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S of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who reuested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent whom Scarpetta dislikes instantly meddles with the caseDeprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy who are embroiled in what appears to be an unrelated attempted Throw some sexual deviation and a few murders in there and I guess you'll have something that can sell even if it's not worth writing The killer this time is Edgar Allan Pogue tragically child like suffering from familial trauma like a thousand other postmodern murderers Cornwell's insistence on present tense narrative is grating and the ridiculous self gratification of her main protagonist always being right and slighted anyway is done without humility or charm The book is as bleak as a chalk outline on a sidewalk but self indulgent

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Rape by a stalker Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen year old girl working with the smallest pieces of evidence traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak and to reveal the sad truth that may be than even she can be Kay Scarpetta #13 The now freelance team of The Last Precinct sees the series continue to be in a better position This volume sees the team investigating a serial killer who's primary target is one of the team 5 out of 12

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Dr Kay Scarpetta now freelancing from South Florida returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago Richmond Virginia's recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta's help to solve a perplexing crime When she arrives however Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected Her former lab is in the final stage This is the book I would say where the characters complete their transformation from interesting people with issues you can relate to to characters who are doing things that are so screwed up you don't even want to watch any And now I remember why I stopped reading this series


About the Author: Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel Postmortem in while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond Virginia Postmortem was the first bona fide forensic thriller It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film television and literature Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar Creasey Anthony.



10 thoughts on “Trace by Patricia Cornwell

  1. says:

    Book Review 35 of 5 stars to Trace the 13th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller series written in 2004 by Patricia Cornwell Trace is midway in the series which has about 25 books as of 2017 when I'm finally writing this review I'm trying to catch up on all my favorite series finish writing reviews and then read the latest books which are still in my TBR pileTrace is a solid story as we come to expect from Cornwell but it has a few issues too It's a very emotional book not only because it's focus starts with a 14 year old girl's death but also because Scarpetta has just come back from Florida where she basically ran off to for a break When she's back in Virginia she's suddenly faced with being pulled back into her old routine having to help the new ME figure out what happened in this crime Scarpetta is also working again with her former right hand man but something is different about him She even suspects he may be the killer this time; and he's got some interesting attitude issues towards his former boss Plus Scarpetta is on her own sans Lucy and Benton who are busy elsewhereIn some respects we're back to basics with this book as she tries to solve the crime on her own fighting with her colleagues the whole way But she's also a different person and her instincts aren't as fine tuned as usual It's a game changing book which ultimately sets the directional change in the series enough to re boot it a bit But the mystery itself is still uite diabolical I wouldn't start with this book if you are new to the series but if you're a big fan it's worth the read to see all the changes going on in her world About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creatorspolldaddy poll9729544


  2. says:

    This is the book I would say where the characters complete their transformation from interesting people with issues you can relate to to characters who are doing things that are so screwed up you don't even want to watch any And now I remember why I stopped reading this series


  3. says:

    Although I'm a big fan of Cornwell's Scarpetta series I had great trouble getting into this bookScarpetta goes back to Richmond after 5 years to help solve the case of a young girl found dead in her bed She is called by the new Medical Examiner who reveals himself to be a less than competent man with a few skeletons in his closet At the same time Benton is in Aspen trying to help a member of Lucy's team who was attacked in Lucy's house having had to cancel the vacation plans he had with ScarpettaI think my main problem with this book is one that I have been feeling in the last books I read in this series What I enjoyed the most was Kay's observations about life and people her private life details like cooking or choosing the right wine it gave the books a sort of an intimist feeling that I enjoyed very much unfortunately that is absent hereThen I never uite understood about the new medical Examiner Dr Joel Marcus what's his agenda what is he hiding? There's some build up regarding his character in the beginning but then nothing And Lucy keeps getting into to trouble and trustingloving the wrong people I have some trouble believing someone as smart as her that has already been burned once by a sociopath lover would fall for that again And asking Benton to solve her problems for her I'm a bit annoyed with the Benton character he is supposedly in love with Kay but he has pretended to be dead for a number of years leaving her to mourn and now he cancels a vacation to spend his time trying to help someone less than worthy it seems everyone is important except for ScarpettaAnd the mystery about who was behind those deaths was a bit lost in the middle of all this I never did understand the murder's motivation and there were too many loose ends that seemed to be important and were never tied up at the end A C


