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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,463 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: September 2004 ISBN: 9780786552597
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Trace is the heart-stopping new Dr. Kay Scarpetta thriller from America’s #1 best-selling crime writer.

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago.

In Trace, Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn’t the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won’t reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Marino dislikes instantly, meddles with the case.

Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are embroiled in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen-year-old girl and working with the smallest pieces of evidence, traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak, and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear …

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saikhnaa Ch | 2/18/2014

    " I read 2/3 of the book over a year ago. So it was little bit confusing to catch up all things. Anyways it didn't meet my expectation as the Postmortem was good as hell and got all the awards that year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 2/7/2014

    " I've been anticipating reading this book for weeks now. It was very good in Cornwell's usual style. I gave it a 7 because it was such a lead up until the capturing of the person they were after, that it happened so fast and so little time was spent on the capture, that I felt robbed of an ending. "

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

    " Some of the reviews I read of this book claimed that it was amazing and that Patricia Cornwell was back in top form with this one. I didn't agree, I felt that the ending was anticlimactic and almost phoned in. The congruent stories made for an excellent attempt at holding interest but the author either dropped the ball, or is trying to hard to save material for the next sequel in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 1/23/2014

    " I'm finally tired of Kay Scarpetta - or maybe just Patricia Cornwell. The initial stories were good and I enjoyed most of them but then the stories just wound down to too much drama and not enough about the cases. Kathy Reichs is much better at sticking to the cases and not over emphasizing the personal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Donathan | 1/19/2014

    " It wasnt one of my favorites, especially the ending but it was still ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/19/2014

    " Very good writing, little ragged at end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/13/2014

    " Kay Scarpetta #13 book. Just as good as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/13/2014

    " Great story. Will be looking for the others... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 1/11/2014

    " Just o.k., her characters grow less and less believable as time goes by -- why are they all so volatile? Group therapy is in order! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/10/2014

    " It took me 200 pages to realize I'd already read this one. Worse, I then further realized that I had re-bought my used book from the same used book store I'd traded it in at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chatterbox | 1/2/2014

    " so far on page 50 and I,m hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Scott | 12/30/2013

    " The whole time I was reading this, I felt like it was familiar. Like maybe I have read it before, except there were also parts that I didn't remember. I'm growing impatient with Kay's aloof relationship with Benton. It's weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Codding | 12/22/2013

    " I love all her books, in this one there are two separate plots that are both interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 12/11/2013

    " I'm a fan of Patricia Cornwell and have read almost all of the Scarpetta series of books. This one was good although I didn't like the early introduction of the villain in this one. There wasn't as much suspense in this one as in many of the other books in the Scarpetta series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 12/10/2013

    " Loved Scarpetta... she is tough and takes no BS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/6/2013

    " Ok reading, but kind of a sprawling plot. Hard to follow where it was going sometimes or which characters were involved in what. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 9/30/2013

    " I find that Patricia Cornwall's serial killers are always such beasts and monsters. The motivations for their killings are just so out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliess | 8/28/2013

    " I read this before I read any of Cornwell's other books. It was good, not great, but it made me want to check out some of her others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 4/21/2013

    " Poor plot, to busy. very distracting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melina | 3/26/2013

    " I've tried listening to it and reading it, and I just can't seem to get past the first 2 chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diann Daggs | 11/5/2012

    " I love reading Cornwells books! so descriptive and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Thompson | 9/27/2012

    " Trace. In process. Typical good Cornwell read. Just reading her books for entertainment and good technical knowledge. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rae | 2/17/2012

    " I used to enjoy Cornwell's forensic mystery series with Dr. Kay Scarpetta but I found this one short on plot and generally pretty stupid. I can't recommend it...but do try the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 6/13/2011

    " Ok for this type of storyline. I have not read a lot of Patricia Cornwall so hard to compare with others by her. The two plots were really quite separate. I worry that all hospitals, morgues, undertakers etc have an Edgar Alland Pogue lurking in the basement! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 5/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelle | 5/11/2011

    " This is my first Patricia Cornwell in quite some time as she became a little too graphic in her writing for me. This one was not graphic, but there didn't seem to be much story. Not my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie K | 5/5/2011

    " Last three books of the Scarpetta series have been so disappointing; disjointed story telling, clipped writting, characthes that you don't bond or care about. Last one I'm reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 5/4/2011

    " Too much! And this coming from a long time Kay Scarpetta fan "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " I was really disappointed again with this book. It would have been much better in an abridged version. The book just seemed to go on and on. Scarpetta has written much better books - I miss the older books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 5/3/2011

    " It's time Dr. Scarpetta retire along with Benton, Marino, and Lucy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 5/3/2011

    " Still pretty dark like the last two Scarpetta books. Characters are still moppy and pathetic. Will read one more to see if she sounds stronger in the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/1/2011

    " Not her best, unless helicopters and highly technical forensic medicine is your thing. "

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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 thirty 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.