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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 26 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006IU6IW
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I'm not even going to bother trying to give a plot summary because it's hardly worth the effort. Yes, there's a disturbing murder of a 14-year-old girl, but it hardly counts for anything in this book. Instead we have the usual Lucy angst because her lover, Henri (Henrietta), was attacked and won't talk to her. We also have Scarpetta angst because Benton Wesley faked his death for years and didn't tell her. Wesley has angst as well because he's still keeping secrets from Scarpetta and Lucy. And why are Wesley and Lucy keeping the fact that Henri was attacked such a big secret from Scarpetta? Why don't these people just TALK to each other? Since they keep getting interrupted on the phone, then maybe they could try emailing each other.
Oh yeah, there's also Marino angst, with his long time crush on Scarpetta and a really bizarre "rough sex" scene involving him and the mother of the victim.
As usual, even though Scarpetta is a respected expert in forensic analysis, the bureaucrats are out to get her. She is summoned to her old ME office in Virginia to work on the case involving the 14-year-old girl and faces overt hostility by Dr. Joel Marcus, her successor. He calls her in to help with the case but doesn't even have the grace to pretend he's happy to have her there. Of course, the office has become a shambles under his direction-- but nobody seems to care that the man hired to replace the brilliant Scarpetta is incompetent.Read more ›
We know that there are certain things we are going to get when Cornwell writes one of these novels and "Trace" provides them. First, there is going to be some political hack who is out to get Scarpetta who is not going to get his comeuppance. I gave up years ago on this every happening, although time and time again somebody goes gunning for Scarpetta unfairly without ever having to pay a price. This time it is Dr. Joel Marcus, the idiot who was eventually hired as the chief medical examiner of Virginia to replace our heroine. Apparently having created the best ME office in the continental United States they decided to find the least qualified person to run it. But by the time Marcus gets to gleefully accuse the great Kay Scarpetta of incompetence he is disappearing quickly in her review mirror. Add to this that going back to her old stomping grounds in Richmond is no where close to being a happy homecoming either.
Second, Lucy is once again involved with somebody with whom she should not be involved.Read more ›
Don't waste your time or money on this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was written from a different perspective. It jumped around a lot and was hard to follow. The ending wasn't wrapped up very nicely, didn't flow very smoothly. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thirteenth in the Kay Scarpetta forensic mystery series and revolving around a freelance forensic pathologist. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathy Davie
A fill-in-the-blanks setting and character of killer. Not up to Patricia Cornwall's BLACK NOTICE or her review of Jack the Ripper.Published 1 month ago by Texas Gal
Really enjoyed this book just ike all the others. I like to read the reviews and it appears that there is someone that likes to tear each book apart. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Terry
Very disappointed. Written in the third person, with the story bouncing all over the place.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rereading the entire series because I have read them all and still can't get enough!Published 2 months ago by Kris Mattson
about half-way through, I asked my husband if he had ever read a book that didn't have ANY likable main characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Howard French
If you are familiar with Scarpetta the character development is complete. Each book gives you something more of Scarpetta and her relationships. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dee