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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781101145784
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It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta—despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN—to offer her services pro bono to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatrist patient of Benton Wesley’s. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package—possibly a bomb—waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta’s life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionaire with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past. Scarpetta’s CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called The Scarpetta Factor. Given the bizarre events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a “special factor,” a mythical ability to solve all her cases. She wonders if she will end up like other TV personalities: her own stereotype. The Scarpetta Factor, the seventeenth in the series, finds the familiar cast of characters together again in New York. Marino is working for the NYPD; Benton Wesley uses his forensic psychological expertise at Kirby and Bellevue; and Lucy continues to dazzle with her expertise in forensic computer investigations as she works yet another case with NY prosecutor Jaime Berger. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I think I am done with Scarpetta. The last 5 books or so have been the same thing! It was fun while it was good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances | 2/8/2014

    " I'm starting to feel like I'm a quitter. I had to give up on this book. It was just not holding my interest. It was too wordy and and I couldn't get into it. I used to love Cornwell's book, but I just felt I was wasting my time on this. I'm really sorry to say it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/28/2014

    " the earlier books are better, Tired of Kay being so "perfect" and that everyone loves her "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 1/18/2014

    " Not the best in the series. Seemed to just sort of drag on and felt it still had many loose ends when it was finally over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 1/16/2014

    " Overall, I was disappointed. It held my interest but 3/4 of the book was a rehash of previous books. Definitely not her best or maybe I have just read too many Scarpetta books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annabelle Blake | 1/12/2014

    " I was a little disappointed in this one. I really felt like it was too rushed and the suspense didn't build the way it has in other books of hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 1/12/2014

    " Another fun read! Love Scarpetta "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 12/22/2013

    " I think I read my first Scarpetta novel at the age of 15 or so. And still Cornwell's work is very good. This was a perfect piece to read while on holiday. Although all the novels are independent stories in a way, the characters have grown throughout the series, which I do like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly B | 12/12/2013

    " I was stuck between giving this 3 or 4 stars. It was a typical Scarpetta whodunit book. I thought it was entertaining, but not necessarily memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerri | 12/2/2013

    " This book was so hard to get through. It was slow until the last 150 pages then I was so happy to see the pace pick up and the book become very enjoyable. Still can't give it more than 3 Stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 10/15/2013

    " Finally! Better than the last few. So much more like the early Scarpetta books. More interior character work and Kay cooking a feast at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denice | 9/28/2013

    " Typical Cornwell, but a bit slow in places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce Hicks | 7/13/2013

    " Kay Scarpetta is easily among my favorite characters. This book illustrates that even the best authors need strong editors. IMO, this book was way too detailed....the dialogue was ponderous! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arie | 3/21/2013

    " I thought the story was poorly developed and executed. After reading other reviews from people who have read a lot of her books they also said this seemed like a poor effort. Maybe some of her earlier books are better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 2/24/2013

    " Okay, I'm on the hook again. A better story than the last one, not all computer tech , good old fashioned murder. It could have used some editing-- longer than the story warranted. I am always glad to catch up with Scarpetta and friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Artha | 1/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Patricia Cornwell took her characters to a really deep dark place and is now showing healing and emergence from their dark place. A good read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yaffa Shira | 1/3/2013

    " could barely get thru it, was looking forward to getting back to old friends, but this book barely moved, and I didn't recognize my "old friends" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Sailsbury | 11/14/2012

    " This book didn't have nearly the action that other of her books have had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 11/19/2011

    " Always enjoy her books a sure good read, well written and always keeps my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 11/5/2011

    " Got this one for xmas too :) another great engaging read, fully enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Ott | 11/2/2011

    " Way too long. I used to love her books, but this will be the last of Cornwell's for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/26/2011

    " A classic Scarpetta mystery with a great ending. Patricia Cornwell seems to have refreshed this series in the last two books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 10/6/2011

    " I have read all of the books in the Kay Scarpetta series and I think I am getting tired of her! Each book gets increasingly more involved with technology and for those of us who are technologically challenged it becomes boring. I found myself skipping entire sections. So, goodbye, Dr. Scarpetta. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 TeriC | 9/26/2011

    " I so didn't like this book that I didn't even finish it. This character is getting very stale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 5/16/2011

    " Too many references back to previous books. Too much focus on Lucy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2011

    " Twists and turns of plot with every new page. In addition to her storytelling talents, believable characters and plots, she keeps you up on the latest in forensic science and computer technology. This is why she is one of my favorite mystery writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/4/2011

    " I liked this book, but everyone was soooooooooooooo ANGRY! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybeth | 4/29/2011

    " Although I liked the book, not sure I like the new style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Epic.rdr | 4/28/2011

    " A nice progession of the regular characters, but I am ready for real mystery! Starting Port Mortuary tonight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/11/2011

    " Dr Scarpetta is, again, in the middle of an investigation. And again she needs to help her niece, Lucy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 4/7/2011

    " Patricia Cornwell is good but this is not one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 3/28/2011

    " I read all Patricia Cornwell. This Kay Scarpetta series being my favorite. The books never disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 3/26/2011

    " Good Story but too much detail. could have told the story in about 100 pages less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samiee | 3/22/2011

    " I have been reading Kay Scarpetta books for years....... This was a nice way to wrap up things with her and Jean Baptiste "

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

    " ok but slow because of excess details. good story and ties in with several previous books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2011

    " It must have been too long since I have read one of her other books because I kind of felt lost... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 3/15/2011

    " I usually enjoy Patricia Cornwall's books. This one seems to be a bit slow and is a newer publication with a date of 2009 printed. Kay Scarpetta is now reunited with her husband Benton Wesley. The story seems to be going to move between the two POV. "

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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 Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.