Cause of Death Book Summary and Study Guide

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While relieving one of Virginia's Medical Examiners due to a family emergency, Kay, the Chief M.E., encounters more than she bargined for.   Her first case proves to be more than an average death. After threats on her life and the murder of a co-worker, Kay learns this death is connected to an organized cult. Marino and Scarpetta are racing to discover what all the clues they found mean before more people have to die.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

A reporter is found dead diving in strange waters. Why is he there? How did he die? These questions just get the story started. What is the military hiding? Why won't anyone co-operate? Everyone is antagonistic toward Kay... and then....
The review of this Book prepared by Carol Patton

Main character is medical examiner.
The review of this Book prepared by George Manning

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   radiation    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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