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The Scarpetta Factor (Unabridged)

by Patricia Cornwell

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It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatrist patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package - possibly a bomb - waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionaires with whom Lucy seems to have shared a secret past. Scarpetta's CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called The Scarpetta Factor. Given the bizarre events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a "special factor", a mythical ability to solve all her cases. She wonders if she will end up like other TV personalities: her own stereotype. The Scarpetta Factor, the 17th in the series, finds the familiar cast of characters together again in New York. Marino is working for the NYPD; Benton Wesley uses his forensic psychological expertise at Kirby and Bellevue; and Lucy continues to dazzle with her expertise in forensic computer investigations as she works yet another case with New York prosecutor Jaime Berger.

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The Scarpetta Factor (Unabridged)

I think the book has some subject merit; however that said the reader did a very poor job reading in the male voice. It was very difficult to tell which character was talking if they were male. The book deals in much minutia that in my opinion could have been cut by one third with no loss in content or meaning. One chapter in particular where Kay Scarpetta completely changes character and goes into a complete rant for 30 minutes, literally, is just too much to listen to. It’s not something a male could stand for more than 5 minutes. Perhaps this is book for Women only.

not just for women

The previous review was right on the money, and I am female. This is the first of many, many audiobooks that I absolutely could not finish. Not just the narrator, but the content just keeps going on and on. I hope you don't waste your momey.

A waste of time and money

This book drags on forever, I had a hard time finishing. It was very disappointing.

Patricia Cornwell, The Scarpetta Factor (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Kate Reading
  • Published: 2009
  • Category: Mystery
  • Provider: Penguin Audio
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