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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the 23rd engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer-genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.
As Scarpetta watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn.
She doesn't know whom she can tell - not her FBI husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.
In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul's daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta's entire world and everyone she loves.
The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious - but, strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that's the message they send when they raid Lucy's estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
©2015 Patricia Cornwell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear." ( The Times)
"Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns." ( Mirror)
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author's imagination." ( USA Today)
"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Annette on 03-14-16

Drawn out

Was looking forward to the next instalment and hoping for an upswing in story and momentum. Instead it was at times was tedious and annoying with all the superfluous secrecy.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-23-16

Another Scarpetta Triumph

Great story as an old nemesis continues to dog Scarpettas steps. Performance was if not always well read from an English perspective. cant wait til the netxt one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caz on 04-21-16

Enjoyable performance by the narrator

I thought the narrator was very good. She created the right amount of tension at the appropriate moments. I liked how she created each character through her voice & way of talking. Story flowed well & it wasn't an expected ending! I recommend to listen to it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janine on 11-05-16

Great Cornwell - Disappointing Narration

Patricia Cornwell has delivered another riveting story in the great Scarpetta series! This novel should not be read as a standalone. For followers of the series it ticks all the boxes, but would be hard to grasp as a first-time Scarpetta read. My advice is always start at the beginning and work up from there.

Sadly I found the narration by Susan Ericksen to be grating and irritating. Unlike Lorelei King, there was little difference between character voices, and a great deal of unnecessary pressured speech, making it hard to listen to. I only kept going because, well, it's Scarpetta!

I believe the latest Patricia Cornwell release, Chaos, has also been narrated by Ericksen which is disappointing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 04-27-16

gripping

I couldn't stop listening to the story. exciting from start to the finish. great read.

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