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Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Title:Blow Fly
Authors:Patricia Cornwell
Info:Putnam (2003), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 465 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Suspense, Kay Scarpetta #12

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Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell (2003)


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By far the worse book I read in 2004. The character of Kay Scarpetta is inconsistent with previous books. She spends most of her time being bitchy and paranoid. 3 1/2 years after reading this book it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I loved Cornwell's Scarpetta and the earlier books. I always recommended them. After reading this, however, I have not managed to force myself to pick up another one. It's a shame. I would have given it 1/2 a star if I could. ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
Six years ago Benton Wesley was tortured and murdered. Since then life has become exceedingly difficult for Kay Scarpetta. Serial Killer Jean Baptiste Chardonne, the unwanted son of a crime cartel family, tried to make Kay one of his victims. When he was caught, he tried to turn the situation around and Kay was forced to go before a grand jury to defend her reputation and honor. Her one time lover Jay Talley, Jean-Baptist's fraternal twin, used her to find out if Benton told her anything about the Chardonne crime cartel.
Unable to live in her precious Virginia home, Kay moved to Del Rey Beach, Florida working as a free lance consultant. Talley and his lover are fugitives living in the bayou near Baton Rouge where ten women in fourteen months have disappeared. Jean-Baptiste is days away from state execution and wants to see Scarpetta. Marino's son is a lawyer for the Chardonne family and is a threat to all of Kay's friends. All those people are being played by one of the world's most intelligent puppet masters.

Patricia Cornwell is crafty in her use of the English language. She is able to play on the emotions of her readers. She has the rare skill of inducing discomfort in her readers' minds. "Blowfly" was written at the time that she seemed to have more compasion for her characters. Her more recent endeavous almost reads like she hates them. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I started liking this book when she for once seemed to be steering away from the usual overdescription of wonderful dwellings, cars etc, but sadly she reverted to type. And the story also was unusual and kept me reading, but with a deeply disappointing end, where it appears that the author got fed up with writing it and brings it to a very sudden and unsatisfactory conclusion - while, of course, leaving a thread hanging on which to hook another novel. ( )
  NaggedMan | Feb 3, 2016 |
In a departure from the usual style this novel is told from the point of view of several characters making a good change from the normal linear narrative.

Lots of lose ends and past history revealed in this one a good read. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Scarpetta and Lucy are back in business when the coroner of Baton Rouge asked them to look into a cold case involving a socialite ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
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They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. Job 21:26
To Dr. Louis Cataldie, Coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish, A man of excellence, honor, humanity and truth---The world is a better place because of you.
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Dr. Kay Scarpetta moves the tiny glass vial close to candlelight, illuminating a maggot drifting in a poisonous bath of ethanol.
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ISBN 0143057448 and 0399151176 are abridged audiobooks. Please do not combine with the book since they are not the same works.
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The world's number-one-bestselling crime writer is back with another scorching thriller featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in quest of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida. There she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.
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Readers are in for the shock of Kay Scarpetta's life.

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Leaving Virginia in search of peace and quiet, Dr. Kay Scarpetta journeys to Florida, where a series of baffling murders entangles her in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the most unexpected circumstance of her life.

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