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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-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 Center'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. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta's conclusions, the threatening messages don't stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa's death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley. She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta's surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can't explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief's judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410493248
Characteristics: 591 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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.

Apr 23, 2017

Not at all up to her standards......Way too wordy.....I skipped many paragraphs, but finally made it through to the end..... Not worth the effort to read.

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.

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..

Mar 04, 2017

I have been hooked on Kathy Scarpetta novels since I picked up "Postmortem" in the mid-90's. Sometimes I miss the earlier books when Kay lived in Richmond and would be working to tie a string of murders together, but if she were still that Kay she would not have grown as a character.

The older, successful and mature Kay does have more on her mind. She has a reason to be paranoid about what people like Benton, Lucy and Marino are not telling her. They have done it before. . .

I believe Patricia Cornwell is still going strong. May Dr. Scarpetta have many more cases to solve so that we can read about her for years to come.

Feb 21, 2017

First and probably last book I'll read by Cornwell. Eventually only read quotations to skip over boring details and descriptions. Agree with all reviewers' negative comments!

Jan 03, 2017

As with the last few offerings from Ms Cornwell, Chaos provides the same old formula of Scarpetta being terribly busy, with a terrible headache facing the prospect of terrible actions by an as yet unknown person and having the same old dramas with her neice, husband and colleagues. Some prudent editing would help a lot as the book only gets gripping in the last few chapters.

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