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Patricia Cornwell
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24 Jun 1996 Scarpetta Novels (Book 6)

Christmas had never been a particularly good time for Dr Kay Scarpetta. Although a holiday for most, it always seem to heighten the alienation felt by society's violent fringe; and that usually means more work for Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical ExaminerI. The body was naked, female and found propped against a fountain in a bleak area of New York's Central Park. Her apparent manner of death points to a modus operandi that is chillingly familiar: the gunshot wound to the head, the sections of skin excised from the body, the displayed corpse - all suggest that Temple Brooks Gault, Scarpetta's nemesis, is back at work. Calling on all her reserves of courage and skill, and the able assistance of colleagues Marino and Wesley, Scarpetta must track this most dangerous of killers in pursuit of survival as well as justice - heading inexorably to an electrifying climax amid the dark, menacing labyrinths of the New York subway.

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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 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,682 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too great to be honest 19 Sep 2010
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining thriller 25 Dec 2009
By Wonnie
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 2 Nov 2008
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Potters Field - Patricia Cornwell 9 Oct 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 28 Feb 2014
By PHart
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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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Gripping from start to finish.
Temple gault is on a killing spree again, travelling through Virginia to New York leaving a bloody trail wherever he goes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Jan 2014
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Another great book from Patricia Cornwall. A must for Scarpetta fans. If you've never read a Patricia Cornwall than you should start, you'll find yourself addicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Potter's Field
I am a great fan of Patricia Cornwell and this novel was another great read. I got this for my kindle and so I could read it again and it didn't disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by Anna Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarpetta novel
Really enjoyed this book - but then all Patricial Cornwell books are absolutely riveting to read. Good purchase and will probably purchase more.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Potter's field (Scarpetta Novels) Patricia Cornwell
I loved it. Got most of Patricia Cornwell books. Love the Scarpetta Novels and this one is just as good as the others. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 3 months ago by christopher.rackham
5.0 out of 5 stars PATRICIA CORNWELL and "from Potter's Field"- just a BRILLIANT READ and...
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Saphira
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to shout home about
This is the first Patricia Cornwell book I've read and I wasn't very impressed.

I found Dr Scarpetta too passive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by patsy k
4.0 out of 5 stars typical Patricia Cornwell plenty of intrigue with twists and turns.
I like Patricia Cornwell's Dr Scarpetta books and would reommend them to anyone who enjoys phychopathic intrigue with twists and turns.
Published 6 months ago by barry taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Potters Field
Scarpetta novels are always interesting to a point that I don't want to put it down. A good read for all
Published 6 months ago by val
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
As usual Patricia Cornwell has produced a top rate read, unable to put it down. Scarpetta at her best, highly recommended
Published 8 months ago by Irene Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 8 months ago by jane
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