Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta's 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 inside the cooler.
When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, Scarpetta realizes that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out...
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About 75% of the book is dedicated to the main character feeling sorry for herself. So I spent about 75% of the listening time shouting at her to get on with the story. Really boring and not worth considering - unless you like listening to people feeling sorry for themselves. Whatever happened to the 'old' Patricia Cornwell.
From book review thought Cornwell would get back to her early styles....she hasn't....very disappointed...story lacking her old panache. Book is just a moneyspinner...So many other great authors of the same genre...chose another author such as Karin Slaughter.
Even the liberal use of pointless acronyms cannot disguise the fact that this is a poor novel. The crime based plot is weak and appears hurried into the last 10% of the book, the first 90% having been dominated by the relentless self-pity of the main character.
This is not at all like Cornwell?s earlier books in the series, which on the whole, I really enjoyed. You end up disliking the main character very early on, and finishing the book becomes more of a chore than a pleasure.
the plot is complicated and secondary to the continual moaning of the characters. I really don't know why patricia cornwall doesn't just kill them all off in a fire ball - the constant introspection is tedious. They really don't like each other and the constant distrust and second guessing is generally very depressing.
Not sure why it says I've been a member since 2015! I've been a member for several years
A bit too complicated for it's own good I thought but not a bad read / listen
I used to be a huge Cornwell fan, but I feel that I completely wasted my money buying this book, and then wasted my time listening to it.
I was relieved when it was over, more fun having my teeth pulled
No proper plot
Really hard work
Still not sure of the outcome of the 'story'
Having listened to almost the entire Scarpetta series I was beginning to think that Patricia Cornwell had lost her way a bit. I found the last few books, whilst still enjoyable, just getting a little daft in places. Port Mortuary is a book more akin to the earlier works and all the better for it.
I was looking forward to listening this book - I have tried several; times but the narrators voice is just too irritating. Wish they would re-record this book!!!!
I enjoyed this book but sometimes the story did tend to woffle on about nothing. The narrator was good and so was the plot. If you like Patricia Cornwell you will really enjoy this book
"Gave me a headache"
Recited in such a grim expressionless monotone it's hard to tell if there's a worthwhile book in there.
First chapter sounded like a lot of acronyms and internal politics.
Couldn't take any more after that.
"A very good listen!"
Yes, I would. I mostly tend to listen to the books I buy more than once since I often miss a lot first time round. Leave it for a few months and it's like a new book again.
The plot, like all Scarpetta novels, was great.
She reads very well and I like her entire rendition.
I remember most of them but mostly the bad guys seem to hang around in a person's memory.
If anything, it was too short. I love long books with interesting and cunning plots and lots of twists and turns.
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