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In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning-- except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Centre's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie.
Publisher: New York, New York :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062436733
Characteristics: 546 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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Nov 15, 2020

I need to learn to give up on Patricia Cornwell!!! Her 1989 book Postmortem was terrific - a total page turner. Ever since she changed from coroner to her involvement with conspiracies and this time drones, the books have been dreadful. I quit. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 22, 2019

I've enjoyed all of Cornwell's books, but not this one. The story was pain-stakingly slow. The level of unnecessary detail and the repetition of information made me wish halfway through the book that it would be over soon. This story could have easily been told with 70% of what's presented. The other 30% was really mind-numbing.

Dec 27, 2017

Funny how all the Critics liked this book. I had to finally go to audio books when it came to a Patricia Cornwell book, I could not finish the last few books because of all the unnecessary filler that made the book drag on, at least with audio books I can forward thru the boring parts (and there were alot of those) and not get lost if I went too far and needed to back up. In one audio book of hers ,I forwarded thru almost 4 cd's total without missing any of the story. Take out the parts we all know about, Lucy being gay, all of Marino stuff unless his character changes, he brings so much negativity to the story that has no purpose, besides if this was to be believeable , she would not be working with him after all he has done to her. So my advice is go with the audio book if you read P. Cornwell.

macika Aug 15, 2017

The first book I have read from her. It is well written, but, yes too much detail can be a bad thing. I found it slow moving and never felt the adrenalin really start pumping....but you have to give her the credit for giving us some next gen. technology info.

Jul 14, 2017

200 pages before KS finally gets to see the body? Ms Cornwell has used up these characters and it is time for some new ones. The first 4 or 5 Scarpetta novels were really good but then began a slide into to being overwrought and to much personal drama. Marino, who started out a good side kick, has deteriorated into a testosterone addled moron and yes, we know Lucy is gay and it's ok, so can you dwell on something else now? I think I have read my last Scarpetta novel and I hope Ms Cornwell turns her considerable talents to some new, believable, characters in new places.

Jun 10, 2017

Disappointing. Marino needs to retire. First time I didn't enjoy reading this author.

Apr 09, 2017

Not at all the Patricia Cornwell that once enthralled me. Boring to the point of not being able to make it past 40-50 pages without deciding it was a waste of my time. No likable characters, but there really have never been any. Marino should have been killed off at least seven books ago, because never has there been a more genuinely unlikable character. His character has ruined the last several books for me. Curious how a 'feminist' author devotes so much ink to a would-be rapist and bully. More curious as to why Scarpetta coddles him after his attempted rape of her. Makes zero sense.

If you like the Scarpetta series, re-read the first 20 or so. Since then, a really big yawn. Two so far (this and the bone garden) that I just couldn't even get past 50 pages without tossing aside. Dust was the last one that actually was somewhat interesting.

And sooo much ink devoted to inconsequential details. I personally don't care about their uppity wine choices and constant flaunting of their wealth, without using any of that wealth to do anything of value for anybody but themselves.

Lara Allison Jones
Mar 15, 2017

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz So much describing of the apparel and surroundings. So. Much.

Mar 09, 2017

I agree with last Comment - way too wordy, not as good as her prevous novels.

Mar 08, 2017

I have to agree with the previous comments.. Could barely get through all the tedious descriptions of EVERYTHING! Loved her early novels with Scarpetta in Richmond. Haven't enjoyed last few..

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