Trace: Scarpetta (book 13)

Paperback | July 3, 2012

byPatricia Cornwell

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Richmond, Virginia’s recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta’s 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 Scarpetta 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…

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHORDr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Richmond, Virginia’s recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta’s help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that not...

Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into over thirty-five languages in more than 120 countries. She is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Sciences and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Scien...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780425250310

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great I had heard good things about this author and so picked one of her titles at random and was disappointed. Too many loose ends. What's up with Dave? Why did he leave Kay high and dry and what was his secret? What happened to the chief ME? So many questions unanswered. Felt incomplete. Won't be reading her again.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TRUCE An easy read. Enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trace Pretty good read... but the ending sneaks up on you and there's no real big finale it just happens and it's short. Obviously, I was disappointed by how the book ends... and am left having with what happened with Henri.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trace Another interesting Scarpetta that Cornwell wrote in the third person.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trace Above average for a Scarpetta novel.
Date published: 2013-04-17

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“Scarpetta…is back with a vengeance.”—The New York Times Book Review “Cornwell gets her Hitchcock on...[She] can generate willies with subtle poetic turns.”—People“Fun [and] flamboyant.”—Entertainment Weekly“Trace is rich and satisfying, with Cornwell sprinkling a trail of tantalizing bread crumbs for the Scarpetta faithful, who are always hungry for the next installment.”—The Associated Press “Cornwell’s latest is hard to put down…Trace is solid and tightly paced, which should appeal to her legions of fans.”—BookPage