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Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: November 2016

Duration: 13 hours 3 minutes


#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.
Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.
She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and 'a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.'


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  • Lena Moreland

    I have read all the Kay Scarpetta novels, I think this wil be my last. Not only is this so boring but Kay is such a narcissist. Each one has gotten more about Kay thaan the crime but this one was way over the top BORING AND DULL Joanne Moreland

  • Tamera Shirley

    These books are not what they once were, and the individual chosen to read it made it worse.

  • Linda Davis

    Gosh I'm tired of hearing about how beautiful Lucy is, how terrifying Carrie is, and how put upon Kay is. Something new would be nice. And the narrator reads as though almost every character is angry. It gave me heartburn in between naps when it put me to sleep. A new narrator, please.

  • Annmarie Higgins

    I think I've read all the Kay Scarpetta novels over the years. This one will be the last. Kay Scarpetta is such a narcissist. She sees all, knows all and is smarter than all the rest of the world. What would a man like Benton see in her? It seems the previous novels explored more of the science behind the crimes and that was interesting, but this one is all about Kay. She's a public servant for cryin' out loud and she always becomes the target of the worst criminals. This book took it too far. Over it.

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