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Summary

New Year's Eve, and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest year takes Scarpetta 30 feet below the Elizabeth River's icy surface. A diver is dead.

Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter who was a favourite at the Medical Examiner's office. Was Eddings probing the frigid depths for a story or simply diving for sunken trinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call reporting the death before the police were notified?

©1996 Patricia Daniels Cornwell (P)2002 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction." ( The Times)
"Patricia Cornwell is one of the best crime writers writing today. She is precise, she is careful, above all, she is original." ( Guardian)
"Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime." ( Daily Express)

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Good story, but issues with sound in the last chapter

A typical Kay Scarpetta story, easy listening and enjoyable. However, right at the crux the audio is not great which spoils the ending a bit.

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Kay was a bit flat

Enjoyable however lacking in the storyline I prefer more drama and more time in the morgue. Cornwall has definitely written better.

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Not the best Scarpetta story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The storyline needed to be stronger. I was a little bit bored

What will your next listen be?

The Handmaid's Tale

What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s voice?

Fits Scarpetta well

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, I won't be listening to it again.