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Port Mortuary

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Kate Burton

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: November 2010

Duration: 7 hours 7 minutes


In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Kay Scarpetta's past merges with the high-tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Now, more than 20 years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy - a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die.

In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven't heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta's - this is her story.

Flesh and bone: investigate more of Kay Scarpetta's forensic cases.


  • Anonymous

    The book seems to be mostly Kay speaking to herself and the reader is terribly monotonous! Very disappointing. I'll have to finish it, but she doesn't make it easy.

  • John

    Listening to this story felt like someone was talking your head off. Just rambling details that were unnecessary. Could not finish it.

  • Anonymous

    Some authors give a very good "visual" description of a scene which adds to the story. However, Patricia Cornwell, adds details where absolutely not necessary making it feel that she just tries to fill-in on a very thin story. Total waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    Was not one of author's best book. Many boring parts and rambling on. Could have been better if it was a shorter book sticking to the plot.