On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard. As the police begin searching for clues, the wallet of investigative report Ted eddings is found. Unnerved by the possible identity of the victim, Scarpetta orders the crime scene roped off and left alone until she arrives. What was he doing there, searching for Civil War relics as the officer suggested or was there a bigger story? As she rifles through the multitude of clues, a second murder hits much closer to home. This new development puts Scarpetta and her coleagues hot on the trail of a military conspiracy. Filled with lurid details that Cornwell's legions of fans have come to expect, Cause of Death is a breathtaking mystery further enhanced by C. J. Critt's gripping narration.
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by Patricia Cornwell
"C.J. Critt is masterful with this eerie Kay Scarpetta mystery. This plot illuminates, more than many novels in this series, the dangers faced by Scarpetta and her staff. Coldly and disquietingly, the medical examiner is isolated physically, while diving thirty feet deep in the Elizabeth River to view a cadaver, and mentally, when faced with reawakened memories of past love. Critt, as usual, delineates Kay Scarpetta; it would be hard to imagine anyone else in her place. The plot involves a military conspiracy and ends at a nuclear power plant. The whole book is a cliff-hanger, and the listener will only draw breath at the end. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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