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Blow Fly (Cornwell, Patricia Daniels) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003

2.7 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; First US Edition edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150890
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.6 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gruesome but brilliant. (Antonia Fraser)

The pace is terrific. (OBSERVER)

This is Cornwell's 12th novel featuring pathologist/detetctive Scarpetta and it's every bit as tense and disturbing as the first. POSTMORTEM. (DAILY EXPRESS)

A tremendous read. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'[A] grisly fast-paced thriller ... utterly chilling.' (Entertainment Weekly)

'A story so compelling that even long-time readers will be stunned by its twists and turns.' (Chicago Tribune)

'Gruesome and suspenseful.' (New York Daily News) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Calling all Scarpetta fans....This is not the usual Scarpetta outing, as Patricia Cornwell has changed her Style of writing.
I'm a huge fan of Ms Cornwell & Scarpetta and have collected her work since the early 90's.
I feel I was left out in the cold while reading Blowfly and more than a little confused.
The chapters are very short (some only half a page) and jump from one part of the plot to the next without drawing breath.
Instead of feeling like I was part of the team, as I usually do reading Scarpetta novels, I felt more like an outsider.
To me Blowfly feels more like a re-introduction of characters, some old and some new, than a continuation of the series. But stick with it as all becomes clear in the end.
I hope we don't have to wait too long for book 13 (if there is one!) Three years is a long time to wait for a Scarpetta fan.
But please let the next book be in the style of classic Scarpetta.
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Format: Hardcover
Before I start, I have to say that I've found the last few installments of the Scarpetta series to be simple variations on a theme. The stories have gone from being about the cases of the CME of Richmond, who happens to be called Kay Scarpetta, to being about Kay Scarpetta, who happens to be the CME of Richmond, her family and the things that happen to them.
You can imagine, then, the uncertainty I felt when purchasing this book, especially since Ms Cornwell has radically changed the style of writing.
First off, that style of writing takes some getting used to. Not the third person part - that's fairly standard and, I think, makes the book more interesting - you get to see far more of the action this way.
The problem is that Ms Cornwell has decided to write in the present tense, which occasionally causes eye-watering moments as one has to become accustomed to reading it.
The other major problem was that even if you finish the book it feels unfinished. The story sort of tails off with the kind of ending that's obviously setting things up for a sequel but ties up many loose ends in one fell swoop and makes the reader feel cheated when things were just getting exciting.
All in all this book is worth reading, but only if you're a die-hard Scarpetta fan. If not, I'd suggest sticking with the earlier novels which are by far better written and more exciting.
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Format: Hardcover
Cornwell has demonstrated, via Hornets Nest and Isle of Dogs, that she is capable of turning out very bad novels, but the Scarpetta series has been consistently excellent.
Until now.
Where one could previously empathise with engaging and well rounded characters, almost all the main protaganists appear to have turned into two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Scarpetta's neice, Lucy, has finally turned from a largely believable flawed genius to some kind of uber-woman whom one struggles to take seriously.
The 3rd person prose style adopted over the last couple of novels strikes me as a big mistake - we no longer see the world through Scarpetta's eyes, which seems to make her a considerably less likeable individual.
As others have commented, the book concludes with almost unseemly haste - puts me in mind of the facile conclusions one used to attach to school essays or university dissertations as the deadline loomed large, and something had to be submitted.
I think its time Scarpetta retired, and in truth I suspect it is probably about 2 books too late for her to do so with great deal of dignity.
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Format: Hardcover
As this is an expensive book (and at the moment only seems to be out in hardback - adding to the cost) I waited a while until the price went down. Unable to wait any longer as I was very excited about a new Kay Scarpetta book I was so disapointed with what I am reading.
I usually read a book in about 2 days whereas this book seems to be taking me ages. From the first page you can tell straight away that this is not going to be as good as her other books.
Why oh why oh why is Patricia Cornwell writing Kay Scarpetta in the third person. This completely ruins the book and I feel so distant from the Scarpetta character that is is very pointless to read it.
Please read reviews and at least the first page of the book before you buy it which is what I didnt do!
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Format: Hardcover
Being one of Scarpetta's biggest fans I awaited the arrival of Patricia Cornwell's latest offering eagerly. The plot line cannot help but impress. It's clever, informative, thrilling, witty and complelling, it's Scarpetta at her brilliant best. I read the book from cover to cover in the space of a day, I just couldn't put it down and this has earned Blow Fly it's 4 stars.
The reason I have not awarded it the full 5 stars that all the other Scarpetta novels have been worthy of is Patricia's new style of writing. Why has she suddenly changed the way she writes? Her books used to be enjoyable to read but in the cases of "The Last Precinct" and "Blow Fly" she has stared to write in the third person, this makes it very difficult to read, I feel I'm having to work to hard and thats not what I'm looking for when I settle down to read.
Please, Please, Please Patricia, Lets have more of the old style and less of the new.
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