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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within - and someone wants her dead.

©1990 Patricia Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Devilishly clever." ( Sunday Times)

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Very good

Had to stick with it for the first hour or so! Very glad I did. Very good story. Excellent narrator.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I could be hooked on these!

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OK but not much of a plot.

I am amazed this series went on to sell millions. It is full of cardboard characters and has a tissue thin plot line.

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Won't bother again

I can't understand how Patricia Cornwall has achieved such success. Nothing gripped me in this novel suffice to say I can't even recall most of it.
A different narrator may have improved things a tad as I found Lorelei's monotone drawl nothing short of irritating.

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Sadly DNF as I found the narration slow and irritating. The plot/story wasn't much better. Will be returned to Audible.

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Exceptionally good audio book. Great story line.

Once I got into the Flow of it, couldn't put it down. Good book.

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Great book, not sure about parts of the narration

I read this (and many of the others in the series) years ago when it first came out, and thought I would revisit it in audio form. Still an excellent book, but I am not sure about the narrator here. I did find some of the voices that Lorelei King uses in the narration a little grating, especially that of Marino and Lucy. Still very enjoyable though and I would recommend it.

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Chillingly good

Exceptional, not only is this a well crafted, imaginative piece of suspense but a fascinating insight into the real world of forensic pathology. I also appreciated the way Patricia Cornwell depicts the chauvinism of the time. She highlights sexist nuances that are generally overlooked, not always obvious but a gentle drip, drip that only women are used to. Hopefully male readers will see what I mean and be surprised, as it really is an invisible but constant presence in our lives. (Getting better over time).
The narration is great, reminds me of Kathleen Turner's VI Warshawski, soft hypnotic American in stark contrast to the brutal storyline.
This isn't for the faint hearted but it is thrilling so worth trying if you're unsure. I'm delighted to have found such a brilliant author amidst all the mediocrity.

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Very nice book and perfect interpretation

Suspense up until the end and the narrator changes voices for every single character, she is impressive!

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Post mortem

Love these books first time listening but enjoyed it looking forward to the next book

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intriguing murder story

This is the first time I've read Patricia Cornwell and I plan to read more. A bit remeniscent if some if the Bones books and some of the writing is 'of its time', but it kept me gripped until the end. Lorelei King is great narrator.

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thrilling

great story. well narrated . I thought it was someone else doing the murders so was shocked at the end