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Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Oct 1997
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Vividly compulsive (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Ingenious, persuasive and unsettling (LITERARY REVIEW)
A one-sitting read, full of sinister twists and unpleasant surprises. (COSMOPOLITAN)
Patricia Cornwell is one of the best crime writers writing today. She is precise, she is careful, above all, she is original. (GUARDIAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A mesmerizing new thriller from the bestselling author of FROM POTTERS FIELD that takes Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kay Scarpetta, into the very vortex of evil. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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It seems highly unlikely that with all this going on Kay has the time to solve every quirky case thatshe comes across, delving in headfirst and devoting all her time to the case while heading off around the globe. It's all starting to be a bit much for me. Ok, Ok we get it, Kay is one tough cookie, and great at her job but it's highly unrealistic that this absurd character would be able to perform all the dutied to such a high standard, fiction or not.
I will continue with the series in hopes that the next book is a return to form.
I've been reading through the Scarpetta novels in order for about a year now and this was the first one that didn't really grip me at all and in places I was even a little bored. The Kay/Benton relationship is also getting a little tiresome as well as Kay's over-protective relationship and over-exageratted problems with her neice Lucy.
The actual murder investigation is ok, if a little unbeliveable. I did find it interesting how forensics were becoming more advanced at the time that the book was written, as some of the procedures and equipment used are things that are fairly basic in this day and age and really made me think how things have rapidly progressed over the past 10 years.
Overall it is a fairly entertaining read for the most part that unfortunately does get a little boring at points, but is one that regulars to the series should read to keep up to date with the flow of the series. If you're new to the Cornwell books, I'd definitely start at the beginning (Postmortem) as the first six books are much better thank this.
That said,in will read the next one in the hope that Patricia finds her way back.
I don't think it gives away the plot, but several areas are totally unbelievable: how does her ex-assistant get a job in London without any references? How on earth did the terrorists expect to get their contraband to the destination once they had recovered it from the site? Was Kay Scarpetta really the only person who could make the trip to London (in the middle of a national emergency), or gone into the middle of the siege? Is it likely that the same small group of characters from different agencies would be involved in so many cases together?
From their reputation, I was expecting far more realistic stories from this series, I am dissapointed. Ms Cornwell should stick to what she does well (the procedural stuff and some of the characterisation) and not stray into Tom Clancy territory (especially when it is done as badly as here).
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