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Cruel And Unusual (Scarpetta Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Patricia Cornwell , Kate Burton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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6 Nov 2008 Scarpetta Novels (Book 4)
When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia's electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine case for Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell's execution, everyone connected to him begins to die - including a member of Scarpetta's staff. When crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incomeptence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, she must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations and threats to her own life. She soon finds herself retracing Waddell's bloody footprints, following a trail that might lead to long-hidden secrets deep within the state government. Either the truth will set her free - or unleash upon her a punishment both cruel and unusual.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405502460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405502467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Agatha Christie of the DNA age (EXPRESS)

Perhaps the first entirely credible woman sleuth, Scarpetta is closest to Sherlock Holmes in relying entirely on her brain rather than breaks or brawn to solve baffling cases (INDEPENDENT)

Chillingly detailed forensic thriller, confirming Cornwell as the top gun in this field. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Highly addictive. (EVENING STANDARD)

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Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's career and life are on the line after a convicted killer is executed in Virginia and all connected with the case begin to die.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel and Unusual 23 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
This is the forth of the Dr Kay Scarpetta novels and they just get better and better. Certainly this is the book with the most political intrigue and career back-stabbing in it and we see for perhaps the first time Dr Scarpetta more than just a pathologist, but as a political figure to be used by others.
The "thriller" part of the book is as good as ever, with a great twisty-turny ride through the plot and a cunning surprise around every corner. The characterisations are a brilliant as ever, and the Scarpetta - Marino interplay is just fantastic.<POn the plus side this book sees a couple of good new characters appearing, including the lawyer Nicholas Grueman who I certainly hope we'll meet again.
Great book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! Couldn't put it down. 7 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
If you like crime mysteries, this one is for you. This book had me gripped with suspense but couldn't work out who was the murderer. I loved this book so much I want to read more by Patricia Cornwell. Very well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ploddy and disappointing 26 July 2009
By Link
Format:Paperback
This is the first book that i have read by Patricia Cornwell and i was a little disappointed as the plot seemed to be a good idea at first but as you read on the different twists and turns do not lead to anything that surprises you. I also found the style of the book to be rather tiresome as there seems to be a good idea which intrigues you then it seems to be solved very quickly and a bit of an anti climax. I would only recommend this book if you have nothing else to read on a long journey.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that 'grabs' you from start to finish. 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read all the previous Scarpetta stories and I certainly wasn't disappointed when I came to this book. From the moment I picked it up the story had me guessing just who was doing what to Kay Scarpetta. Patricia Cornwell had you guessing as to who was involved in the murders and when you thought you had an idea of where she was going with the story she turned it on its head and surprised you. The fact that while solving cases the book also shows Kay's private life and follows on from the previous books makes her more believable and human. The only disappointment that I found with the book was a bit of repetiveness on the lack of security with her office - this was also the case in a couple of other stories in the series. This part I cannot find totally believable as I know how secure medical computers are. One security leak yes, three or four, no. On the whole this book is like the other Kay Scarpetta books - A VERY GOOD READ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller with twists. 17 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Although not quite as good as her earlier books this still makes for a scintillating crime novel. With twists and turns galore this book takes you on an enjoyable journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a great read but disappointing 15 Mar 2001
Format:Paperback
This was the first of her books i'd read and generally enjoyed the experience. Is is a well written piece of work with lots of quirks and turns alwasy keeping you guessing, which I suppose is the art of good crime fiction. I was however disappointed with the ending...but i wont spoil it ...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read! 27 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I have bought all the Scarpetta books and have read the first 7 in less than 2 weeks - that's how great they are.

This one if maybe not as thrilling as the previous ones BUT it leads to the next two books, and altogether they are truly amazing.

The reason I read so much in so little time is not because I don't have much to do or my life is boring but because once you have started to read there is no stopping.

A truly superb writer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel and Unusual 31 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed many Scarpetta book in the past and this was no exception. With her friends and family, amongst them, Benton, Mike Marino and Lucy are all invaluable to the plots. It is superbly written as usual, full of intrigue and mystery. Ms Cornwell writes with such smoothness, understanding of her characters and an ability to make you believe the book actually happened. This story about a dead convicted murderer who Kay autopsies but whose MO is discovered at another recent murder. It leads Kay through drugs abuse, deceit and lies of colleagues and reaches a grim conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a compelling read
Published 1 day ago by J M Mercer
4.0 out of 5 stars rushed ending
They didn't get their man, assuming it has been left open for him to make a return at some point. Beginning to see a possible relationship developing between two of the main... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nikki Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Briiliant
Another great story, well written and keeps you guessing.
A brilliant heroine and character.
on to the next one with pleasure
Published 1 month ago by mrs r cassidy
3.0 out of 5 stars more long winded than her others and unsatisfactory ending
Not her best. Ending squeezed into only a few pages. Far too much domestic and family details. I've read much better Patricia Cornwell books.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. P. J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Although I'm only half way through the book, it's gripping...just as the previous ones. I haven't read much over the last few years but seeing Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soozie
5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting
Really interesting and fun book...lots of twists and turns and cliff hangers at the end of chapters keep u awake at night!!!!
Published 4 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop Scarpetta!
Brilliant storyline, as usual patricia Cornwell drags me into the story, the race against time to find the killer & I'm unable to put the book down!
Published 5 months ago by Nicky labram
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel & Unusual
This book by Patricia Cornwall is very different from the other Scarpetta stories I have read you got more of an insight to Dr Kay Scarpetta. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
very enjoyable couldn't put it down left me wanting to read the next book in Patricia Cornwells Kay scarpetta collection
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Patricia Cornwall gets better and better. She never disappoints and never bores. excellent read a must for fans. Definitely addictive.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs J A Lovett
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