Scarpetta : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder...that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city - an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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Don't waste your money

Slow, boring plot. The Cornwell of old is gone. I have been a big fan of hers for years, but its time to move on.
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- Becky

Unbelievably Boring

I hadn't read a Patricia Cornell book in several years, just lost interest and got involved with other authors. I was looking for a nice long mystery download, and thought I'd try an author I was already familiar with. I kept waiting for something even slightly compelling to happen, and even through the "climax" of the story (utterly predictable), it was one long snooze. So disappointing, the book was just formulaic and boring from beginning to end. And why get "little people" involved? How was that relevant? Ihe "Shrew" character was confusing, I nothing seemed to connect to anything else , everyone seems way too forgiving of an attempted sexual assault, the book was a mess. I think Cornwell has completely run out of passion and fresh ideas, and possibly had a hefty mortgage payment coming up. What a disappointment and waste of a selection.
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio