All That Remains Book Summary and Study Guide

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Young lovers are being targeted and murdered. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is unable to find cause of death in the first four couples because their skeletal remains rendered no clues.   Unfortunately another couple turns up missing and there is a chance to finally get some answers but Kay and her partner in crime fighting, Detective Marino, encounter the run around from the FBI. Kay uncovers the aweful fact that the victims' bodies have been tampered with before her initial examination.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Young lovers are ending up dead, found partially skeletonized in remote woodland areas with no apparent cause of death. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is baffled, and she fears the "Couple Killer" will strike again. The most recent victim was the daughter of a powerful political drug activist, and the search for the killer intensifies. Kay soon learns that the government is withholding evidence, and the only thing more shocking is why they've done so: they fear the sociopath stalking young couples is one of their own...
The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

Dr. Kay Scarpetta already has eight dead bodies with no apparent cause of death. In the beginning of the book, there are two more added to that total. The bodies of couples are found several months after they have been murdered; their remains are partially skeletonized. At the scenes where the bodies are recovered, the crime scene cops find a jack of hearts.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracy Broemmer

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 26.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 53.3%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 16.7% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Southeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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