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Point Of Origin [Hardcover]

Patricia Cornwell
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Book Club Associates; Reprint edition (1998)
  • ASIN: B000OKG7CG
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,148,081 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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BENTON WESLEY WAS taking off his running shoes in my kitchen when I ran to him, my heart tripping over fear and hate and remembered horror. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Scarpetta yet keeps her ahead - just. 2 July 1999
By A Customer
Each Cornwell novel seems to surpass its predecessor as she grows more confident, and Point of Origin is no exception. The forensic detail has always been gruesomely accurate, but what makes this book work so well is that forensic gore is allied to a real 'voice' for her heroine - world-weary, angry, determined - that conveys her character development more effectively than mere action. Her plots seem to get more complex and satisfying too, with plenty of twists in the tale. Kathy Reichs (see the brilliant Death du Jour) may be the pretender to the throne, but Cornwell is still the Queen. Forensic fans should also check out The Death Pit, by a male writer, Tony Strong, a page-turner mystery about a forensic archeologist. There's clearly still plenty of mileage in the forensic genre - keep the cadavers coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I stayed up until 2a.m. to finish this book. If you are a long time fan and have read the previous Scarpetta books you will be gripped.
The story carries you on a riveting ride through the world of criminal investigation poking and prodding at your emotions as the characters that you know so well are dragged through a traumatic chain of events, while investigating a case of murder and arson at the home of a media tycoon.
At least one unexpected twist to the tale awaits as this tale of murder and psychotic mind games unfolds.
I could not put this book down. Is Patricia Cornwell the best modern writer of this genre? Surely the answer is yes
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've read and loved all of Cornwell's Scarpetta novels - but I've finally had enough. Her total lack of genuine grief over Benton's death was the final straw. Yes so she shed a few tears, but within seconds resumed her usual dour demenour. I am utterly sick of this character's wooden emotions and chronic lack of humour. It would be such a huge relief if just once, just once Kay made a complete bodge of her hand-made frittata with pesto, or confessed to eating herself sick on Haagen Daas while wearing stale pyjamas. Constant contemplations about her expensive house and car are highly irritating - although admittedly not as irritating as the obnoxious Lucy. Lucy is the literary equivalent of watching a party political broadcast on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, you feel that the room would always be a little emptier for her having entered it. As a world-class computer boffin, superlative FBI agent, expert pilot, fire-investigator supremo etc, etc you would think she could manage to rustle up a hint of humour or a spark of personality. Everyone raves on endlessly about her utter, mind-blowing brilliance but has no-one noticed that she has zero social skills and possess all the animation of a dead duck? Personally I think Cornwell could have killed Lucy off way back in book three and replaced her character with a lap-top instead - I would defy anyway to notice any difference in their personalities!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Point of Origin 19 May 2005
Looking at the other reviews posted here, it's pretty clear that opinions of this book fall into two distinctive categories. There are those who loved the book and welcome it into the series of Scarpetta detective novels, and those that are really disappointed with it and feel that Cornwell is either not developing her characters enough, or developing them in the wrong way. Which is why I'm going to sit very firmly on the fence!
In fact I wholeheartedly agree with the later group of critics, Scarpetta has developed into such a driven and exacting personality that she is almost becoming robotic in he attitudes to all walks of life. The fact that she is career minded or practical about most things I can accept, the fact that she is becoming demanding, belittling, downright rude and unfriendly to all she meets is a little harder to accept. If I were her assistant Fielding, I'll tell he where to stick her sharpest scalpel and look for a new job. This woman must be the biggest nightmare in the world to work for!
Niece Lucy just hasn't developed at all. Professionally she changes from book to book, learning a new skill as determined by whatever situation Cornwell wants to place her is. One moment she's single handily created the first virtual intelligence robot, next she's flying helicopters for the ATS! What next? Developing a cure for cancer? Breaking the world 100 metres record? And anyway how can such a needy, moaning and winging person be such a professional success? "Ohhh nobody likes me!" weeps the young, beautiful, talented Lucy! "Someone as gifted as Lucy is always going to be lonely" pities Auntie Scarpetta! Well welcome to the real world ladies, now shut up or put up!
My other major gripe with Cornwell is the pages and pages of detailed technical information as if to impress us.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gets worse every time 12 July 1999
By A Customer
I enjoyed the first few of Patricia Cornwell's books, but sadly they seem to have got worse and worse as they appear.
This is one of the worst yet. The story is banal. Characterisation ziltch. Masses of boring detail early on, then the whole thingwrapped up in about ten pages at the end.
I find the continuing baddies from one book to another irritating, and Lucy a pain. The only character I can believe in or have any sympathy for is Moreno.
There is also, for me, an unhealthy streak of FBI worship in many of these books, according to which this agency is the only thing that keeps the world from total collapse..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Point of Origin
Cornwell never lets her readers down. Another great story about crime, forensics and pathology. A brilliant book. A must read.
Published 1 month ago by kindle lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book by Patricia
Surprising twist to the story, but tension was continuously built throughout the book. Better than the one before this, kept me interested the whole way through
Published 2 months ago by lauren small
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ
excellent read -kept on the edge of your seat all the way through-can't wait to read next one - thank goodness for long winter nights
Published 5 months ago by Janice James
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down until the last word
Another excellent and exciting story. This author has a unique way of making pictures from her words which are both colourful and illuminating. Looking forward to my next purchase.
Published 5 months ago by Eugene F Pannett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As always, I'm not disappointed :-) Have read the entire Scarpetta series now :-) Can't wait for the new book to come in november :-)
Published 6 months ago by Jeanette Helsted
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I have read a few of her books and thoroughly enjoy her work. Liked this book and found it quite moving. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 6 months ago by Lorraine Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!!!!!
I have read all of the Scarpetta novels loved everyone!!!r would highly recommend them am now hooked on this author!!!!!
Published 10 months ago by FLOSSIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put book down
I could not put this book down. Yet again the author has written so well that I felt I was with all the characters. Gripping isn't the word!
Published 10 months ago by jaki
2.0 out of 5 stars Real let-down.....
This book was limp and unenthusiasticly written.It felt as though the writer was going through the motions of writing another Scarpetta book. She should not have bothered. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PennyW
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
One of her best, a must read for Cornwell fans and if you haven't read one of her novels then your are missing out on some great reading material
Published 12 months ago by Elspeth McPhail
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