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All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

All That Remains (1992)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: Kay Scarpetta (3)

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This was a very fast read. It is a good crime/detective novel with several plot twists. Its only weak point is with the on-again/off-again romance between Dr Scarpetta and her ex-boyfriend. It's obvious that this book was written in the early 90s by a woman in that a woman of that era sees all the negatives in a relationship. It's all take and no give, two selfish people with no interest in seeing the other person's point of view. ( )
  catquilt74 | Apr 16, 2017 |
Quite content as I continue through the series. Love Patricia Cornwell novels! ( )
  Kimmyd76 | Jan 4, 2017 |
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In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them.

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I was less than impressed with this book. The story line was laid out in intriguing detail and it certainly hooked my attention. And the novel never lagged or plodded like some have been known to do.

However, I have a lot of problems with the style of the book. The dialogue, for the most part, is rather mundane. And although the story had a catchy set-up, the pay-off was rushed and lackluster. In fact, the last five or six pages were a hastily compiled series of awkward explanations for the few dangling loose ends.

Additionally, Cornwell's prose is spare and punchy, which I normally don't have a problem with. It makes for unencumbered and breezy reading. However, she chooses to adorn the story in some odd and unnecessary spots. For instance, whenever a character is cooking, Cornwell takes great pains to detail the ingredients and manner of the meal. These descriptions are well-done, but inconsistent with the rest of the stylism, and therefore jarring and out of place.

Finally, I understand that Cornwell has a lot of experience and inside knowledge with regards to the investigative procedures and medical examinations, which does lend the book a strong authoritative tone. However, there are times when the central character, the popular Dr. Kay Scarpetta, weighs down her speeches and conversations with lengthy and unnecessary clinical explanations. Maybe someone should inquire of Ms. Cornwell why she seems to suddenly hate the characters she gave,life to. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
A novel featuring Kay Scarpetta.

I generally enjoy Cornwell's work, and though Scarpetta sometimes annoys me (she really never seems to get her personal life together), I also like her as a detective - the point of view of the medical examiner being slightly different from the 'regular' detective gives Cornwell's crime stories a nice touch.

In 'All That Remains' Scarpetta is confronted with a serial killer who kills off young couples in a rather professional matter. During the investigation she gets tangled up with the FBI and CIA who are worried that the perpetrator might be a soldier gone rampant. The fact that the latest victims happen to be the daughter of a politician and her boyfriend makes things even more complicated.

The book focuses much more on the intrigues with the FBI and CIA and Scarpetta's personal entanglements, leaving the case a bit 'thin' - we get little insight into the killer's background and motives and at times the investigation seems a bit of a side show. Still an enjoyable crime story and a nice read, but not great. ( )
  Britt84 | May 22, 2016 |
You can't fail with a Kay Scarpetta novel. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Patricia Cornwellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bass, WendyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fernandes, StanislawCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeelenberg, Annettesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dr. Kay Scarpetta is up against a serial killer who targets young lovers. Four couples have disappeared, only to turn up dead months afterward...Now a fifth pair is missing, and the mother of the girl is a powerhouse recently named by the president to head his war on drugs. Battling political pressure as well as a murderer.
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A serial killer is loose in Richmond, specializing in attractive young couples whose bodies are inevitably found in the woods months later -- minus their shoes and socks. After months of exposure to all the elements, all that remains of this killer's victims has in every case left Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta unable even to determine an exact cause of death. Frustrated that her high-tech forensic skills have apparently proved useless, Kay enlists the help of and ace crime reporter and a psychic whose powers have been vouched for by the FBI.

Racing against time, Kay finds she must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer skilled at eliminating every clue. All that remains to her now is her courage and intuition and the will to stop a killer before he can strike again.

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When the fifth couple falls prey to a serial killer with a penchant for murdering young lovers parked in their cars, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta attempts to examine the evidence.

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