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Trace: Scarpetta (Book 13)

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Written By: Patricia Cornwell

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 12 hours 24 minutes


When Dr. Kay Scarpetta, freelancing from South Florida, returns to Richmond, Virginia, at the request of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a crime, she finds that nothing is as she left it: Her former lab is being demolished; the chief isn't really the one who requested her; her former assistant chief has personal problems that he refuses to reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case. Without the assistance of her colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are busy in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta must solve the death of a 14-year-old girl. All she has to go by are the smallest pieces of evidence and twisting leads and details that will reveal the sad truth that might be more that she can bear.


  • Anonymous

    I loved it and I love this author always have

  • Amy F.

    Loved it! Love the narrator and the story

  • Anonymous

    Slow as molasses. Not up to the standard I have come to expect from Cornwell.

  • dj2

    I have long been a fan or Patricia Cornwell but her latest books have been horrible - especially Trace. Unless you are a die-hard Cornwell fan, avoid this one. I am fast becoming a non-die-hard fan of Patricia Cornwell. Horrible read.

  • greenize15401

    Definitely not Cornwell's best book. The plot meandered along, and I needed a score card to keep track of characters who had little to do with the storyline. All of this compounded with the reader's terrible voice and inflections made me want to cry for the time I wasted trying to get through the story. From this point forward, I'll be very choosy when it comes to Scarpetta novels.

  • The Ol' Lady

    I am a Kay Scarpetta fan. She is very professional yet very much a woman. She has more strength and stamina than those of us made of flesh and blood however or she simply could not endure. I sincerely hope that Ms. Cornwell keeps writing and I am able to keep reading and listening.

  • Lawrence Kleinman

    This is the 3rd Patricia Cornwell novel I have listened to and am enjoying the series. I want to listen to all of her novels with the Kay Scarpetta characters in it. I am currently reading Point of Origin and want to go back to the beginning of the series with Postmortum. I enjoy the narration and the change of voices by the female narrator which illustrates how different opinions vary on the type of narration.I enjoy how her personal life is entwined into the story.

  • Christopher Tafelski

    I was guided towards this series of book due to my like of the program CSI. And While there could have been more forensics in the book, I was very pleased to get what was in the book. Overall a very good listen and I would recommend that it is put into anyone's list that likes forensics.

  • AMT

    I enjoyed Trace very much. I'm a mystery buff and also like forensic stories so this satisfied both of my passions. I particularly would like to complement the narrator of this book. She did an excellent job. It was hard to stop listening to it and not look forward to getting back to it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that keeps the reader in suspense and by an author who pays attention to realistic and believable details. I could tell the author had researched her subject matter thoroughly.


    Ms. Cornwell had me completely confused with this one. Some characters, especially "Henri" made no sense and had nothting to do with anything. There were holes in the story that were left unanswered, i.e., who killed the construction worker,moreover, how? We assume it was the suspect, but never know. The episode with the murder victim's mother and Sereno - what the heck was that about?? Over all, too drawn out, too many side plots taking up disc space. The essential story was fine, good even, but the "sidebars", if you will, were distracting. Not her best, but I will keep on as she has done some very good ones.

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