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"The new Kay Scarpetta novel . . . . After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike. A preliminary examination in the sea of red mud where the body has been left also reveals a bizarre residue that fluoresces blood red, emerald green and sapphire blue. Physical evidence links the case to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C., where Scarpetta's FBI husband has been deployed to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Capital Murderer. The cases all connect and yet seem to conflict. Gail Shipman was murdered for financial gain-or was she? It will require the usual ensemble of characters to find out the truth, including Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, who has undergone a drastic change in his life that places him center stage in a Cambridge investigation that puts everyone at risk" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group USA, 2013.
New York, New York : Putnam Adult, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399157578
Characteristics: 495 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 21, 2017

Found this book a waste of time. Enjoyed earlier ones and was very disappointed in this one. Barely read about a third of each before giving up. So much padding, one has to believe that the writer is getting paid by the word. On and on about what her husband is doing and why he is doing it. One third through the book and all i learnt was that a body had been found and it was covered in some sort of glitter dust and very little else. I started skipping paragraphs and then whole pages and finally the rest of the book. Won't bother with any more of her books.

Jul 03, 2016

So far fetched and ridiculous. "Oh yeah, my niece is rich and has a super high tech helicopter and can pretty much do whatever she wants." Not a spoiler, you find this out very early on. I didn't even make it a quarter of the way through.

Aug 09, 2015

Once again Kay is being a martyr and trying to rationalize her husband's seeming indifference towards her. It took almost 200 pages to get to "the heart of the matter." Once it did it was a page turner.

Apr 18, 2015

It was well written and for a change the book was not all about the inner musings of Dr. Scarpetta. Unfortunately, the plot was extremely thin

Oct 12, 2014

I did enjoy the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, but I find the latest ones are not worth the time it takes to read them. This one is at least 75% Kay's problems with other people and maybe at the most 25% of solving the actual crimes. If you want something to read and this book is free and all that is available then read it. If you are new to Patricia Cornwell's book read her early novels and you will enjoy them. Forget about the latter ones.

Apr 27, 2014

I agree with Markvill1 , poor little Scarpetta, people are always hurting her feelings, as always some bigwig in their close circle is involved in the crime, this time Benton's boss. I have read all the books in the series. I miss the earlier novels. As always, I find myself irritated with Scarpetta. Once again, I tell myself I am not going to read the next one.

Apr 21, 2014

Finished the book last night. Quite enjoyed it but found it very long. Was disappointed in the ending. I must have missed something because I could not find an explaination why Ed Granby was covering up Benton's findings.

JCLJenniferM Mar 18, 2014

Cornwell is back to original form with her latest Scarpetta novels. For all of us who read series, we love them for their characters. Scarpetta, Marino, Benton and Lucy face their usual trials and we learn more about their demons and drive. Recommended for fans!

Feb 25, 2014

I gave it a four but really meant 2.

Jan 23, 2014

I usually enjoy Patricia Cornwell's novels, but this particular one seemed to drag on. Her use of technicaly terms made reading dry. Benton REALLY needs to either retire and take a very long vacation. It's very obvious he's getting burned out.

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