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In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning - except the weather is perfectly clear, with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental act of God.
Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta's conclusions, the threatening messages don't stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly 24 hours after Elisa's death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner, Pete Marino, and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.
She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta's surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can't explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief's judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion".
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By Lonna on 11-24-16
Another chance, another disappointment.
What disappointed you about Chaos?
I haven't listened to a book by Patricia Cornwell in several years so I decided to give this one a chance. What a disappointment. The same self-centered arrogant star--Kay Scarpetta--who apparently does not have the sense to get out of the hot sunshine! And the same angst ridden cohort of characters. Tired plot lines--cyber-bullying and child abduction. And the occasional references to global warning and the general homophobic population.
Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?
The performance by Susan Ericksen was not at fault. She had terrible material.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
What a waste of my time and money.
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