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Scarpetta (2008)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: A Scarpetta Novel (16)

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2.5 stars -- the forensic aspect of this series continues to be its best feature. The characters, on the other hand, are mostly two-dimensional, and I'm finding it difficult to care very much what happens to any of them. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
A strange man has checked himself into Bellevue's psychiatric prison ward and won't talk to anyone but Scarpetta. He admits that he is paranoid about people following him and that one of "Them" killed his girlfriend in a particularly grisly manner. Across from his deceased girlfriend's apartment house lives a lonely widow named Eva who manages "Gotham Gotcha", a sleazy on-line celebrity tabloid. Although Eva has only done business with the owners of the tabloid over the phone and has no idea who they are she becomes increasingly uncomfortable when Scarpetta becomes the focus of nasty stories. Who is behind the slander?
The story was extremely slow to get started as there was barely any action till around page 200. But a fairly good mystery on the whole. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
For me this was significantly better than Cornwell's average - deeper and more interesting characterisation and a plot with much to think about. ( )
  NaggedMan | Dec 11, 2015 |
Eh, wasn't one of my favorite Scarpetta books. Normally I can't put the book down, but this time...I didn't want to pick it up. Weird. I kept getting confused about which character was talking and had to re-read some sections to get back on track. At one point, Benton is in a meeting at the FBI office. All of the sudden, Berger is there...but we aren't told she's there. It was just weird. And it wasn't as suspensful as normal. Hmmmmm... ( )
  CassandraSabo | Dec 5, 2015 |
Not nearly as good as the earlier Cornwell books. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
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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-
to Staci
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399155163, Hardcover)

From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, 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 follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

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—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:54 -0400)

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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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