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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (24 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530469
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,473 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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Cornwell spins a relentless and complex tale of the hunter and hunted... Vividly compulsive, this warrants a new award; winner of the golden scalpel (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Cornwell is on magnificent form (EVENING STANDARD)

Grippingly tense (THE TIMES)

One of the most interesting and singular bodies of work in popular fiction. (SUNDAY TIMES)

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Christmas, New York and a naked body is discovered in Central Park ... The sixth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moominmomma on 19 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I am usually able to pick up one of these books and read from start to finish in a few days, but I found From Potters Field hard going and not very entertaining. As for the ending...? what a load of tosh! It seemed like she had run out of ideas and wanted to get the book finished as soon as possible without properly tying up ends... and what the hell is "decompansating?!?!?!"
I got annoyed with this book on more than one occasion and found my other half asking the same question I did..."why are you reading it if it annoys you so much?!?!"
I don't think I'll bother trying to read another one of this series... Kay winds me up with her isms and her neice is worse!!!

Don't waste time when you can read other better novels... I like Kathy Reichs more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wonnie on 25 Dec. 2009
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Being my first Cornwell novel, I felt this was an entertaining thriller blending well the main story of chasing the killer with the heroine's personal issues. A bit dry and some parts I found not very believable (e.g. the heroine's niece being the system expert and working together, and the heroine's feelings and thoughts seem not realistic at times) but there were some very memorable moments in the story (e.g. the heroine talking to the killer's parents and how they feel and react about it all, and her perceptions/opinions on some of her collagues). Overall entertaining and well-written thriller novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By molko VINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2008
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This is the 6th in Patricia Cornwell's acclaimed Kay Scarpetta series. So far the series has been getting progressively better and excitement but 'From Potters Field' is a bit of a letdown.
In this installment Kay comes face to face with her nemisis from 'The Body Farm'; Temple Gault. This cat and mouse chase taked her to New York during the blistering winter and Kay's niece Lucy's creation CAIN has been hacked into and is sending out strange messages to police forces across the country.
For the first time since 'Postmortem' I found the story a bit lack luster and a bit hard going. It's essential of course if you are following the series but I certainly hope the next book is an improvement.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Patricia Cornwell's "from Potter's Field". She is a great writer and fills her books with information on her "work" as a forensic scientist as well as telling the storyline. I think I have read all of her books. If you like a good thriller, and enjoy meeting the characters in the story, then read this book. I could hardly put it down. I give her ten out of ten and recommend you read it. It gives great insight into the criminal mind and the detailed work that a forensic scientist can do to find the criminal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew R. Wortley on 9 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed 'From Potter Field' by Patricia Cornwell - the 6th Dr Kay Scarpetta offering in the series and as ever is very well written. The story is mainly based in New York and Richmond and seems to capture an atmosphere of brooding and danger throughout. Kay and her 'team' are on the trail of a serial killer, but they seem to be one step behind and being out thought at every step of the way.

The story has lots of twists and turns and as usual Kay seems to be the focal point of the killer's interest. The relationship between her and Wesley seems to have cooled, and Marino, whilst ever present, doesn't have a significant part - which is a pity - but the storyline involving Lucy is an integral part of the book and quite engrossing.

Unlike other books in the series, the ending is a lengthier affair if somewhat predictable in the outcome. Still another fine story.
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By Ladybirdgb on 18 Jun. 2014
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Enjoyed the book and they are so easy to download. My kindle is always with me so can be read any time.
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By alice mcintosh on 2 Mar. 2014
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was great read couldn't wait to see what happened at end gripping kept me wanting to read whenever l could
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By PHart on 28 Feb. 2014
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As always Patricia Cornwell delivers a fast moving and exciting narrative. It has twists and tuns to keep you enthralled.
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