The Scarpetta Factor

The Scarpetta Factor

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. She is asked live on the air about the sensational case of Hannah Starr, who has vanished and is presumed dead. Moments later during the same telecast she receives a startling call-in from a former psychiatric patient of Benton Wesley's. When she returns after the show to the apartment where she and Benton live, she finds an ominous package—possibly a bomb—waiting for her at the front desk. Soon the apparent threat on Scarpetta's life finds her embroiled in a surreal plot.Scarpetta's CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called The Scarpetta Factor. Given the bizarre events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a "special factor," a mythical ability to solve all her cases.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415960356
Characteristics: 1 online resource (13 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate
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Jan 05, 2011

Two, no, at least four narcisists, fueled by emotions and personal lusts, frantically manage to screw up every thing they touch due to the lack of professional detachment. I'm not sure if Scarpetta and co. have always been like this or if the narrarators take on Scarpetta, Lucy, and Benton Wesley just really brought that out into the light. Even the old lady secretary is suffering from this selfish urge to put her own romantic interests in the way of stopping murder and mayhem.

I like a mystery/thriller that has the characters have to make these awful choices or paramount importance once in a while, but this is over the top. In a single day, every single character makes a dozen or more choices that would cause them to lose professional credibility.


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