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Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: October 2015

Duration: 14 hours 54 minutes


From the world's number one bestselling crime writer comes the haunting and irresistible new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel—Depraved Heart

Depraved Heart: "Void of social duty and fatally bent on mischief." —Mayes v. People, 806 III. 306 (1883)

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a highly suspicious death scene in a historic home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages, immediately begins playing . . . and seems to be from her niece Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches she comes to grips with frightening secrets about her niece, whom she loves like a daughter. That first clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, alarmed, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn't know whom she can tell—not her FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the bizarre death of a Hollywood mogul's daughter, wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta's entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence and singularly "depraved heart" behind what unfolds seems obvious—but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that's the message they send when they start harassing Lucy and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.

In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell captivates readers again with the jolting twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail for which she is renowned, proving yet again why she is the world's number one bestselling crime writer.


  • Graham Keats

    Interesting story but way too long. Ending was a bit scrambled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachel V.

    Great book but I love all her books.

  • Michelle B.

    Great Book

  • Alex Macdonald

    I found this Scarpetta book too long and drawn out, it concluded in a hap hazzatd fashion with the case taking second place to Scarpetta's fixation on her niece

  • Linda Davis

    I'm not too sure why this one grated on my nerves: the narrator's tone of voice or all the anger in the story. It was pretty boring and way too much Lucy

  • Laura Cappellieri

    I hate this book, I can't even continue listening to it. I have been reading the Kay Scarpetta novels since the beginning but they have gone off the rails. I'm into chapter 14 and NOTHING has happened. I don't usually give up on books but I can't do this one anymore.

  • Diana Casanova

    I was not pleased with all the f.. Word use and the story was very slow . I usually love these books but this wasn't a favorite though it gave more background information about the characters.

  • Calvin Jones

    Not her (Cornwell) best. The F___ word added absolutely NOTHING to this book! I may try one more Cornwell but if the language is the same I'm done with her.

  • Charliss McLeod

    love her scarpetta novels. not this one. disappointed.

  • Ron Hollier

    Lots of detail and character development. I was hoping for a finite resolution to this storyline.