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Best-selling thriller-diller on audio
The gang's all here in Patricia Cornwell's latest, Scarpetta, read by the estimable Kate Reading. Cornwell's leading lady, the eponymous forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta, is a bigger deal than ever. Finally married to her longtime forensic psychologist lover, she's a TV celebrity, has a big job near Boston and is a consultant to the N.Y.P.D. Her rough-tough former colleague, who shattered their long friendship in an outburst of drunken, pent-up lust, is back too, as well as her beyond-brilliant, pistol-packing niece, Lucy, running a cutting-edge forensic computer company in New York (wow, lots of "forensics"!). Called to New York on New Year's Eve at the request of a suspect, an elegantly turned-out dwarf with a touch of paranoia and an obsession with Kay, who will not talk to anyone else about his girlfriend's murder, Scarpetta finds herself not only thrust into a bizarre murder case, but also at the center of a very nasty and personal attack by Gotham Gotcha, a cyber-gossip column that pulls a gazillion hits. Cornwell manages to pull lots of disparate threads together while ramping up the chills and thrills. Will they nab the perp? Take a guess.