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When the killer contacts her via e-mail, Scarpetta enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace. Learning that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, Scarpetta realizes she's dealing with a sophisticated mind.
Her investigation leads her from the government's biological defense facility in Utah, to Atlanta's Center for Disease Control, and eventually to quarrantine, when it is discovered that Scarpetta has been exposed to this fatal virus. Along the way, she's forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a slick FBI agent, Lucy's problems, and her own turbulent feelings for Agent Wesley Benton.
Unnatural Exposure is the 8th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.
"In this return to the luridly fascinating world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell delivers the goods." (Publishers Weekly)
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By karen on 12-22-11
A worthy listen....
I loved the early Kay Scarpetta books, and this one, Unnatural Exposure, is just about the last good one. I stopped reading them when the dreadful "Lucy" character hijacked -- and destroyed - the series, but here in this book, Lucy is enough in the background that the story is still entertaining. The theme -- "saved" deadly viruses such as small pox -- is interesting, and the narrator deserves a zillion kudos for her ability to speed right through all the medical and biological words and phrases, terms I would have skipped entirely if I'd been reading it.
Reading or listening to an older book is always interesting in showing human progress -- or regress -- since the book was written. In this one, in one scene Kay arrives at the airport carrying a cooler packed with deadly viruses. As she enters the airplane, the stewardess tells her the plane is overbooked, and she'll have to check the cooler, since there isn't room for her to keep it in the cabin. Kay objects, telling her what's actually in the cooler, at which point the stewardess doesn't have Kay arrested for potential terrorist activity, but rather clears a whole row for Kay to sit in, alone. Boy, those days are long gone....
Bottom line: not my favorite audiobook of all time, but all in all, a good listen.
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