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After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.
Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer. The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain - or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk.
©2013 Patricia Cornwell (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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By Cindy on 01-19-14

Way too much angst

What disappointed you about Dust?

There was so much self talk that the story got lost. I couldn't remember where I was, in the morgue, at the scene, at Scarpetta's home? She would go on about things past or what she was worried about or how someone else might feel ad nauseum. It isn't that I wanted a cold just the facts story but it was so lengthy and the whinneyness of it got overwhelming.Cornwell has been moving in this direction for some time now and this was just too much. I didn't want to listen to it anymore at one point. I stuck it out and it got a little better near the end.

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book could have been several hours shorter easily. I would not cut out any of the storyline but an editor should have slashed heavily at all the inner dialogue that went on. Yes Lucy has a big truck, great, I'm got it, I don't need to be told 16 times.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I have a windows phone and I can't change the speed so that colors it somewhat for me. If I could have sped it up I think I would have had no issues with the narrator. At the speed I have listen it was too slow.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It has the characters that we've come to know so well. But it just didn't hold my interest.

Any additional comments?

So far my least favorite of the Scarpetta series. If this had been the first book I would not have bought others.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-28-14

I give up

I keep trying new Scarpetta books, Cornwell is just too full of herself to write an engaging mystery...the series that made her. The story wasn't bad, if it hadn't been for her need to write an epic novel maybe she could get back to basics.

I suspect the over inflated ego and self importance of Kay Scarpetta is a reflection of the writer. To bad, but I won't be wasting anymore time or money on Ms. Cornwell's literary illusions.

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