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Publisher's Summary

Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life, and a triumph for #1 New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell. The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.
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.
Don't miss the other titles in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.
©1997 Patricia Daniels Cornwell (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Cool, abrasive, with an edge sharper than a Stryker saw." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In this return to the luridly fascinating world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell delivers the goods." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Donna on 07-12-07


I like the story a lot but the narrator is awful. She sounds mad, and when reading the part of Kay she sounds like she is talking down to everyone.

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3 out of 5 stars
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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Miss L ttophi on 04-30-17

this a fantastic series

thses books are griping and thrilling
there intresting
very well writen
the whole series are well worth it

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