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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543971
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,266 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 knife-edged thriller based on the exploits of the toughest female pathologist ever to conduct an autopsy...If you like your fiction fast-paced with a scientific twist, Cornwell delivers once again, and if you are new to Scarpetta, you are sure to be hooked by the end of the first chapter (Irish Examiner)

The iconic forensic consultant is as brittle as ever, and the body count is as high as Cornwell fans have come to expect. Cornwell hasn't sold 100 million novels for no good reason (Independent on Sunday)

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'When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'Patricia Cornwell is America's most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction.' (The Times)

'The iconic forensic consultant is as brittle as ever, and the body count is as high as Cornwell fans have come to expect. Cornwell hasn't sold 100 million novels for no good reason.' (The Independent on Sunday)

'Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author’s imagination.' (USA Today)

'A knife-edged thriller based on the exploits of the toughest female pathologist ever to conduct an autopsy ... If you like your fiction fast-paced with a scientific twist, Cornwell delivers once again, and if you are new to Scarpetta, you are sure to be hooked by the end of the first chapter.' (Irish Examiner) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Pratt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar 2012
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I didn't manage to finish the book, it was so poor. I didn't think it could get any worse until I switched on the audiobook. I had to turn this off after the first 2 minutes to check if the narrator had one of those artificial electronic voice boxes fitted, so awful was her lack of intonation. After I found she was in fact an award winning audiobook narrator and actress I went back to it reluctantly. The lengthy passages of mundane technical details, the never ending me me me of Patricia Cornwell oops I mean Kay Scarpetta, and the dull predictable characters are all par for the course for the drivel that Cornwell is churning out these days. I read her first half dozen or so novels and they were brilliant. The point at which Benton Wesley miraculously returned from the dead was I think the turning point for both me as an avid Scarpetta fan and Cornwell as a decent crime novelist. It went rapidly downhill from there.

Top tip - stick with the early stuff, when Kay was a force to be reckoned with, Lucy was still a functioning member of the human race and the author hadn't emasculated Pete Merino. Shame.
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135 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been reading Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books for years. The first 8 or 9 novels in the series are some of the finest forensic crime fiction ever written and many writers before and since have yet to beat the high quality of these books - Cornwell included. The last couple of years her books have gone rapidly downhill in regard to quality.

I very rarely give up on reading a book before the end (I've only done this perhaps 5 times in the past 10 years) but Red Mist is so incredibly boring that I got to the 50% mark and then deleted it from my Kindle in frustration of my wasted time. The content in that 50% (roughly 250 pages) consists of just 2 (yes, you read that correctly) long conversations and not a lot else. As well as treading over the same subject again and again (and again) in these conversations, boring me to tears, the story itself is very uninteresting anyway. Scarpetta is more arrogant and unlikeable than ever (which is saying something!) and her opinions of Marino and Lucy (how could Jamie possibly not love her!?) are sickeningly getting worse in each book.

It's fair to say I didn't like this book. And as a fan of the series generally - especially the earlier books - I am genuinely disappointed with Cornwell and her deteriorating and (now) unlikeable writing style. When her next book comes out I am going to wait to see if it has mainly favourable reviews before I buy it and if it doesn't then Cornwell has lost a longtime fan.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Chipperfield on 9 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the first Scarpetta books, because the characters were developing, and the insight into the background was intriguing. But, how stale Cornwell has become! How bored with her work! I'm trying to wade through Red Mist. Apart from the plot, which is creaking along oh so slowly, the writing is atrocious. The 'literary devices' Cornwell uses to support the story are sledge-hammered onto the pages, miss them if you dare! The characters are almost always given their first and last names, in the hope that a reader will remember them, so each time it's like meeting a rather deadly stranger - whom you don't care a toss about anyway.

Where is Scarpetta's charisma and confidence (it reads as if she's losing it)? Her disfunctional family - pooh, she disdains them. Then why drag them in, to what purpose? The only thing we read about Lucy is connected with her lesbian ex-partner; is that how she's defined now? Benton - so far, halfway through, he is only some abrupt sentences on a mobile screen. And poor Marino! What's he for?

Why does an editor accept such nonsense? Why doesn't Cornwell dump the writing career and learn to knit?
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120 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2011
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I have kept away from the indomitable Kay Scarpetta because, frankly, I was put off by the crass storytelling Ms Cornwell churned out after having had a really good start. Her characters were so predictable and downright boring that I turned to better storytellers now available. Obviously, I'm back to read Red Mist in the hope that things have improved. They have but not enough to make we want to be a future regular, leastways not until I've read the reviews.

This story is a slow burner. The first half of the book is still downright boring, filled with backtracking which I find annoying. I suppose much of this appeared in the previous book which I didn't read. Now that I've read Red Mist, I probably didn't miss much either but for 250 pages we have to trudge through the history of several characters one doesn't particularly care for. I was pushing for the story to gain pace. It does, finally when more bodies crop up both inside and outside the Georgia Prison for Women where Scarpetta comes into her own in establishing the cause of death eventually. This leads down a track I wasn't overly convinced about but, nevertheless, it does provide an interesting storyline.

Inevitably, the old character stalwarts appear. Marino who seems more interested in food, the amazing and superhuman niece, Lucy who's as spoilt as ever and Benton, the superb FBI agent who knows everything but discloses nothing much, at least not when it matters.

If you're a fan of Scarpetta you've been through a lot over the years, some of it downright rough. This book does rekindle the character somewhat but Kay Scarpetta is not a person one admires (leastways, I don't). I'm sure fans will be impressed and the book is a decent step in the right direction but for those of us who chose to leave her to her peculiarities several books ago may not feel those very early days of excellent storytelling have been reinstated just yet.
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