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SCARPETTA (edition 2008)

by PATRICIA CORNWELL

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Authors:PATRICIA CORNWELL
Info:LITTLE, BROWN (2008), Hardcover, 512 pages
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The story starts in the middle of a murder investigation. The preliminaries seemed to go on for quite a bit with the reader gathering snippets here and there of what transpired -- I don't enjoy this method of piecing details together. In my opinion, that first bit was quite draggy and didn't really start getting into gear till about the middle of the book. There was a lot of character development for the central players of the story, but at the end, although the investigation was wrapped up -- means and opportunity (of the perpetrator) explained, the motive was never really addressed. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
From Americaas #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 Hospitalas 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 talkaand 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 murderedaand 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 cityaan 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, sheproves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
yes
  cmakny | Aug 14, 2013 |
It was o.k. but not so good as others from the Scarpetta serie. It was very fast obvious that the evil one has to be found amongst the inner circle of the investigating team. But in the end there weren't many clues why he has done it. Anyway, I hope the next sequel will be better. ( )
  Ameise1 | Aug 6, 2013 |
I used to like Patricia Cornwell's books, and I'm not sure if her storytelling skills are "off", or if it's just that the OTHER authors I've been reading have told more exciting stories. I read more than half of this book, and just could not care about the characters or the murder being solved. With so many interesting books out there to read, why bother with this one?? ( )
  blush48 | Jul 24, 2013 |
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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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"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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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.

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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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