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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the 24th engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
©2016 Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

Praise for Patricia Cornwell and the Kay Scarpetta novels:
"Cutting-edge." ( Sun)
"A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller." (BBC)
"America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." ( The Times)
"Devilishly clever." ( Sunday Times)
"She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped." ( Mail on Sunday)
"The top gun in this field." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns" ( Mirror)
"The Agatha Christie of the DNA age." ( Express)
"One of the best crime writers writing today." ( Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best." ( Daily Express)
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." ( New York Times)
"Dazzling.... After reading Cornwell's thriller, most others will pale in comparison." ( Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"Magnificent plotting, masterful writing, and marvelous suspense." ( Booklist)
"Cornwell's instincts are dead-on." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charmaine on 11-25-17


Not to be unkind to one of my favourite authors but for me this book lacked the usual nail biting sparkle of a Scarpetta novel. Susan Ericson's addition of a Y in front of a vowel, for instance instead of 'I am' you get 'I yam', and the bleed into each other of words and sentences made me want to shout. The timber of her voice is lovely as always but her pronunciation was never crisp it was just sloppy. It definitely distracted me. I finished the book but I'm not sure if I'll buy the next.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 02-11-18

This should be listed under fantasy.

When a character becomes a superhero it no longer deserves to be reviewed as crime literature or anything of the kind, even the villains are supervillains all that is left is a lifestyle reference for shoppers and she is not modest piling it on. It is all about the fabulous life without any fable just a vehicle to sell more of the same.

When Scarpetta first came out it was gritty and intelligent but little by little it degenerated into this incredible Bond type of fantasy, Lucy her super intelligent all-around superwoman was the first clue where all would end and now it is all lost to fatuous lifestyles of the reach and famous while working on cadavers, and fighting supervillains.

Last try of a series that is in a downward spiral

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3 out of 5 stars
By Richmond on 11-06-16

Disappointed Chaos

Have always been a Cornwell fan but found myself bored by this recent story. Thoroughly enjoyed her early books but feel there's less to the recent ones with a lot of time on incidental details.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jordan Robinson on 01-10-18

Persistence pays off

Having been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for around 20 years I was keen to read this latest chapter. The problem is though that with every passing novel PC is slowing the action down to a snails pace. Sometimes you just want to scream because there are more time spent on painstakingly detailed descriptions of luxurious houses than any movement of story. The same goes for the constant explanations of the main character’s relationships with each other. So much of it feels like it’s been cut and pasted from the last novel. We get it! If you’re reading this novel there’s a pretty good chance you’ve read the others. We know whose who in the zoo. The constant internal dialogue is making poor Scarpetta sound more like and old grandma than a super sleuth.
So... if you can wade through the achingly slow pace for the first half of the book, the rewards are there. Bizarrely things finally get moving - and resolved - with some twists for good measure.
The performance is also pretty annoying to start, and it feels like everyone’s yelling at each other. That too passes. Just stick with it for a solid finish.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-03-18


For the first 7 chapters it seemed to waffle on and on.....going no where. Talk about the CIA. To listen to the main characters keep information of vital importance from each other I found a joke..... the science was interesting but that’s about it I’m sorry to say.

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