  4. says:

    What is up with Patricia Cornwell? Her last book Blow Fly sucked and this was not much better Same problems as the last huge unexplained plot holes third person perspective undeveloped minor characters And what's worse the last book ended with a cliff hanger that she ignored in this one and she just started a different track Very Irritating Her books used to be really tight with no holes everything wrapped up nice and neat and she always continued the story line until the bad guy was dead After the last one I said I was done with this author but then I got sick and needed something easy and diverting to read in bed but it still pissed me off I hope she gets back on her game because she's not even good enough for a sick day any


  5. says:

    Throw some sexual deviation and a few murders in there and I guess you'll have something that can sell even if it's not worth writing The killer this time is Edgar Allan Pogue tragically child like suffering from familial trauma like a thousand other postmodern murderers Cornwell's insistence on present tense narrative is grating and the ridiculous self gratification of her main protagonist always being right and slighted anyway is done without humility or charm The book is as bleak as a chalk outline on a sidewalk but self indulgent


  6. says:

    First read March 2006Re Read July August 2017The plot Cornwell weaves two separate plots together in Trace The first is from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta as she is called back to her old office in Virginia to help out on a case that the current chief medical examiner doesn't want to deal with A fourteen year old girl named Gilly Paulsson is found dead in her bed with no obvious signs for the cause of deathThe second plot is from the perspective of Kay's niece Lucy who has called Benton to help with an attack that occurred at her home where her work colleaguelover Henri was assaulted by an intruderI really enjoyed re reading Trace The third personpresent tense style of writing was a little disconcerting at first but I uickly got used to it and began to enjoy the story I liked the way the plotlines tied together and I still really enjoy reading about the lives of Kay Scarpetta Benton Lucy and Marino and everything they go throughRating 45 stars


  7. says:

    I love the Scarpetta character which is based on a real medical examiner Generally Cornwell produces the Scarpetta books with taut and compelling writing But in this novel the characters have become caricatures of themselves Marino is unpleasant than usual As a former detective he is a useful foil and clearly in love with the lovely Kay Scarpetta but became unacceptably irascible and unlikable in this bookI know authors can't hit a home run with every book especially in a long running series with a character most readers probably think they actually know But this book wasn't even a dribbling in field singleIf this had been the first book I read by Cornwell it would also be the last


  8. says:

    OH MY GOD PLEASE STOP BOOHOOING ABOUT YOURSELF The entire tone of this book was just so pity party that I couldn't even finish it I had to put it down about a third of the way through Where did the strong woman who valued her mind and knew her capabilities go? I understand character developement but why must the protagonist be such a WIMP?


  9. says:

    Kay Scarpetta #13 The now freelance team of The Last Precinct sees the series continue to be in a better position This volume sees the team investigating a serial killer who's primary target is one of the team 5 out of 12


  10. says:

    I just don't know This is the second Scarpetta book I have read admittedly out of order and there's something I'm just not gettingThis one begins promisingly enough with Kay and detective Pete Marino heading back to Virginia to help solve the mysterious death of a 14 year old girl We meet some creepy people the new chief medical examiner for one and our real bad guy Edgar Allen Pogue Trace centers around trace evidence found at three seemingly unrelated crime scenes One of these of course involves Kay's niece Lucy Lucy has a wicked intellect and is about as self absorbed and destructive as a PMSing teenager The story surrounding the crimes is actually pretty good but there is too much distraction for this to be a really good book The CME is thrown in as kind of a red herring he has some skeletons in his closet but we never reslove anything with him You can feel Kay and Benton her what? Boyfriend? Husband? I'm not sure what he is at this point struggling to bury their hurtful past but no one talks about it and there is no confrontation Some opportunities for real drama are just skated overI've heard the earlier Scarpetta novels are better but I think I'm done


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