Dust by Patricia Cornwell audiobook

Dust: Scarpetta (Book 21)

By Patricia Cornwell
Read by Kate Reading

Penguin Audio

The Kay Scarpetta Series: Book 21

14.12 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781101630693

From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.  Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino. A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy. At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught.  In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels. With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.

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Summary

Summary

From the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel. 

Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has just returned from working one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history when she’s awakened at an early hour by Detective Pete Marino.

A body, oddly draped in an unusual cloth, has just been discovered inside the sheltered gates of MIT and it’s suspected the identity is that of missing computer engineer Gail Shipton, last seen the night before at a trendy Cambridge bar. It appears she’s been murdered, mere weeks before the trial of her $100 million lawsuit against her former financial managers, and Scarpetta doubts it’s a coincidence. She also fears the case may have a connection with her computer genius niece, Lucy.

At a glance there is no sign of what killed Gail Shipton, but she’s covered with a fine dust that under ultraviolet light fluoresces brilliantly in three vivid colors, what Scarpetta calls a mineral fingerprint. Clearly the body has been posed with chilling premeditation that is symbolic and meant to shock, and Scarpetta has reason to worry that the person responsible is the Capital Murderer, whose most recent sexual homicides have terrorized Washington, D.C. Stunningly, Scarpetta will discover that her FBI profiler husband, Benton Wesley, is convinced that certain people in the government, including his boss, don’t want the killer caught. 

In Dust, Scarpetta and her colleagues are up against a force far more sinister than a sexual predator who fits the criminal classification of a “spectacle killer.” The murder of Gail Shipton soon leads deep into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels.

With unparalleled high-tension suspense and the latest in forensic technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves her exceptional ability to surprise—and to thrill.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”
“Brainteasers and compelling characters.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review

Reviews

Reviews

by KeithSr 9/13/2017
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Loved the plot - could use less gutter language

I really want to like her novels. She has such talent and her plots are fantastic. With me she does not have to live up to her earlier works but it would be such a breath of fresh air to have her tone down the cursing and gutter talk. You expect Marino to come out with a few everyone and a while but the Doc.?!?I am around Dr's and professionals and rarely do I hear them curse and come out with so many vile words at a time. Usually when they do they catch themselves, get composed and move on in character. My wife will no longer listen to the books on tape that she releases due to the bad language. The plots are good, character development fine but get on with writing good novels. We use to say comedians that used profanity did so because they could not come out with any good lines. Maybe authors do the same thing.

The book "dust" is better than her last few books and the action is non stop. She really is good at drawing you in and placing you in the seat beside the characters as they ride around from scene to scene. I listened to the audio book over two days and found myself staying in the car longer, and volunteering to go pick up Christmas gifts on the other side of town alone - just to listen more. For her fans this will be a good read.

Author

Author Bio: Patricia Cornwell

Author Bio: Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell is the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestselling novels, as well as works of nonfiction. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year. She has since gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and her novels have won numerous awards, including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, and the Macavity awards, as well as France’s Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Her novel Book of the Dead won the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller of the year, and she was the first American to win this award. Her character, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. She was awrded the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. When not writing, she tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 14.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English