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All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell
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All That Remains (1992)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: A Scarpetta Novel (3)

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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 |
Rampant paranoia, conspiracy theories, and after just 3 books a simple pattern emerges, I do not really like.
Also the final twist after the first end, while well integrated, sews the problems up too neat, I would have liked to end the book without it.
That way it would have been a quite different ending and set a strong example why I do not like neither vigilantes nor vigilante killings.
Romance got worse, could have done without it. Too much background family/romance, should have cut that, the book would read better without it.
Still recommended, as a fast page-turner, but as I bought it, I think the ebooks are way too expensive. A cheap 1-5 Omnibus-Edition as is available as a paperback would be nice. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
The decomposed bodies of Fred Cheyney and Deborah Harvey don't show up for months, well into Dr. Kay Scarpetta's account of her investigation into their disappearance. The two lovers are the fifth pair in a string of mysterious ``couple murders,'' all bearing the same characteristics: two young people completely vanish, leaving behind an abandoned car and no clues about their fate. Months later the skeletal remains are found by hunters in remote wooded... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Good, even though you know who did it, book tries to make conclusion vague. ( )
  Carole-Ann | Aug 6, 2014 |
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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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