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Trace

by Patricia Cornwell

Penguin Publishing Group | July 3, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Trace is rated 1.8 out of 5 by 5.
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…

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425250318

ISBN - 13: 9780425250310

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

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 1 out of 5 by from trace dissappointing
Date published: 2006-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I found this book lacking in its originality and intrigue as compared to Cornwells previous novels. The plot was more of a sideboard it was not compelling and not developed properly. The novel spends most of its time delving into the characters and not very well at that. There was no climatic point in the book. I waited and waited for the big showdown instead I got a very blunt ending that left you wondering why you bothered to start reading the book in the first place. I do not recommend this book and I wish I had read some reviews before I bought it in hardcopy.
Date published: 2005-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing For a Cornwell novel, I was really disappointed in the read I got out of this book. I love Kay Scarpetta novels and have always enjoyed reading them over and over again. I could not belive the soft ending and really soft read all the way through. The back of the book is more interesting than the whole book combined. I have read almost every Cornwell novel and by far this is the worse one I have ever come across. I don't know if I'll read the next one. This book was a waste of my time and money.
Date published: 2005-07-12

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Trace

Trace

by Patricia Cornwell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425250318

ISBN - 13: 9780425250310

From the Publisher

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…

About the Author

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 Sciences Training Program at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. In 2008, Cornwell won the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Book Direct Crime Thriller of the Year—the first American to win this prestigious award. In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Her most recent bestsellers include Port Mortuary, The Scarpetta Factor, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

Editorial Reviews

“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