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From Potter's Field (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Title:From Potter's Field
Authors:Patricia Cornwell
Info:NY Charles Scribner's C (1995), Hardcover
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  cmakny | Aug 14, 2013 |
This book was very good. Patiricia Cornwell always writes and captivating story
  Bettyb30 | Jun 24, 2013 |
So glad to be done with this extended Temple Gault plot, and it will be interesting to see if Cornwell reverts to a one-mystery-per-book format in the next one. The most fascinating part of this was Kay's interrogation of Gault's parents, and it was over too soon. The rest of the book was made up with extensive travelling back and forth between New York, Virginia and South Carolina. The relationships between Kay and her niece Lucy as well as between Kay and Wesley are not developed or resolved much at all.
I expected the final confrontation with Gault to be climactic, and it was, but there was little denouement or resolution to the tale; Gault's reasons, motivations, most of his history are not explored. Although the chase of him was pretty suspenseful and detailed, I don't feel very satisfied with the case as a whole. Hopefully, though, now that he's been caught, we can get back to the basics of Kay's expertise and finding killers because of clues a Medical Examiner would find on the body. ( )
  EmScape | Jul 16, 2012 |
Despite a somewhat abrupt and rushed ending after three novels of drawn out suspense, Cornwell does not let up in 'From Potter's Field.' Excellently told and paced well, Cornwell's 6th book in the Scarpetta series is a rollercoaster adventure which follows Scarpetta, Marino and Wesley as they try to catch the serial killer Temple Gault, who is haunting the country.

Only 9 stars because of the ending, but also because the depiction of Gault at times is contradictory, meaning that the reader is left feeling slightly confused about him. Despite being the calculated criminal mastermind we are led to believe he is, moving around the country with ease: leaving no trace evidence, hacking into the FBI's computer system and speaking fluent Italian; we are led to believe he is also hooked on crack and desperate for money, meaning that he is reckless, against premeditative. You'd think after three novels following him, he'd be an easy character to grasp, but I found myself feeling like I was reading about 2 serial killers, with very different personalities. ( )
  kezumi | Feb 22, 2012 |
Le quotidien du médecin légiste Kay Scarpetta, déjà bien encombré de violence et de mort, va basculer dans l'horreur. Une jeune femme inconnue, retrouvée nue dans la neige, adossée à une fontaine de Central Park, porte de toute évidence les signes du rituel morbide de Temple Gault. Voici que resurgit le meurtrier psychopathe qui a échappé à toutes les polices en laissant dans la mémoire de Kay une blessure à vif. L'enquête menée avec ses collègues policiers Marino et Wesley lui fait très vite comprendre que le tueur a un compte personnel à régler avec elle, que tous les moyens sont bons pour la terroriser, y compris le harcèlement de son adorable nièce, la reine de l'informatique. Célèbre par Post Mortem, qui reçut l'Edgar Award et le prix du Roman d'aventures en 1992, le trio d'enquêteurs affronte à nouveau, dans une formidable course poursuite, un ennemi de l'ombre, véritable caméléon qui se terre dans le labyrinthe du métro new-yorkais. Claude Mesplède
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
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And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

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This book is for Dr. Erika Blanton (Scarpetta would call you friend)
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He walked with sure steps through snow, which was deep in Central Park, and it was late now, but he was not certain how late.
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Christmas Eve in Central Park - Temple Brroks Gault stands iver his latest victim, washing his bloody hands in the snow. Pleased with his new kill, he lifts the heavy steel door of an emergency exit and disappears into the fetid tunnels of the New York subway system.

In Richmond, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examinaer of Virginia and consultant for the FBI, is in the midst of a latenight autopsy at the morgue when the call comes: Gault, the sadistic psychopath who has eluded capture for years, has struck again. For Scarpetta, her worst nightmare returns.

She and longtime FBI and police colleagues Benton Wesley and Captain Pete Marino fly to the eerie early-morning scene, where they immediately recognize Gault's grizzly handiwork. But no one seems to know his bald female victim, whose naked body has been propped up against a frozen fountain. It makes no sense that she apparently disrobed in the bitter cold without a struggle and walked barefoot over snow to her death.

While Scarpetta sorts through strange forensic evidence, including an uncommon tread pattern and extemely rere godl dental restorations, Gauld kills again. But the prey he ultimately seeks is Scarpetta, for it becomes increasingly apparent that he is as focused on her as she is on him. It may be possible that he kills to impress her, and that he's trying to get at her through her young niece, Lucy, who is the brains behind CAIN, the worldwide FBI computer network.

Throughout what proves to be Scarpetta's most frightening chase, she can almost sense the evil, electrical presence of her nemesis. But when she draws close, he slips back into the darkness, waiting for the time when at last they meet...

This is Scarpetta in rere form - tenacious and vulnerable; brilliant and consumed, 'From Potter's Field' is the best yet from a hugely gifted bestselling author.
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Upon examining a dead woman found in snowbound Central Park, Kay Scarpetta immediately recognizes the grisly work of Temple Gault, a bold and brilliant killer from her past. Now she must hunt down a psychopath whose string of horrible murders is leading inexorably to his ultimate prey: Scarpetta herself. Even with the help of the FBI, Scarpetta knows the endgame is hers alone to play -- and it will be played on Gault's home turf, the subway tunnels beneath New York City.

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In New York, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner, matches wits with a sadistic killer who operates in the subway tunnels. After killing a transit policeman he infiltrates the FBI's computers and sends her taunting messages while continuing to kill.… (more)

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