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Publisher's Summary

When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.

©1993 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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Not her best work

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator was pretty bad. She had two voices so all the characters ended up sounding like one of the two voices so it got a bit confusing at times. Also, while most of the story was interesting, if not slightly reminiscent of some of the authors other works, the big disappointment was the ending. It seemed like the author just got tired of writing and rushed the ending without tying everything up and showing how the different threads tied together.

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Exciting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend This book it was very exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was fantastice the charaters were very realistice and the book brought their human vulnerabilities

Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

I loved the character Benton

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read the next book. I just started reading her books and each one I read I have a new appreaciation for her writing and the characters in the book.

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Unusual is right

What can I say, all Cornwell's books read or listen well. The series is a great series and well worth the listen/read.

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Quick ending

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Slow start, fast finish. Characters lack development to make them real or at least so we imagine

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Total waste of time. Narrator is annoying beyond words

Contrived to the point of idiocy. Reinforced by the delivery of the narrator all of whom seem to have either a speech impediment or possibly mental impairment. I am disgusted with myself for reading three quarters of the book.

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cruel and unusual

fun story! interesting plot. zero suspense but good none the less. reading next in line

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The Narrator was distracting

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was but a struggle

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really. It was rather predictible and the end was flat

Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

Not at all.

Did Cruel and Unusual inspire you to do anything?

Check out the Narrator

Any additional comments?

I like Patricia Cornwell and was anxious to hear my first audiobook. Sadly, I was disappointed by the narration.

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Serendipity

Synchronicity. I was reading this book, about the execution of a black man in Virginia, when Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's botched execution hit the news. Kay Scarpetta, in the novel, solves the crime and saves the day. Where's my next Scarpetta book?

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Love the narrator

I really like C J Critt's narration. Each characters voice is distinctive. I'm sorry she hasn't narrated the entire series.

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It was just okay

This book didn’t seem like a murder mystery to me. I wasn’t engaged or really interested in who killed who. It read more like how everyone was working to save Scarpetta’s job (again…). The best part of the book was actually the last few minutes of the story, and it appears to setup some great recurring characters. I liked the attorney Scarpetta worked with – he was a great uninterested third party to lay out some of the storyline for the reader.

My two biggest issues with the book are that Lucy is a very unlikable character and it seems every case puts Scarpetta’s job in jeopardy. Lucy is a very selfish person and wants to have the world her way. I wouldn’t have put up with the stuff Scarpetta put up with on this one. If this were real life, she probably would have already been fired because it seems like each book she must deal with suspicion of her competency and suspicion of her office doing something wrong. It is getting to be a very tiresome side plot.