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An author, Beryl Madison, ends up in the Chief Medical Examiner's office as a patient. Her death seems to revolve around the manuscript she was writing which is now missing. Kay Scarpetta finds herself experiencing what Beryl lived her last days. She is being stalked and threatened.   Scarpetta strongly believes if she can track down this manuscript she can save her own life. However, the medical examiner meets much resistance as she learns she is not the only one avidly searching. In her search, Kay actually lives the last moments of Beryl's life in as much horror as her patient had known.   
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The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

When up and coming author Beryl Madison ends up dead, Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino begin piecing together the last few moments of her life. Why did she let the killer in to brutalize her? Did she know her assailant? The answer may lie in a missing manuscript which contains Beryl's memoirs, but someone would kill to find it, as Kay soon discovers with every step closer to the truth.
The review of this Book prepared by LaPierre

A young author is murder in Richmond, VA. It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's Job to find out who did it and why. As she probes deeper into the crime she finds herself sucked into a nightmare she never expected.
The review of this Book prepared by Michelle

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies 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 City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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