Cause of Death

Cause of Death

Book - 1996
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"Full marks, as always, for the gripping forensic detail and beleagueredScarpetta's legendary toughness." Kirkus Reviews (starred review). Through six harrowing, expertly crafted crime novels, Patricia Cornwellhas earned an international following of passionate readers who are addicted toher singular blend of spellbinding storytelling, absorbing forensic detail, andcharacters who grow more complex and interesting with each book. NowCornwell submerges Dr. Kay Scarpetta in a labyrinthine case that wraps a webof danger around those closest to her and threatens to wreak fear and death farbeyond the confines of Virginia. New Year's Eve and the final murder scene of Virginia's bloodiest yearsince the Civil War takes Scarpetta thirty feet below the Elizabeth River's icysurface. A scuba diver, Ted Eddings, is dead, an investigative reporter who wasa favorite at the Medical Examiner's Office. Was Eddings probing the frigiddepths of the Inactive Ship Yard for a story, or simply diving for sunkentrinkets? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reportingthe death before the police were notified? With the advent of a second murder--this one hitting even closer to home--the case envelops Scarpetta, her neice Lucy, and police captain Pete Marino ina world where both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned detective workare critical offensive weapons. Together they follow the trail of death to a well ofviolence as dark and forbidding as the water that swirled over Ted Eddings. With Cause of Death, Patricia Cornwell brilliantly delivers thehigh-tension suspense that has secured her status as the best crime writer ofour time.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1996.
ISBN: 9780399141461
0399141464
Characteristics: 340 p.

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kathyforcats
Apr 10, 2014

Scarpetta is her usual whiny self in this book, always knowing how other people should live their lives. What an annoying aunt/employer/friend she would be!

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rahmmie
Mar 11, 2014

Fun and entertaining. As long as you're willing to throw credibility out the window and just enjoy the book for its entertainment value, you will have a good time

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AngelaSh
Jun 30, 2013

Really disapointed with the quality of the reading. The books themselves are great but the choice of reader and the production are not good, unfortunately.

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MoTiger
Jul 13, 2010

Fairly slow plot. I don't like the reader. She is too slow, not "spontaneous."

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