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Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kay Scarpetta Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780786552580
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The heart-stopping new Dr. Kay Scarpetta thriller from America's #1-bestselling 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, 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/15/2014

    " Not a book I would have probably picked but okay overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pegweaver | 2/8/2014

    " recently began reading the Cornwell books that I've collected but hadn't read yet. I remember really like the characters and the way she writes... but not too excited about the gore, violence and details into the "bad stuff" that goes on in her stories. That hasn't changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MissyDevoursDelishReads | 1/26/2014

    " Love Scarpetta series and Patricia Cornwell, however this book was all over the place. Very confusing with many characters and changing locations repeatedly had me rereading at times. I found it very hard: this read lacked believability, Scarpetta just wasn't "smart" enough in this one, and I really disliked the ending. So farfetched, and just plain sucked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/23/2014

    " A good book but not as good as the earlier Scarpetta novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/20/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marina | 1/19/2014

    " Strange to pick up a Patricia Cornwell novel after so many years - I gave this book only 3 stars because although it was nice to check in with the Scarpetta characters, the storyline didn't seem as original as some of her other books. She's still the #1 crime/forensic science novelist though, and once again has me hooked (reading the next book now). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Traci | 12/27/2013

    " I'm 0-2 with new authors these days. I tried a Ted Dekker book ("The Bride Collector") and it was awful. I figured that this book by the famous Patricia Cornwell would be at least a good summer read. The protagonist and her posse are all just shallow and dull and very unlikable. The scenario was just rather boring. Sorry, because I'd heard good things about Cornwell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shana | 12/25/2013

    " I used to rip through Scarpetta books, but this one took me awhile. She needs to be back in the lab running things. An uncertain Scarpetta doesn't make as compelling of a story. "

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

    " Following Scarpetta from the beginning it is hard to give up the series, even after the 'werewolf' books and Benton's coming back from the dead, but the stories are not what they used to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yas | 11/25/2013

    " She really has gone down. Have the next one from the library here though so on I go... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/26/2013

    " Not as good as her earlier works but still exciting. Im less a fan of marino in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/16/2013

    " I liked the pacing and path this book took to get us to understand everything that went on in the murder to be solved. Like many of these novels, two seemingly disconnected cases wind up tied together which just seems too convenient. Overall an enjoyable read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 7/31/2013

    " One of my favorite authors "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dell | 7/21/2013

    " Could not get into. Too much back and forth. Hard to follow. Not one of her better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 2/5/2013

    " A good one. It really helps to read the Scarpetta novels in order. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 10/24/2012

    " Poor plot, to busy. very distracting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 India | 7/11/2012

    " It took a while for me to get into the book and just as quickly as it got interesting, it became kind of long-winded. I did not like the ending so much as there seemed to be no real conclusion........ "

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

    " Not her best work. Took a really long time to get to the conflict and it just fell flat. The resolution wrapped up in two pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 6/5/2012

    " Good story line, but a bit disjointed; takes a few chapters to 'get it', but is worth the read. Not as good as other 'Scarpetta' Novels; Hope the new one on my shelf is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/2/2012

    " Another great Kay Scarpetta suspsense novel, a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huey | 3/1/2012

    " not one of her best stories, probably im still trying to get use to her new narrative style. the end was very abrupt and i still have many questions unansweredi "

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

    " Typical Cornwell novel. I guess I'm getting tired of all the internal angst from Kay, Lucy, Benton and Marino. They are all such successful and well-to-do people and are so full of self-doubt. Enough, Patricia, just tell us a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 10/20/2011

    " Listened to this on a long ride. It did get progressively better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 10/12/2011

    " Long series. Sometimes she loses me in the drama. This one got back to the core elements of what made me decide to complete the entire series this year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/6/2011

    " I couldn't read anymore Scarpetta after this one. Maybe one day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabelle | 7/12/2011

    " Okay. Blockbuster. Quickly read, quickly forgotten. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lovely-dee | 7/4/2011

    " "...Dyed, bleached, and gray hair are pretty worthless in microscopic comparison, and half the human population has dyed, bleached, gray, or permed hair. But these days in court, jurors expect a hair to announce who, what, when, where, why, and how." (page 111) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/26/2011

    " Love the Kay Scarpetta books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/13/2011

    " I love Scarpetta and her insight into the criminal minds as our hero in these books. I will have to read more of this series. I was a little lost on some of the characters in the beginning since I have only read one other Scarpetta book. "

  • 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 | 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. "

About the Author

January LaVoy, winner of numerous awards for narration, was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.

About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives. Her audiobook narration has won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.