Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life--and a triumph for #1 New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell. The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before, but upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction. When the killer contacts her via e-mail, Scarpetta enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace. Learning that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, Scarpetta realizes she's dealing with a sophisticated mind. Her investigation leads her from the government's biological defense facility in Utah, to Atlanta's Center for Disease Control--and eventually to quarrantine, when it is discovered that Scarpetta has been exposed to this fatal virus. Along the way, she's forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a slick FBI agent, Lucy's problems, and her own turbulent feelings for Agent Wesley Benton.
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by Patricia Cornwell
"Here's the marvelous team of Cornwell, Scarpetta, and Critt up to their ghastly best again. Five dismembered torsos in Ireland and four in Virginia are where this thriller begins, but worse is still to come--smallpox. Or is it? People are dying in diverse locations at a rate of one hundred percent, and when Scarpetta is exposed, the terror is intensified. C.J. Critt urges the listener on with subtle pacing and distinct characters. Everyone from naive young men to crotchety admirals and series regular Pete Marino is polished in our imagination by Critt's clarity. Kay Scarpetta herself plays many roles in this novel--doctor, ex-lover, aunt, survivor, and victim. The psychological elements unveil much more of her complex personality to the reader. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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