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Trace (2004)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: Kay Scarpetta (13)

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When Dr. Kay Scarpetta, freelancing from South Florida, returns to Richmond, Virginia, at the request of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a crime, she finds that nothing is as she left it: her former lab is being demolished; the chief isn't really the one who requested her; her former assistant chief has personal problems that he refuses to reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case. Without the assistance of her colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are busy in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta must solve the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. All she has to go by are the smallest pieces of evidence and twisting leads and details that will reveal the sad truth that might be more that she can bear.… (more)
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One of the better Scarpetta novels I have read. ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
Still using the slightly more distant writing style that seemed to be adopted a few books ago in this series, KS and PM ahead to Richmond at the request of the current ME to look into a tricky case. Lucy continues to make poor choices, and those have some consequences that feature heavily in this instalment. She’s lucky to have the continued support of Rudy, but for how much longer? ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
This book wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. The Last Precinct was a better read. There wasn't much action in this one, the characters weren't fleshed out very well at all, and the capture of the bad guy was very, very anti-climactic. I didn't even care much for Scarpetta in this book; her niece Lucy seemed to be a self-absorbed rich b***h; I don't know why she put certain characters in with others (she has Benton in Aspen "babysitting" Lucy's employee, who was attacked in Lucy's home). There is no resolution of a feud between Scarpetta and Virginia's new chief medical examiner, and really no hint that this will be re-visited in a future book (maybe she resolves it in another novel, I haven't heard). This book was quite a let down all the way around. ( )
  Deb.Evanson | Aug 30, 2019 |
This was not Cornwell's best work. It was very interesting with Dr. Kay Scarpetta as usual, but she returned to Richmond to help with a case but is not very welcome there. She doesn't get much information and I'm really surprised she stayed but when she did the autopsy. she realized the poor young girl was murdered and Dr. Scarpetta will not stop until she finds the murderer. But toward the end after the big build up, the end just felt rushed and thrown together. Like she needed to finish things before a deadline. Give us some credit and follow through with a more thorough ending. ( )
  LilQuebe | Aug 5, 2019 |
This book too so long to develop into a reasonable mystery. Not at all one of the author’s best efforts. Good thing I got it at a library used book sale for only a couple bucks. ( )
  highlander6022 | Dec 22, 2018 |
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Kay Scarpetta regresa a la clínica forense de Richmond (Virginia) -que fuera durante años su centro de trabajo- para participar en la investigación de la muerte de una adolescente. Gilly Paulsson fue hallada muerta en su cama sin aparentes signos de violencia; no obstante, el hecho de que la autopsia se esté posponiendo más de lo previsto y que el FBI esté interesado en conocer los resultados de la misma despierta el recelo de la forense. Benton Wesley, desde su refugio en Aspen, confirma las sospechas de Scarpetta cuando le recomienda cautela, pues ha dado con información extraoficial que insinúa que el caso Paulsson podría estar siendo utilizado como tapadera.

Scarpetta, ayudada por Pete Marino, intentará dilucidar qué hay de verdad en todo ello, a la vez que se enfrentará a la hostilidad con que la trata Joel Marcus, el forense jefe que la sustituyó en su cargo, descontento con el regreso dela reputada doctora.

Mientras tanto, Lucy y Benton tratan de encontrar a la persona que atacó a Henri cuando ésta se alojaba en casa de la primera.

Además de revelar la dirección que tomarán una y otra investigación, Patricia Cornwell narra la emocionante vuelta de Scarpetta a la institución a la que hizo célebre y de la que fue injustamente despedida.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cornwell, Patriciaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amoroso, LisaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dewey, AmandaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufner, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harper, WalterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ligterink, YolandeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shulgin, Irene M.Author photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To Ruth and Billy Graham. I know no others like you, and I love you.
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Yellow bulldozers hack earth and stone in an old city block that has seen more death than most modern wars, and Kay Scarpetta slows her rental SUV almost to a stop.
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When Dr. Kay Scarpetta, freelancing from South Florida, returns to Richmond, Virginia, at the request of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a crime, she finds that nothing is as she left it: her former lab is being demolished; the chief isn't really the one who requested her; her former assistant chief has personal problems that he refuses to reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case. Without the assistance of her colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are busy in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta must solve the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. All she has to go by are the smallest pieces of evidence and twisting leads and details that will reveal the sad truth that might be more that she can bear.

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