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Publisher's Summary

This dazzling thriller pits Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta against greater odds than ever before.
Convicted serial killer Carrie Grethen has escaped from a psychiatric hospital with plans for revenge. Wary and shaken, Scarpetta also has to investigate the death by fire of an unknown woman. The post mortem reveals the woman was stabbed before the fire was started, and soon Scarpetta and her colleagues are called out to the scene of another fire and another murder.
When her lover, Benton Wesley, disappears while following up a tip-off, Scarpetta, with sudden, appalling clarity, sees that Carrie has set up a scenario in which she has the upper hand and can manipulate them all.
©1998 Cornwell Enterpises, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By nolagal on 04-04-15

Great Story Dreadful Narration

Point of Origin is a pretty typical scarpetta novel that's more action than forensic focused. That's fine by me but Karen White the narrator must have graduated from the William Shatner School of Overacting. Some reviewers didn't like CJ Critt the previous narrator but I thought she was perfect and any issues with narration were a result of production and editing and not Critt. White has a truly annoying pattern of pauses at inappropriate moments in the story telling. She doesn't do it when speaking as Marino, Lucy or other characters but when speaking as Scarpetta or as the storyteller its so annoying I nearly stopped the audiobook. Rather than saying "I went to the store". She would say "I went ................ To the store". I noticed that she's not the narrator of future Scarpetta novels so I suppose everyone else noticed this as well and didn't want listeners to break their iPods or phones throwing them across the room in frustration.

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By JR on 05-16-15

good story, poor performance

The overall story line was great; in typical Patricia Cornwell fashion. The narrator performance was absolutely terrible, and at times unbearable.

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