Dust : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The body of a woman has been discovered inside the gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth. An examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue. As Kay Scarpetta pieces together the evidence, she draws herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology and shocking corruption at the highest level.


What the Critics Say

"America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of Crime fiction." (The Times)
"A perfectly formed thriller." (Sun)


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Customer Reviews

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As Elvis once said 'A little less conversation, a little more action please'

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

Of course, she's still the original and best!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not much with what she had to work with!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dust?

I'd have tried to move away from the conversations predominantly held between two characters at a time and had some of the conclusions that were reached come about in the investigative field.

Any additional comments?

Well I guess everyone writes a ‘not so good’ book from time to time, but I think that this deserves a special mention. I suppose you could say that I’m a fan of Kay Scarpetta, and possibly even a big one. Patricia Cornwell’s last offering featuring Kay Scarpetta, who is undeniably the matriarch of this genre, The Bone Bed, was far more enjoyable and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. However, like the one before last Red Mist, I found Dust, a bit tedious and Kay’s character both a little arrogant and conceited.
It never really got going for me and felt like it was hard work for the usually excellent Lorelei King to get the conversational parts to flow like a narrative should. That said, the story was also weak, particularly for Cornwell, and I felt it assumed that the reader knew the back story, as far too many references were made to previous happenings, without ever qualifying them. It seemed that the cast didn’t really fit their shoes in this outing, possibly because it relied too heavily on conversational supposition, as opposed to “shoes on the ground’ police work or even Scarpetta’s real domain, the dissection table.
I wonder if maybe the back story is perhaps a hindrance here, and that both Lucy’s and Kay’s lifestyles and access to the finest things in life have made the story a little bloated and over indulged. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a Porsche Turbo like Benton or fly a chopper like Lucy, but it’s got a bit too ‘Thunderbirds’ for me.
Despite all of this, will I buy the next Scarpetta novel? Of course I will, I’ve stuck with her this long and I’m a sucker for punishment, but I have a feeling that Scarpetta will be back firing on all cylinders before too long!

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- Simon

Such a shame!

What disappointed you about Dust?

It's written as if to readers meeting Scarpetta for the first time. Repetitive about her own backstory and patronising to the point of boredom.

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Bring back the edge that got me hooked on her books in the first place!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Because of the material, the narrator's voice became a drone and difficult to stay focussed on.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It's such a shame that after all this time waiting, I was disappointed, I'm usually a loyal fan. Let's hope she can bring it back in the next one.

Any additional comments?

I had such high hopes for this book but maybe Cornwell's just become lazy, because it was a very poor effort.

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- Neen Machine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks