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Port Mortuary [Paperback]

Patricia Cornwell
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28 April 2011

Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of 'virtual autopsy' - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta's home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked in the cooler.

When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, she realizes that this is a case of murder - and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out . . .

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543926
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,292 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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'A thrilling read (Best)

Long, terse and brilliant...Cornwell, who has already won more prizes than you can shake a stick at, seems to be getting better and better (City AM)

A gripping read made more chilling by Cornwell's note that the sci-fi technology she's describing actually exists (Metro)

A bountiful offering from one of crime fiction's most celebrated authors...arguably her most accessible book in more than a decade (Hartford Books Examiner)

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Told for the first time in many years from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta herself - and unveiling secrets from her past that have never been revealed - this is the latest thrilling Kay Scarpetta novel

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter utter drivel 24 Feb 2011
As many others have said I was also a massive fan of the early Scarpetta books but it all started to go wrong around Black Notice and this book really is the final straw for me.

The return to the third person and the fact that Lucy is not in the story much is welcome but the book has no plot and what little story there is jumps around completely incomprehensibly and left me completely befuddled and bored. As someone who works in the area of nanotechnology that part of the story was completely inaccurate and I'm left wondering if she researched it at all or just read a few issues of the Fortean Times.

I don't intend to read any more of her books after this effort, there are far superior authors out there and hence fortunately no need to waste valuable reading time on drivel like this.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 8 Dec 2010
Patricia Cornwell's earlier Scarpetta books really got me hooked on crime novels and I always looked forward to her next Scarpetta novel. However something has gone horribly wrong with the last few efforts and this is by far the worst yet.
The story is non existent, the narrative is dull and the characters seems just as bored of themselves as I was. By the end of chapter 2 I'd given up trying to remember what all the acronyms stood for and just found them down right irritating (to be fair though Cornwell is not the only writer who seems to think that more acronyms is a good thing - recent Kathy Reichs also suffers from the same thing).
I finished the book but was tempted on more than one occasion just to give up... not sure I'll be buying any more Scarpetta novels unless they improve dramatically... such a shame.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish 20 Dec 2010
Patricia Cornwell seems to have forgotten how to write a thriller. This effort is terrible, she spends more time on banal rubbish than the plot itself. I only read 200 pages and in this time she mentioned the actual crime no more than 3 times. A complete chapter was given to discribing a collegues office which had no bearing on the plot at all.
I will now put Kay Scarpetta in the recycle bin.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dire! 10 May 2011
This was the worst of Cornwell. What happened to her? She has turned Scarpetta into a hand wringing, self indulgent, introspective irritating woman. Why oh why? I used to love Kay, Benton, Lucy and even the boorish Marino. In this book, all characters have gone to pot! There is no plot either.

I only kept reading page after page because they hinted at some trauma in South Africa which was never mentioned in her previous book. You can imagine my dissapointment when the promised episode turned to nothing! I don't know about anyone else but what was the big deal about South Africa?, I probably didn't understand the whole story because I kept skipping on, hoping to reach the punch line which never materialised.

Please Cornwell, go back to where you started, think about the storyline you used to weave! Resurrect Kay to her former glory!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking in readability (mild spoilers) 16 May 2011
By Easterchick VINE VOICE
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It is always a challenge to switch from the 3rd person to the 1st when writing, and whilst it made for a different reading experience you need to think carefully about what you are hoping to achieve with it.

I found the book utterly depressing, with Scarpetta coming across as suspicious and mistrustful, continually 'thinking' that people are keeping things from her, but never actually fronting up and saying 'What aren't you telling me?'. Instead she buries her head in the sand, choosing to ignore her suspicions that her husband has been cheating on her and that her surrogate daughter has been disloyal. Is this typical Scarpetta behaviour? I'm not sure.

I found this very frustrating as it wasn't in keeping with the strong personality I had always imagined her to be. By the end, it had destroyed every illusion I'd ever had about Scarpetta being ambitious and aspirational, and had trashed my notions about virtually every worthwhile relationship Scarpetta has had. I am not sure I LIKE the lily-livered, apathetic, Scarpetta. There is no personality to this book.

There are so many military acronyms I got horribly confused, and ended up writing a list on a bit of paper so when they came up again I could remember what it was. I shouldn't have to do this, surely?

Cornwell frequently uses three words where she should really have used one, and there are long, descriptive, tedious passages which ramble, digress, and add nothing to the novel. (spot what I've done there, now imagine it x100). There are also repetitive allusions to an 'incident' in Scarpetta's early career, but you don't find out exactly what happened until the end, by which time, frankly, I was past caring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars yet another unfinished book1 23 May 2011
By bartem
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Oh to have back the wonderful years of Kay Scarpetta, and the great writing of Patricia Cornwell. How I yearned for the next book to be published knowing it would be gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. I didn't give up and have bought the last three books, started all three, been bored to tears and never finished any of them. I'm afraid thats it for me now, I will not be buying anymore. Shame on you Miss Cornwell, your fans made you who you are and now you have abandoned us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars number18 and still good
I like the depth of time developed over the previous books and extended here. Plus it left me ready to move straight to the next book.
Published 6 days ago by Hilary
4.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting read of Patricia Cornwall's. My only criticism ...
Another interesting read of Patricia Cornwall's.My only criticism would be that a lot of her books get to technical. Read more
Published 9 days ago by mrs judith m barks
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A good read
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Published 23 days ago by Cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story but narration is poor
Published 26 days ago by lorraine clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone wins
What terrific value for money. and when I've read it I pass it on to the local charity shop so it's win win !!!
The book was in the condition stated and arrived very promptly.
Published 28 days ago by Gill
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Published 1 month ago by sheila odonnell
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully boring!
Honestly, one of the most tedious crime thrillers I have ever read. Kept waiting for something to happen...and nothing ever did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised
Published 1 month ago by Peter Hartley
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
i gave this one 2 stars but only because hate i a strong word to use. it was so bad i gave up and never finished it, too much drivel about the rooms at cfc, too much drivel about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jg
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