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The Body Farm Paperback – 6 Jul 1995

4.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (6 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530476
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forensic pathologist Dr Kay Scarpetta has the fastest growing fan club and I've just joined up. (COSMOPOLITAN)

a very absorbing novel and it will, if you have not read them, send you scurrying to buy the others. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Cornwell is as good on character and relationships as she is at the dazzling display of scientific knowledge. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

All the elements of the genre are present, but it is Cornwell's convincing delivery which has won her a huge and loyal following. (DAILY EXPRESS)

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The fifth novel in the best-selling Dr Kay Scarpetta series.

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Format: Paperback
This story begins in the mountains of North Carolina, where eleven year old Emily Steiner lived. She had left a youth meeting at her church one afternoon and was on her way home. She never arrived. A week later, her nude, lifeless body was found.
Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner and noted forensic pathologist, is called in by the North Carolina authorities, After an initial review, she believes that the murder may have been commited by serial killer, Temple Gault. Long known to the FBI, He has managed to elude capture and remains at large. More careful review of the forensic evidence, however, leaves her with unanswered question that initially puzzle her. As she endeavors to untangle these strange and tantalizing clues, she realizes that they begin to point away from Gault and in a direction more horrifying than anyone ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta must contend with other issues closer to home. Her troubled niece, Lucy, an intern at the FBI facility at Quantico, becomes enmeshed in a legal controversy that threatens to derail her future employment hopes. Scarpetta's long time associate and homicide detective, Pete Marino, may have bitten off more than he could chew and has personally gotten involved with Emily Steiner's mother. Meanwhile, Dr. Scarpetta, herself, is undergoing a certain amount of personal angst over the sexual tension that is building between her and married FBI agent, Benton Wesley. All these personal concerns overlay her investigation for Emily Steiner's killer.
The forensic questions that arise from Emily's murder lead Dr. Scarpetta to "The Body Farm", a secret research facility in Tennessee, where some of the answers to her questions may be found. It is the forensic clues and their analysis by Dr. Scarpetta that provide the most interesting aspects of the book. All in all, It is another excellent addition to the Kay Scarpetta series and well worth reading.
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What a shame, this book had so much potential and the story line was good but there were several flaws in my opinion. The most annoying one for me was the person they suspect in the beginning of commiting the murder followed on from another book and, even though ive read them all in order, its been a while and i kept waiting for a recap in the book, like Kay thinking about her first encounter with him etc etc but it didnt come and i felt all at sea! It was like id missed a book out and i know i havent so i think thats really bad of Patricia Cornwell to leave us in the lurch like that!
The story with Lucy was cleverly weaved into the plot and i enjoyed it, personally i think it could have been a book on its own if she fleshed it out and added a bit more murder into it but thats my opinion.
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars cos i love Dr Scarpetta and the stories but unfortunately she fell a little short of her usual standard. To many ideas in one book that werent fully explained or exploited in my opinion, but deffinately worth a read if you want to follow Dr Kay Scarpetta's adventures because it will get you through.
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Used to enjoy reading the Scarpetta series, but I don't have as much time to read these days and I quickly lost track of the story line.

I've still rated it 4/5, the content and research that goes into these books is to a high standard, but not sure if it was my reading time or the overall flow of the story, but I wasn't as captivated by this story as I have been with previous ones.
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I wasn't sure I'd like this one. Someone told me that this series dies off around this time but I have all the books and want to read all of them.

I liked the part about her niece finding herself as she grows up, finding herself in a gay relationship. I'm not too sure about all the Quantico stuff where theres so much security that it surely would be impossible to bypass all the security, but hey, I'm only the reader.

The actual crimes were a good read, of which I'll say nothing coz it'll spoil it for anyone bothering to read this review.

I feel sad for Marino. It's time he got himself a decent woman. He can't live off his desires for Kay any longer.

The Kay/Wesley romance thing is very intriguing.
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Not necessarily one of the very best books I have read but certainly a page-turner, Not sure if the title was the right one for the book as the actual 'body farm' is firstly a very small part of the story and secondly, not particularly essential to it but nonetheless, I enjoyed the two storylines which run simultaneously throughout engaging the main character. I enjoy Patricia Cornwell;s books anyway and would heartily recommend this as a good read for other fans and also if she is a new author to her, this is quite a good book to start off with. Give it a go, you might enjoy it as much or even more than me!
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I love these books and love that the character has been made into a t.v show (bones) all of the storylines are based on past cases from a real forensic anthropologists and the stories are amazing - I have bought every book in the series so far and will continue to do so

Good fast delivery and the book was in good condition for a very reasonable price
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I did enjoy this book but could not give it five stars. The storyline was good but in some places the dialogue was a little hard to keep up with. I found myself rereading a number of passages to figure out who was saying what, I am usually not too slow with these things either!
The title gives the impression the book is about 'the body farm', it wasn't introduced properly until 80 per cent. This said, it was still a good read.
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