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The thirteenth book in the Kay Scarpetta series, from No. 1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.
'America's most chilling writer of crime fiction' The Times
Against her own judgement and the advice of Benton Wesley and her niece, Lucy, Scarpetta agrees to return to Virginia as a consultant pathologist on a case involving the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. Accompanied by Pete Marino she finds the once familiar territory of her morgue and her department much changed, and the new Chief Medical Examiner treats her with disdain despite the obvious fact that he is in desperate need of her expertise. But professional as ever, she re-examines the evidence and proves the girl was murdered. She also finds trace evidence which matches that found on an accident victim and at the scene where one of Lucy's operatives was attacked. It is not only a forensic puzzle, but opens up the probability that someone is after those closest to Scarpetta.
Praise for the groundbreaking series:
'One of the best crime writers writing today' Guardian
'Devilishly clever' Sunday Times
'The top gun in this field' Daily Telegraph
'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns' Mirror
'The Agatha Christie of the DNA age' Express
In this latest outing, Kay finds herself back in Virginia examining a curious death, that of the youthful Gilly Paulson. Joel Marcus, her successor as Chief Medical Examiner, has summoned a reluctant Scarpetta to help out, but her professional work is compromised by her unhappiness at the radical changes occurring in her old territory: Scarpetta's old morgue has been bulldozed, and she isnt happy working with the man who took her job. Other members of the familiar Scarpetta crew make an appearance: her partner Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy Farinelli are tracking down an assailant who has nearly ended the life of one of Lucys colleagues. The two cases turn out to be connected (surprise!), and soon several lives are at stake.
After the recent misfires, its a relief to note that Patricia Cornwell is back on track, dealing comfortably with her most familiar protagonist and a plot that yokes in bomb-makers and some bizarre sexual practices. A resounding welcome back, to both Ms Cornwell and Ms Scarpetta.--Barry Forshaw--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
This is an accomplished addition to Cornwell's Scarpetta series- and thrilling from start to finish. (THE LADY)
I'd recommend TRACE to any reader who enjoys a good plot, strong characters and plenty of action. (IRISH EXAMINER)
TRACE more than lives up to the high standards set by previous books in the Scarpetta series and it is certainly lucky 13 for fans of the good doctor. (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002TZ3ECK
- Publisher : Sphere (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 1293 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 444 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,593 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the meantime Benton has been called in by Scarpetta’s niece, Lucy, to find out the truth about an attack on her house-guest/lover. However she doesn’t want him to share the reason with her aunt (why not?).
And in amongst it all we follow the path of a strange loner who has an obsession with death and avenging various wrongs he believes have been done to him.
I used to love this series but gave up on it several books ago. Reading this I remembered why. Basically no-one is particularly likeable (even Scarpetta, despite attempts to make her sympathetic). Neither does much of it make sense. I was just left with a load of questions - why can’t Benton prioritise Kay? What’s the point of the dog? Was there a reason the new boss had to be so unlikeable? Does Lucy actually know anyone nice and sensible? I ended up feeling sorry for the murderer which I doubt was the idea.