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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."

Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages

    Chaos Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 19, 2016

    Ok I've marked it as read but I've only read about 15% not even quite that. I don't know what this is but its nothing like a story. Garbled nonsense. It took me ages to work out what was actually HAPP...

  • Beth Wills
    Dec 02, 2016

    I do not understand the folks who say this is fast-paced, suspenseful, engrossing...Argh. Seriously I may not even be able to finish it. Chapters and chapters of filler, of back story, of internal mon...

  • Roman Clodia
    Oct 07, 2016

    This is chaotic, indeed, and needs some serious work to turn it into anything near an exciting read. There’s very little plot and lots of rambling so that we don’t have a dead body till 20% throug...

    Oct 16, 2016

    Chaos is Patricia Cornwell's twenty-fourth engrossing thriller and the very best of Patricia Cornwell. I highly recommend Chaos. This hardback would make a lovely present specially with Christmas in a...

  • Stephanie
    Dec 18, 2016

    This is the most disappointing, tedious, nothing-happening book I have ever read by a seasoned mystery author. If I could give it zero stars, I would.I will not belabor this review with a plot summary...

  • Mairead Hearne (
    Oct 28, 2016

    For me, having not read a Patricia Cornwell novel in awhile, I was fascinated to see how the characters have developed. The writing style seems very familiar, with the story being told in first person...

  • Amanda
    Oct 31, 2016

    I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for several years now and I have all her books. When I was offered the chance to not only read and review her new book ‘Chaos’, but to kick off the blog tour...

  • Matt
    Dec 09, 2016

    Call it a strong 3.5 stars!Having reached the impressive milestone of twenty-four Kay Scarpetta novels, Cornwell takes readers on another journey into the fast-paced life of this popular medical exami...

  • Debi Lantzer
    Dec 13, 2016

    I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for quite some time and have read many of her previous books. When the publisher provided me with an opportunity to read and review her new book, Chaos - the 24t...

  • Heather
    Nov 12, 2016

    Let me start by saying I love the Kay Scarpetta series. I've been reading it since the beginning and I love the combination of interpersonal relationships with the suspense and thrills. Each novel tak...

About Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature. Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony,