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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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Exciting and fast paced, Scarpetta, Marino and Wesley finally tackle a3-book serial killer in downtown New York...away from her native Virginia. It was a fun read and I'm on to the next Cornwell mystery. ( )
  buffalogr | Jun 24, 2014 |
read 27-28/09/07

I thought it was okay. Might be nice to actually read these books in the order they were written. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
yes
  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 |
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And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

—Genesis 4:10
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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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