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Publisher's Summary

Patricia Cornwell delivers the newest engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Depraved Heart: "Void of social duty and fatally bent on mischief."
Mayes v. People, 806 III. 306 (1883)
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 20 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 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 Wesle, 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.
In the latest novel in her best-selling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate listeners with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she's the world's number-one best-selling crime writer.
©2015 Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By GH on 10-29-15

A train wreck you can't look away from.

I have read every single Scarpetta novel. I am sorry to say the trajectory is still downward and looks to be auguring into the ground at mach 10. In this novel the super-villain woman is back to taunt. The first hour is a recap of the background of the main characters -- yawn. The setting is a murder. I almost shot myself in the face from horrible writing in this scene alone. Sorry to say, it only managed to get marginally better.

The narration is horrible. I only gave it one star because zero was not an option. I will say this once again, unless Cornwell stops taring down Scarpetta and other and focus these characters on EXTERNAL challenges, this series is going no where. I'm tired of inter-family-friendship drama. Let's go get a criminal and let people someone be a hero instead of Debbie Ultra-downer.

Conrwell mailed this in with insufficient postage. I am so disappointed. This is one of my favorite got series. Pass on this one until you can get is for 1.99 or on a two for one.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 10-28-15

Depraved heart

I hated this book! Not 1 autopsy in the whole story. This is what I got hooked on with this series. I suppose the scarpetta series has run its course. The narrator couldn't become a different person like the others. I felt like I knew and could see the story. This one was horrible. I have to return it I would never listen to it again. I have gone back and started from book 1 a few times because I loved the characters like they were real and I could see like I was actually there in the room. Ms Cornwall I wanted a year for this book and I'm truly disappointed

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