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Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. In Trace, Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Marino dislikes instantly, meddles with the case. Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are embroiled in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen-year-old girl, working with the smallest pieces of evidence -- traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak -- and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear.
Publisher: [New York] : Berkley, 2007.
ISBN: 9781429527149
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 03, 2015

I had a very difficult time with this book, and to be honest I only read the first two chapters.

I found that it was too disjointed as there were too many jumps in plot with little direction or flow. Maybe it's different for the eBook version, but that was my experience.

I used to read her a ton when I was younger and wanted to try one of her newer books. Maybe I will look for a different book that isn't a Scarpetta series and see if I fair better.

Krajzel Mar 05, 2012

Ah, Patricia Cornwell, what an author! This book was a little off key for Ms. Cornwell, at first the reader was confused with all of the characters. You were just trying to figure out one person when the next chapter was of a completely different person with no logical way to connect the dots. In the end, one works hard to figure out what is going on and why. Interesting plot, but just not believable.

bdemian Dec 10, 2011

unwieldly plot; thin characterizations; and poorly edited. cornwell's use of repetition might be an intentional device, but it's merely annoying

Sep 28, 2010

Good read with a few gruesome bits.

Nov 05, 2007

I love this author.

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