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Patricia Cornwell
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1 Nov 2002 Recorded Books Unabridged

A sadistic serial killer, the weapon a deadly virus

Dublin, Ireland and Richmond, Virginia: separated by thousands of miles - linked by murder. For Dr Kay Scarpetta a lecture stint in Ireland provides the perfect opportunity to find out if the murders on both sides of the Atlantic are indeed connected. Five dismembered, beheaded bodies were found in Ireland five years ago - now four have been discovered in the States.

But the tenth corpse in Virginia is different. There are vital discrepancies, and an indication that the elderly victim was already seriously ill. A copy-cat killing. Ghoulish, perhaps, but not unusual. And then abject terror grips Scarpetta and her colleagues when the next body is found. The circumstances of death broadcast a clear and horrifying message: the killer is armed with the most lethal weapon on earth - smallpox.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (1 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402528965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402528965
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 13.3 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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Cornwell builds up terrific tension as the frightened Scarpetta tries to trace a psychopath engaging her in scary computer conversations. (THE TIMES)

Absorbing stuff, quite brilliantly demonstrated. Imitators now abound, but - pathologically speaking - nobody does it like Cornwell. (LITERARY REVIEW)

Urgent, zappy and efficent. (NEW WOMAN)

When she's on form, nobody is better than Cornwell at blending the details of leading-edge science and old-fashioned, blood-curdling horror. (EXPRESS ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The eighth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Exposure 5 Mar 2005
You could review this book, number eight in the Dr Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell, one of two ways.
On the one hand it is another good solid addition to the Scarpetta series of thrillers. It has all the usual ingredients, gory discoverings, Scarpetta's scientific examinations, a ruthless killer and the usual accompanying characters.
One the other hand it is another good solid addition to the Scarpetta series of thrillers that offers nothing new to what has gone before. Indeed some of the regular characters are becoming so changed from their original conception you really wonder if you want to carry on with the series. There's not enough of Pete Marino in this book for a start, niece Lucy is still an enormous pain in the neck and Benton Wesley seems to be becoming a needy wimp with his constant whinging to Scarpetta. Scarpetta herself is so driven at times she must be an absolute nightmare to work for.
What the series really needs is an insertion of some new blood, or at the very least the re-introduction of some the excellent minor characters we saw in previous offerings. Why can't sister Dorothy, who has only made one actual appearance in "The Body Farm", or even lawyer Nicholas Grueman who appeared in "Cruel and Unusual" reappear in some form or another to give the series a much needed injection of life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER KAY SCARPETTA MYSTERY... 1 Jan 2003
This is a somewhat interesting, Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery, replete with its usual attention to forensic detail, as well as a myriad of subplots, contributing to the tension that is tautly maintained throughout the book. Though not her best novel, this one still manages to entertain the reader.
Once again, Dr. Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner, finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, when the body of an elderly, dismembered woman is discovered in a Virginia landfill. Moreover, a mutated, high tech, small pox variant virus appears to be on the loose, and Dr. Scarpetta finds herself receiving taunting emails from the alleged killer, signing as "deadoc". Couple all this with an overly ambitious and unscrupulous law enforcement agent named Percy Ring who arrests an obviously innocent man for the elderly woman's death, and the reader has an intriguing mystery to unravel.
Homicide Detective Pete Marino is pivotal to the success of this book. His relationship and repartee with Dr. Scarpetta contribute to many of the book's highlights, and it is he who gives dimension to the book, as he is simply a wonderful, down to earth character. Dr. Scarpetta's relationship with FBI Agent Wesley Benton is less memorable, as he is on the periphery of the story, for the most part, though in the end he provides closure for the torch Dr. Scarpetta was carrying for her ex-lover, Mark.
The only real fly in the ointment, however, is the continued appearance of Dr. Scarpetta's niece, Lucy, who is an obnoxious character. In the real world, Lucy would not be allowed to hold the positions of responsibility that she does in the book, due to her compete immaturity. She is a loose cannon waitng to misfire at any moment. It flies in the face of her professionalism that Dr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as Usual 1 May 2002
Once again we meet Kay Scarpetta, Medical Examiner for Virginia. The murders keep coming. This time there is a connection between five dismembered bodies found in Ireland some time ago and four more in Virginia. Victim ten seems to be different, a copy cat killing, but then comes another body which announces that the killer has obtained the smallpox virus which could mean death to millions. And the murderer is speaking to Scarpetta, threatening her family and friends as well as her and challenging her to bring him or her to justice. These Scarpetta novels keep readers on their toes and although they stand alone it makes it easier to read them in sequence.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous ending - must try harder 31 May 2007
Right up to the end, this book is excellent - making the obvious allowance that Scarpetta just has to keep sticking her elegant nose into the police investigation and the police, for some unaccountable reason, don't tell her to shove off, as they certainly would in real life.

But the ending! I won't reveal the name of the villain, but it's almost as if the author got to about page 340 without having the slightest idea who the murderer was, and then picked the single most unlikely character in the entire book as the bad guy - or girl, in this case.

And this girl is a REALLY bad girl. She's infected her mother with smallpox that she stole two decades earlier from a laboratory in England, and has managed to keep viable in all that time. She then cut her mother into small pieces with an electric saw, after lopping her head off while she was still alive, and photographed the result. Then she filled atomiser sprays with smallpox virus and sent them out to selected victims. Oh, and shot to death an intruder along the way. But why? Why this catalogue of discriminate - and indiscriminate - assassination? Well, she didn't get the promotion she was hoping for and, as we all know, hell hath no fury like a woman who doesn't get the job she wants, so it all makes really good sense. It doesn't, of course. It makes no sense at all.
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A very good read thoroughly enjoyable. I think this has to be one of her best and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
She has lost the art of Kay Scarpetta a bit hope she gets it back in Dust. Not her finest work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I've read all of these books in hardcover but not in the right order, so I've gone back, repurchased in e format and oh I wish I'd left it. Read more
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Bought for my kindle, delivered swiftly and was.a great read, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Would recommend this to,others to buy.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. P. Howarth kip mcgrath
1.0 out of 5 stars Latest pc read
not up to Patricia Cornell's normal high standard of excitement would not recommend this book to my friends who use kindle
Published 7 months ago by Peter Greagsby
3.0 out of 5 stars Better in order
I seemed to be a little lost with this one as I read it out of sequence. Took a long time to get into the plot but got to the solution 2 pages before Dr Scarpetta
Published 7 months ago by Eugene F Pannett
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After trawling the charity shops for the next in the series of Patricia cornwall books, I decided to check out Amazon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Madeline Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted story
PC always keeps her writing taught even though the stories follow the same patterns as usual.Vertty entertaining and factually intriguing. Titus
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