Trace

Trace

Book - 2004
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Penguin Putnam
The heart-stopping new Dr. Kay Scarpetta thriller from America's #1-bestselling crime writer.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to her old haunts in Richmond, Virginia, only to encounter a host of baffling and unwelcome surprises as she investigates the death of a fourteen-year-old girl.

Blackwell North Amer
Now freelancing from South Florida, Scarpetta returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. She travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help. When she arrives, however, she finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab seems neither as organized nor as well run as it once was; the inept current chief is driven by an agenda he will not reveal; her former assistant chief has developed personal problems he won't discuss; and a glamorous FBI agent whom Marino instantly dislikes begins meddling in the case.
Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy because they are embroiled in what at first appears to be an unrelated attack by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with solving the death of a fourteen-year-old girl despite the smallest pieces of evidence - traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. It's up to Scarpetta to follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak - and reveal the sad truth that may be more than she can bear.

Baker
& Taylor

Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to her old haunts in Richmond, Virginia, only to encounter a host of baffling and unwelcome surprises--including an inept ME, a medling FBI agent, and a secretive former colleague--as she investigates the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. 1,500,000 first printing. BOMC, Lit Guild, Doubleday, & Mystery Guild Main.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2004
ISBN: 9780399152191
0399152199
Branch Call Number: M CORNWELL
M CORNWELL
Characteristics: 435 p

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natalie516
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

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gardening_girl
Sep 28, 2010

Good read with a few gruesome bits.

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Cabby
Nov 05, 2007

I love this author.

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