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Scarpetta (2008)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: Kay Scarpetta (16)

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Leaving behind her Charleston forensic pathology practice to accept an assignment in New York City, Kay Scarpetta learns the story of an injured psychiatric patient who claims he was attacked by a stalker who was killing someone else at the time.
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Too technical.. WHO CARES ... just trying for entertainment! ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
Much better than her earlier works. The author actually gives time to explain things instead of going all the way through the book and suddenly finishing in 4 pages as she did in the past. The characters face the usual conflicts, but much less attention is paid to things like cooking (although that is there) and redundant and patronizing explanations of medical procedures between doctors as a device to explain them to the reader. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
I liked the fact that little people were central to the mystery this time. When the bad guy was revealed, it seemed a little out of the blue. The book was interesting, but it took me awhile to read it, so I can't say that it was great. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Not the most interesting book I have listening to...however, it was far from the worst. Scarpetta seemed disjointed and I find that happens occasionally with audio books. This, I think, is often caused by the narrator chosen to read the book.

Scarpetta's plot and story line were good, but a great deal of time was spent interviewing one character and then he seemed to disappear never to be heard of again. and then suddenly, as I was thinking there would be several more chapters it was "The End".

So I'm not sure if it was the Butler, in the kitchen with the ice pick...or the mid in her parlour with the mallet...who dunnit. ( )
  DCarlin | Jun 12, 2016 |
Scarpetta is summoned to NYC to do a personal favor for the DA and probably only accepted because it was Benton that asked her to come. She was to interview a suspect in a murder crime that refused to speak with anyone but Kay Scarpetta. His claim was that she could protect him and could prove his innocence. She came and was instantly and completely involved in a situation that she would have preferred not to be apart of. To top it all off, there were many surprises awaiting her, not the least of which was Mario's new job at the DA's office after disappearing out of her life. The four super sleuths of Benton, Scarpetta, Lucy and Marino are reunited in New York City.

After her last few books, I was on the verge of swearing off Cornwell for good. This one - "Scarpetta" - is much improved. Still not up to the quality of her earlier books, but she has toned down the infernal whining of her characters' inner thoughts somewhat and focused more on the story. She started down the path of undoing the almost irreparable damage she did in the last book to Scarpetta's sidekick Pete Marino, and gave the irritating Lucy more of a back seat. She would do well to focus more on the detective work and the forensics and give her books a lighter tone. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Trouble is, Scarpetta no longer travels without her posse — her husband,... her niece,... as well as Pete Marino... — and it takes the first 100 pages of this overlong narrative just to explain (none too convincingly) how they all happen to be in New York at the same time, working on the same case.
 

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Cornwell, Patriciaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gudmundsen, Per KristianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"The mental state of the madman, indeed, may be described as a walking and disordered dream."
Montagu Lomax, The Experiences of an Asylum Doctor, 1921
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To Ruth
(1920-2007)

And as always, with gratitude-
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Brain tissue clung like wet, gray lint to the sleeves of Dr. Kay Scarpetta's surgical gown, and the front of it was splashed with blood.
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Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes an assignment in New York City, where an patient in Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward has specifically asked for her. While Scarpetta examines, him, she listens to one of the most bizarre stories she was ever heard.

Oscar Bane says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder...that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will occur...

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city. It is an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew but also much, much too close to home.
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