Scarpetta

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Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: December 2008

Duration: 15 hours 15 minutes

Summary:

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder...that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city - an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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  • Joann R

    Not one of the best books she has written. I usually absolutely love her. The narrative is not bad just hate her take on the characters her normal voice is ok

  • Jeanette Beard

    kept stopping after hours and 30 minutes this is a rip off wouldn't recommend it to anyone

  • Anonymous

    This was a poor book. I am sorry that I rented it.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had read the reviews before selecting this book. I got through disc 4 and had to return it. Painful.

  • Linda

    In a word TERRIBLE. SO slow and boring. Cornwall's first books were so good and she really needs to stop because the more recent ones are going down the tubes. Could not even finish this one, please don't waste your time and selection!

  • Anonymous

    not good; didn't finish! Boring! reader: monotone!

  • Kent

    This is the most boring book I've ever listened to - period. So boring that I had to stop on Disc 8 out of 12. I invested many hours of time to get through the first 8 discs but I couldn't keep going, even though I did want to know "who did it". The author throws in all kinds of prose and non-sensical information that isn't necessary for the story. Just drags on and on. The narrator has a voice that doesn't help. What starts out as maybe a little different way of narrations ends up being grating and adds to the boredom. Sorry, but I can't spend another minute on this book. Even reviewing it! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  • shannon

    Not her best work and I'm a big fan. It seems to be lacking something from her other works. The characters have changed quite a bit in the last few books and I think the books have lost something because of it.

  • Bonnie

    It takes a lot to overwhelm my OCD which requires me to finish whatever I start but this book prevailed. I made it to the 3rd CD then realized I was humming holiday songs, ejected the remaining CDs and rushed them to the Post Office. I used to love Cornwell's work but I could not begin to explain what was going on with this story. I doubt the author could either.

  • Anonymous

    Extremely slow moving. Not up to the caliber of her other books.