghoulish specifics about autopsies and dead bodies to induce weeks of nightmares. Scarpetta, as usual, is a tenacious, principled investigator who’s the one voice of reason in a story fraught with bizarre unreason. This deserves a place in every mystery collection.” 


  • “Cornwell is...at the top of her form here...Emotionally satisfying reading.” 

    Library Journal

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " This was my first read by Ms. Cornwell, I read lots more after this. I love the forensic information, especially the body farm particulars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny Otto | 2/7/2014

    " Great detective, murder mystery read. Plus it takes place in Knoxville, TN so it's cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randy | 2/5/2014

    " Typical Patricia Cornwell with Kay Scarpetta after a serial killer, but things aren't what they originally appear and everyone is in more danger than she first suspected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carmen | 1/30/2014

    " I have to wonder which came first, this series of books featuring a intelligent, beautiful female medical examiner or all the tv series featuring them. I believe it was the series. This is the fifth in the series. Kay falls off the wagona bit and has an affair with a co worker. Her partner, Marino, is not happy with her choice so he makes a bad choice of his own. Her niece tries to enter Kay's world and becomes the target of a homicidal maniac. All of this while Kay is trying to discover how and who killed a young 9 year old girl. The information is just enough to keep you interested and focused, but not enough to predict who did the murders or to predict the ending. I enjoy being kept in suspense. "

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