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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543926
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,131 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By kirsty_weasel on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By PD on 8 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey P. Adams on 20 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 54 people found the following review helpful By Diana A-N on 10 May 2011
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Jeffrey on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I think the best way I can describe my reaction to this book is to say that if I'd been reading a paperback copy instead of on my Kindle, I'd have thrown my copy across the room in utter frustration on more than one occasion. I've been such a fan of Cornwell and the Scarpetta series since the AMAZING Postmortem and have avidly read every one of the books and there have most definately been peaks and troughs in the quality of the plots and character development but I've stuck with them as it may just be that the troughs haven't been to my taste. But this book has honestly shocked me with just how poor it is.

I'm not entirely sure it's Cornwell writing this. Or is this a plot outline for a stand-alone book that the Scarpetta cast of characters has been wedged into? There's just no consistency with earlier books; there's a whole new backstory for Kay that's never been alluded to before, Benton has become a completely frustrating... well, it rhymes with 'banker' (OMG just answer your wife's questions already!!!), who I really wanted to reach into the book and slap out of sheer frustration, Marino did things that were amazingly out of character, Lucy had Benton-esque levels of evasion and was almost as annoying and why did Cornwell not just make up a new character for the role Fielding plays in this novel, cos really, beyond the physical descriptions, he's bugger all like he is in the earlier books? And for that matter, what happened to the strong, confident and capable Kay? I find it almost upsetting what's been done to these characters that we've followed over 17 books and for over 20 years now.

If you've read the previous books, then you'll read this and no doubt read any future Scarpetta books, but lets hope any subsequent books are a more enjoyable experience to read than this one has been. So disappointed....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jam on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first "Scarpetta" novel I've read, and I was far from impressed.

The story at times is laborious; at one point a conversation between two characters consisted of each ignoring the other and going off on their own tangents. It's amazing just how frustrating that is to read; probably more so than being involved in such a conversation...

Throughout the book, focus and attention is often given to things that only turn out to be irrelevant and distracting. Yet at another point later on, you progress from one chapter to the next only to find out conversations happened in between the two that then have to be referred back to retrospectively - almost as an afterthought. It makes you wonder how the author decided what was important to the story and what was not.

Generally speaking, the story was poorly structured, with one promising but ultimately weak plot concentrating on a "present-time" investigation into a mysterious death, but also a completely unrelated memory from Scarpetta's distant past that constantly resurfaced throughout, with no discernible relationship to the main plot.

I read the book to the end in the vague hope that everything would suddenly become clear in the end, in some final link-up climax. Sadly, I was to be completely disappointed.
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