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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (13 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075153045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530452
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another triumph for Patricia Cornwell's special brew of forensic and intuitive sleuthing (SUNDAY TIMES)

Scalpel-sharp ... the pathology is stomach-churningly accurate - and the detection stimulatingly intelligent'SUNDAY EXPRESS ('Cornwell's third is her most complex: immensely satisfying.')

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'Strong action ... A gripping forensic mystery ... I just love it!' (The New York Times Book Review)

'Captivating ... what a ride! ... You'll probably stay up all night turning the pages.' (The Denver Post)

'Riveting ... compelling ... Scarpetta uses a microscope in her lab the way Sherlock Holmes wielded a magnifying glass.' (Cosmopolitan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Patricia Cornwell's novels so far and followed the life of Dr Kay Scarpetta avidly, this is probably one of her best. The main characters are given more depth and we learn a lot about mysterious Pete Marino and it materialises that he is in fact human and has feelings and these are brought to the surface in this book, as my favourite charcater of the Scarpetta series, this was the highlight for me. Overall, a great plot, Scarpetta faces a series of murders with unusual findings at the scene of the crime, only later do we realise important inofrmation has been held back and the suspense created in finding out who, makes this a real page turner, there is also involvement with many different law enforcement groups and it is hard to know who to trust, she even begins to susect her own collegues and friends. There is never a dull minute, murder, gypsies, politicians, media, stalking, this novel is one to grab your attention through the informative and realistic writing and I guarantee ,once you have started reading this, everything else will go by the wayside just so you can find out what really happened.
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This is the third in the series about the medical investigator Dr Kay Scarpetta. If you've read or even just heard of Patricia Cornwall's work you'll know what to expect: serial killer on the loose, the investigator on the trail against all odds. It's an extremely good read without being deep. It's better than the second in the series (which seemed rather formulaic).
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This is the first Patricia Cornwell book I have read and I really enjoyed it. Once I got used to the classic American-style comments it proved a very good read. I did however expect a twist in the tale but this didn't come. Obviously not a Cornwell trademark. I recently read a Kathy Reichs novel - she is being hailed as the new and 'better' Patricia Cornwell but I didn't enjoy this at all. Hope you go on reading more in Cornwell's series of novels.
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As previously mentioned I am starting at the beginning and reading all of the books once again.
In this book we look more in depth to Kay's personal life and how in some ways everything hangs by a thread, and how people at the top of their profession are under so much pressure by so many people.

Marino's wife Doris has left him, I found myself asking why at the time Kay had not been bothered to find out this information?
Mark has left Kay leaving her sad and lonely.
Benton is holding information back on the most recent of killings leaving the task harder to solve for those directly involved, and hars criticism from those most intimately involved.
We have a serial killer or killers, who is targeting couples, no evidence is left at the scenes or so it would seem? Kay is angry that the lastest murder has found the two victims moved when she arrives? But not all is what it seems, even Marino is left out of the loop, Benton is being harsh and over critical in relation to Kay, telling her what to do!!! Mark then turns up? Kay turns to her old friend Abby Turnbull the acclaimed news paper journalist - but is she to be trusted? In fact who can Kay trust?
This book is yet again a masterpiece even on the second reading.
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By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2004
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A female pathologist, dressed in white overalls and rubber boots and carrying a heavy bag, raises the tape and enters the crime scene. Who is she? Well, she is one of a species of investigators that has become enormously popular in recent years. Writer Patricia Cornwell has depicted her in a highly successful series, calling her Dr Kay Scarpetta. With training in forensic pathology herself, and a string of awards for her books, Miss Cornwell's achievements have elevated her to the top of the queue of authors waiting to be read by this reviewer.

I found much to admire, in this my first Patricia Cornwell book. Plotting and planning have been meticulously done. A disappointing ending - so often the ruination of a good crime novel - has been avoided. The narration is in clean, plain sentences. Cornwell has her forensic pathologist character, Dr Kay Scarpetta, lead the investigation into a series of killings, and her knowledge of the forensic pathology involved is highly impressive.

Reducing my admiration, however, are several deficiencies. I happen to like crime investigation novels that mix some charm, warmth, caprice or eccentricity into the investigative proceedings. Cornwell keeps all these additives locked away in her cupboard. Dr Kay Scarpetta's life is a distinctly feminist, answering machine, laboratory gowned and masked one, at least in this book. Am I looking in the wrong place if I expect wit, warmth, vibrant male-female interaction or spruce dialogue as I follow a forensic pathologist investigating serial killings? As if she were aware of the need for these "cozy" qualities, Patricia Cornwell introduced a niece for Dr Kay Scarpetta in her first book which I am now reading, allowing something like maternalism to soften the otherwise strong feminist atmosphere that pervades "All That Remains".
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I love Jeffrey Deaver, Lynda La Plante, John Grisham, C.J. Sansom, etc. and was looking for a new author to read. Looking at most of the other reviews, I must be missing something as I absolutely hated this book. Apart from the Marino character, I found everyone else to be very shallow - and especially Dr Kay Scarpetta who is also extremely self-centred. I kept reading thinking the story could only get better but it didn't. It reached an abrupt end and, instead of being sorry that I'd reached the end of a good book, I just felt relief that I'd finally got there thus not wasting my money. I recently tried a new author, to me, Robert Ellis - The Dead Room - and this was a brilliant read. A very hard to put down, gripping story, which is all I ask of a book.
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