Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher Canada

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.'


  • William D Lurie

    A huge fan of her earlier books. This one does not even begin to live up to the hype . She is a best selling author because of what she used to write. In this book the main emphasis is all about the disappointments Kay Scarpetta has in the many people in her life and work. One particularly galling segment lasted hours as she reminisces about this persons slights or that employees characters faults. Her husband and niece are about the only "perfect" characters in this book. Remember when her books were about the fascinating world of CSI and the tools and techniques of forensics. Well that is no longer the case. If you are looking for 13 hours of Kay venting her bitterness, this book is for you. If you are looking for a crime novel of the like that made her famous, buy her early books.

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