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Cornwell (Southern Cross) brings chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta back for her tenth foray into crime-solving in Black Notice. When the unidentified remains of a badly decomposed body are found in a cargo container en route from Belgium, Scarpetta is pulled into a case of global significance. Once again, her professional worries are exacerbated by personal concerns for pal Marino and niece Lucy. The investigation takes Scarpetta around the world and into the sights of powerful and ruthless enemies. Reader Kate Reading's nearly flawless performance compensates for the book's sometimes plodding pace. She gives her usually low-key characterization of the usually low-key Scarpetta just the right edge as flashes of despair threaten to overtake her controlled life. Although Reading thoroughly becomes Scarpetta through her expert narration, she has other strengths, as well. Her interpretation of each minor characterÄsome appearing only once or twiceÄbreathes life into individuals who, in the hands of a less competent reader, would otherwise blend and vanish from memory. Recommended for popular fiction collections.ÄJennifer Belford, Addison P.L., IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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