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Blow Fly [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Patricia D. Cornwell
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Oct 2003

After her resignation as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner and the horrifying events which threatened her life in THE LAST PRECINCT, Kay Scarpetta has abandoned her elegant home in Richmond and is quietly living in Florida, beginning to get some balance back in her life and slowly establishing herself as a private forensic consultant. But her past won't let her rest, and her grief for Benton Wesley continues to grow, not diminish, as does the rage within Lucy, her niece. Then the architect of her changed fortunes contacts her from his cell on death row: deformed, blinded by Scarpetta's own actions, incarcerated in Texas strongest prison, Jean-Baptiste Chardonne still has the ability to terrify. But, unkown to Scarpetta, there are other forces behind the wolfman's apparent actions, invisibly shepherding her and those closest to her towards eliminating those who threaten them all. And it is all orchestrated by the one man in her life who knows every nuance of her soul.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151194
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,228,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Cornwell is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards' Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year - the first American ever to win this prestigious award. Postmortem was the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won the coveted Gold Dagger Award in 1993.

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** 'Gruesome but brilliant.' Antonia Fraser ** 'The pace is terrific.' OBSERVER ** 'This is Cornwell's 12th novel featuring pathologist/detetctive Scarpetta and it's every bit as tense and disturbing as the first. POSTMORTEM.' DAILY EXPRESS ** 'A tremendous read.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ** 'As ever, Patricia Cornwell... writes with her usual impressive intelligence and sophistication.' PUBLISHING NEWS --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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The first new Kay Scarpetta paperback for three years presents Scarpetta with her most challenging case yet - and the biggest shock of her life. Sure to be one of the year's biggest selling paperbacks. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Isle of Dogs than Postmortem!!!! 16 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Calling all Scarpetta fans....This is not the usual Scarpetta outing, as Patricia Cornwell has changed her Style of writing.
I'm a huge fan of Ms Cornwell & Scarpetta and have collected her work since the early 90's.
I feel I was left out in the cold while reading Blowfly and more than a little confused.
The chapters are very short (some only half a page) and jump from one part of the plot to the next without drawing breath.
Instead of feeling like I was part of the team, as I usually do reading Scarpetta novels, I felt more like an outsider.
To me Blowfly feels more like a re-introduction of characters, some old and some new, than a continuation of the series. But stick with it as all becomes clear in the end.
I hope we don't have to wait too long for book 13 (if there is one!) Three years is a long time to wait for a Scarpetta fan.
But please let the next book be in the style of classic Scarpetta.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but... Oh dear. 21 Oct 2003
Before I start, I have to say that I've found the last few installments of the Scarpetta series to be simple variations on a theme. The stories have gone from being about the cases of the CME of Richmond, who happens to be called Kay Scarpetta, to being about Kay Scarpetta, who happens to be the CME of Richmond, her family and the things that happen to them.
You can imagine, then, the uncertainty I felt when purchasing this book, especially since Ms Cornwell has radically changed the style of writing.
First off, that style of writing takes some getting used to. Not the third person part - that's fairly standard and, I think, makes the book more interesting - you get to see far more of the action this way.
The problem is that Ms Cornwell has decided to write in the present tense, which occasionally causes eye-watering moments as one has to become accustomed to reading it.
The other major problem was that even if you finish the book it feels unfinished. The story sort of tails off with the kind of ending that's obviously setting things up for a sequel but ties up many loose ends in one fell swoop and makes the reader feel cheated when things were just getting exciting.
All in all this book is worth reading, but only if you're a die-hard Scarpetta fan. If not, I'd suggest sticking with the earlier novels which are by far better written and more exciting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling loss of form 21 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Had this been Patricia Cornwell's first novel, she would never have sold another one. Had it been the first Cornwell novel I had ever read, I would have never have bought another one. This nonsensical dross has tarnished the reputation of a (formerly) great thriller writer. Poor plot, nonsensical characterisation (her villains are so grotesque it is difficult to see how they could function in a normal society), unsatisfying denouement. I wouldn't have even given this one star if Amazon did not require me to do so. Avoid.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarpetta's autopsy 4 May 2004
By Crickle
I am a big fan of the Scarpetta series. Having previously read Isle of Dogs, I could not commit to being a huge Cornwell fan as she can demonstrate a disregard for plot and characters which leaves the reader baffled.
So I waited for Blow Fly quite eagerly and was extremely disappointed.
Cornwell seems to have just gone through the motions with this one. Maybe she was under pressure from her publisher, maybe she had too many ideas, maybe the editor was over-zealous with the red pen, I don't know what, but something clearly isn't right with this book.
The characters are sketchy and implausible this time around and the story tries to tie up too many loose ends from previous books, there is too much going on for a book of this length. Had she taken the time to beef out the content, maybe this would have been better, it's hard to say, but I couldn't believe that I only had 2 pages left to read and so much needed bringing together. The books ends too soon, almost as if Ms Cornwell was late for a dinner date and needed to finish.
Fans - be prepared to be disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Cornwell we've grown to know and love... 6 July 2004
By A Customer
Having approached this book with an open mind, I felt pretty disappointed. The days when Scarpetta, Lucy and Marino were larger than life characters and the science behind the stories given in great detail are most definately over.
The storyline just feel tired, like Cornwell has run out of inspiration and plots. The characters don't really go anywhere, you no longer identify with them, or feel anything about them at all. And, as has been said, the story is too complex - it flits about and you find you're having to go back and re-read things multiple times to figure what is going on. Too much knowledge of previous books is assumed - I have read all of the previous Scarpettas, albeit a while ago, and felt utterly confused because I couldn't remember where the characters previously made an appearance or why.
The story seems to drag for most of the book without really going anywhere or anything happening, then in last last few pages everything happens at once, only it is 'behind the scenes' - the reader doesn't witness the events, it is told second hand in a matter of a few lines. The ending is blatantly set up for a continuance in the next novel, but if that one is anything like this I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
The book is an ok read if you're just looking to pass time, but it's not the most thrilling thing you'll come across. Not at all what we've come to expect from Patricia Cornwell.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The first six were superb - beautifully written, and plot lines that...
What has happened to Patricia Cornwell and the Scarpetta series? The first six were superb - beautifully written, and plot lines that made them real page turners. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gordon walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story A little tedious at times for the habitual ...
Good story A little tedious at times for the habitual admirer of P Cornwell's books as some technical anatomical descriptions were a bit repetitive ; ßut as usual a good read... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mme Elisabeth Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised
Published 8 days ago by Peter Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!
I could not put this down! I loved it very much. Big twist in the story and lots of character connections.
Published 1 month ago by gina
4.0 out of 5 stars Another goid outing
As always like Patricia Cornwell. Book starts off slow but gathers pace and for last quarter of book didnt want to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, book arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
Published 2 months ago by Alma Abbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow Fly
Typical Patricia Cornwell....brilliant. I am not going to comment on the storyline as it would spoil it for others. Suffice to say you will not be disappointed
Published 3 months ago by kindle lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok...not as good as the earlier books
as above, was a little slow in places, and ended too quickly. Will read the next Cornwall book to see if it improves.
Published 4 months ago by Jamie wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Got to read this one it will have you on the edge of your seat. i could not put it down
Published 6 months ago by Blue girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Many stories within the main title
I started reading as normal then reached a delta where it split into sub stories, jumping from one to another each weaving little webs which joint back up towards the end when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eugene F Pannett
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