Chaos - A Scarpetta Novel

Chaos A Scarpetta Novel
  Written by Patricia Cornwell
  Fiction/Thriller, 400 Pages
  November 2016,
  $14.99 - $28.99
  William Morrow

Publisher's Synopsis:
During the twilight hours on an unusually hot autumn evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead bicyclist.

It appears that twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel has been killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River, seemingly attacked with almost super human force.

As the investigation unfolds, Scarpetta will quickly learn that seemingly random events leading up to the girl’s mysterious death are connected and her world as she knows it, will be plunged into chaos.

Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband Benton Wesley receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol.

But it makes no sense.

Why would the elite international police agency know about the case or be interested? With breathtaking speed it becomes apparently that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.

Stunningly, even her brilliant techy niece Lucy can’t trace whoever it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside the family would have.

When a second death hundreds of miles south, shocking Scarpetta to her core, it becomes apparent she and those close her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.

Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.

Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.  She has sold over 100 million books, including Postmortem and Depraved Heart.  You can find her online at

My Thoughts
In my opinion, the last few books that Ms. Cornwell have written seem to be lacking and are not like her previous work.  It was really hard for me to read this book because of that - the scenes were described over and over and very little of the story was being told.  When the story was finally talked about, it was decent.  All in all, a very slow read for me.  I hope she gets back to her original style soon.  I Rated This Book:  2/5 Stars 🌞🌞

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