All That Remains - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 3 Author:Patricia Cornwell When the daughter of powerful Washington politician, National Drug Policy Director, Pat Harvey, and boyfriend turn up missing, the services of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner of Richmond, New Jersey, are called upon once again. Four other couples have disappeared in similar fashion and have eventually been found murdered, all within a ... more »fifty-five mile radius of Williamsburg (Virginia). Scarpetta is called to a local rest area where Ms. Harvey's daughter, Deborah's, jeep has been found. When last seen, the couple was headed to the Harvey beach home in said jeep. A new investigation begins. Investigators, powerful politicians, and covert operations agents speculate as to whether or not this case is associated with Harvey's job or is it, perhaps, the fifth in a series of couple murders. As is often the case in Cornwell's stories, it becomes a question of who knows what and what is the real truth behind events and motives.
The murders have been particularly gruesome, and when found, all that remains of the young people are some bones and clothing, along with a jack of hearts playing card. Also, in each case, the victims' shoes and socks cannot be found. Scarpetta and Richmond homicide detective, Pete Marino, follow various leads, spend considerable time speculating on the who and why of the murders, while investigative reporter, Abby Turnbull, seems to be terrified about something (Marino doesn't trust her). Ex-lover, Mark James, makes an appearance and temporarily heats up the personal side of Scarpetta's life again. In the end the killer is found and the murders solved, but at tremendous cost to the Harvey family and to others. « less
If you are a fan of "Bones", you will love this book. The Kay Scarpetta series keeps you wanting more of her books. It has action, gruesome murder, amazing deductive reasoning, imminent danger for the key characters. Try this book, you will love it. I have more like this.
Judy C. reviewed All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 3) on
I really appreciate books where the main characters are not simply young, gorgeous, and up for sex anytime, anywhere. The Kay Scarpetta books are interesting, tightly woven stories that keep me reading until the last page. This one is no different. Dr. Scarpetta is after a killer who has already murdered four couples, and now he's taken another couple. She has to find him before he kills these last two. To add to the suspense, the young woman whose life is on the line is the daughter of a high-profile political figure. Patricia Cornwell has a proven track record, and this book is a very good read.