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Publisher's Summary

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's number-one best-selling crime writer. In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic Center, Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her a dreadful reason to suspect this may become her next case. Then, with shocking speed, events begin to unfold.
A body recovered from Boston Harbor reveals bizarre trace evidence hinting of a link to other unsolved cases that seem to have nothing in common. Who is behind all this? And whom can Scarpetta trust? Her lead investigator Pete Marino and FBI husband Benton Wesley are both unhappy with her because of personnel changes at the CFC, and her niece Lucy has become even more secretive than usual. Scarpetta fears she just may be on her own this time - against an enormously powerful and cunning enemy who seems impossible to defeat.
©2012 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Conor on 06-25-15

Average overall.

Slow drawn out storyline with the usual frantic finish. Not the worst book in series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lorna on 11-05-13

A good story.. usual Scarpetta..

I cannot fault this book, but I must be honest.. I was a little bored. maybe I've had too much of Kay Scarpetta.. blah, blah, blah..... I didn't finish it, but probably will go back t it once i'm over my boredom. If you are an avid Scarpetta fan, then by all means read this one!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Dr on 07-25-13

Read by speech recognition software???!!??

I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell and the Scarpetta novels since they were first published, and have read them all. I joined audible and found the latest novel available, downloaded it and was quite looking forward to experiencing a tale with energy, character and complexity.

Accepting that the book would not be in the internal voice that I am used to, when reading a paper copy, and having had some excellent experiences with audio books, I was raring to go.


Getting used to the narrator took some time, the narrators tone was rather flat, although not to the point of being completely monotone and often seemed mechanical in the pronunciation. Apart from the voice changing to a more masculine tone for Pete Marino, the narration often led me to think I had switched on the narration function of my Kindle!
The story lines were pretty weak, and predictable and crossover for explanation and linking poor. The finale - a disappointment.

I wont be buying another audible Scarpetta novel, or anything else by Patricia Cornwell, as she seems tired and the book is lacklustre. I will also remember that narration by Lorelei King is definitely not for me.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 11-11-12

Cornwell back to her best!

Enjoyed this audio book whilst on holiday in Turkey. Cornwell is definately back to her best in this gripper, Great plot, well written and had the depth I have missed in some of her more recent novels.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-09-17

Great story easy listening

I found this storyline very entertaining and Lorelei King is amazing. I would highly reccomend

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