by Sukey HowardJanuary, 2005
Cool, controlled, in-control Kay Scarpetta is front-and-center in Trace, Patricia Cornwell's latest bestseller, read by Kate Reading, who captures the very essence of Cornwell's characters. Called back to Richmond by the bullying, inept chief medical examiner who took her job five years ago, Dr. Kay, accompanied by her tough-talking sidekick Pete Marino, tackles the unexplained death of a 14-year-old girl. At the same time, her niece Lucy, the brilliant, edgy, ultra-successful owner of a shadowy security company, and Kay's lover, the equally brilliant Benton, are working on a seemingly unrelated case of stalking and attempted murder. But as Scarpetta pieces this forensic jigsaw puzzle together, the same grisly, psychopathic killer begins to emerge as the perp in both scenarios. If you thought the last Cornwell/Scarpetta offering faltered a bit, this one will more than make up for it.