Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2005
CD ISBN 0143058266 $39.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN $27.97
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2005
CS ISBN 1415907587 $63.00 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 141592547X $81.00 Nine CDs
Kay Scarpetta, renowned criminal investigator with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, hunts another serial murderer. Basil Jenrette, imprisoned serial killer and research subject, is somehow connected. Kate Reading's narration is good; she is particularly adept at depicting the therapist's calm, controlled voice, then switching to the anger and belligerence of Moreno, former city cop. Scarpetta fans may be disappointed that her focus in this novel is forensics of the dysfunctional , rather than murder and investigative work, and that the story's ending is illogical. Some parts of the story are overly gruesome, as well. Even excellent narration and characterization can't salvage this poorly plotted mystery. One expects better from Cornwell. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 06]
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