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Post Mortem (Spanish) Paperback – Mar 2000

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: AIMS International Books (Mar. 2000)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9700508994
  • ISBN-13: 978-9700508993
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,066,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having been recommended to read Patricia Cornwell by a friend who loves the books, I took this on holiday this year. I needn't have bothered! The characters are developed well enough, but the concluding part of the book felt like she had been told that she had now written enough and could she hurry up and finish it .... and they all lived happily ever after. The End!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1ebb498) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1e3c8e8) out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 15 May 2000
By Clare Hoey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Body of Evidence is the first of many Scarpetta tales of gruesome crime, murder and investigation.
If you like a book that can make the hair stand on the back of your neck, give you goose-bumps, make you cringe and totally put you off that cup of coffee, read this! Absolutely compulsive reading. The best book I have read in a long time. And it just gets better with each consecutive novel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa243bd5c) out of 5 stars Interesting but too many unneccessary details in some places 16 Feb. 2006
By Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While I admit this was a good book and an interesting start for a series, the story was weighed down by unneccessary details. I also would have liked some of the characters to play a bigger role in the story. Like what was the point, rather, of involving Wingo in scenes which did nothing for the story? They were nothing interesting, rather mundane; they should have been edited out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d670a8) out of 5 stars A Story About a Psychopathic Killer 7 Aug. 2004
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Post Mortem by Patricia Cornwell

This won an award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel. It was based on a true crime in the Richmond Virginia area. A psychopath kills young women who live alone, striking in the early hours of Saturday. There seems to be no other pattern to the murders. The victims are tortured before they are strangled. There are few clues and no fingerprints. One victim is married, but lived alone as her husband lived away Monday to Friday; the husband becomes the chief suspect, as usual.

This story is told from the viewpoint of Kay Scarpetta ME, a single woman who has a high position in a man's world. Kay is resented by some. There is a sub-plot about a state Attorney-General who is a secret rapist. [What did she know and when did she know it?] There are many pages of details about the Medical Examiner's office. The author previously worked for that office, and as a police reporter. [My opinion is that the many details and characterizations slow the pace of action.] Kay's niece Lucy is shown as being a neglected and emotionally abused child; how will she turn out? Cornwell shows her knowledge of personal computers and software.

Agatha Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" was a best seller, although it violated the conventions of mystery fiction. This book also does that, but it seems more based on reality that way. Will Cornwell's future novels do as well? Does her political outlook find favor with her audience?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8ef84) out of 5 stars a young reader 13 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty good. The author must have reasearched this book thuroughly. Her attention to detail is fantastic. Her charecters each are distinct individuals. Kay Scarpetta the main charecter is easily identified with. You identify with her devotion to her work and feel her fear when mean tricks are played on her. Although her career is a quite grusome one, she is devoted to her work. That is one thing that causes her many problems throughout the book. She is also foced to take care of her independable sisters daughter a child Lori who has been deprived love for most of her life. There are a few things that bother me though the outcome wasn't that much of a surprise. The clues basically directly point out the murderer. There are a few twists and turns in thew plot but nothing totally drastic. The clues alluding to Lori, a beautiful doctor's death are quite interesting though some of the clues are quite imaginative. This book at times can be quite grusome and i would not recommend this to anyone who hates grusome detail. After all Kay Scarpetta is a forensic scientist. Overall this is a pretty good book. It is entertaining enough but not any thing that you would remember in 10 years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ee2708) out of 5 stars A good beginning to a series... 26 July 2008
By Gulshan Batra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading "post Mortem" is like getting to know the Chief ME of the Commonwealth of Va., up close and personal. To know what ticks her off, what are her strengths, and her weaknesses, how she is at a glass ceiling where she must fight with male colleagues, out to prove her inadequate in more than one ways - all of that and much more.

This being the first in the Scarpetta series, the book shows a lot of promise, by showing a gritty ME, who will not buckle under any pressure, may it be from the unidentifiable serial-killer lurking in the dark streets of Richmond, or the Police Squad officers, and more importantly, the bureaucracy that is out to prove her incapable of her job. Kay shows she's made of steel, and so is her determination to nab this killer, who proves as elusive as the proverbial needle-in-the-haystack.

Pete Marino, the Police Office who later goes on to become a regular feature in her investigations as a partner, makes a good appearance (if slightly cliched, at times!). A lot of the characters are introduced, including FBI profiler Benton Wesley, Scarpetta's sister Dorothy, her niece Lucy, and the headstrong Abby Turnbull. The introductions are enough for you to want to watch out for them in subsequent books in the series.

This being a story written many years ago, one has to give a wide margin for technology and CSI techniques that have over years become matured and some have even become outdated. But once you give that latitude, the story is in fact, written convincingly, and must've been a clincher of its times.

The only drawback I found in the book was that Cornwell's writing style was not yet perhaps mature enough to write less dramatic content. At times, the drama gets to you, but the suspense is retained well, and the mystery is revealed in an entirely convincing series of steps.

A good read for all Cornwell / Scarpetta fans.
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