Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Oct 1999
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Patricia Cornwell's novels about Kay Scarpetta, forensic pathologist and nemesis of arrogant criminals, have long since become one of those series which admirers buy automatically, knowing and liking what they are going to get. For once, Scarpetta is learning, as well as lecturing, as she finds herself involved with a series of deaths by fire, and a killer who has learned to make her job difficult. The series' running villainess, the charming malign Carrie Grethen, once the lover of Scarpetta's niece, has escaped from custody with vengeance on her mind. Cornwell's own troubles of recent years find an echo in Carrie's media offensive--Holmes never had to cope with Moriarty writing to The Times to say that it was all a frame-up...
As always, the strong point of Patricia Cornwell's books is less the plotting than the exposition of technical details. She has the gift of fascinating with apparent trivia--just what are the metal shavings and clumps of ash caught in the victims' hair?--that turn out to lead in to the stuff of nightmares. Cornwell's reinvention of the forensic thriller combines expertise with anger at the inventiveness of human evil. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“Imitators now abound, but – pathologically speaking – nobody does it like Cornwell”
“the best of Cornwell’s novels”
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I normally read an Autobiography or maybe two in between.
They are very well written but extremely graphic and you need some medical knowledge to understand them completely. If you're at all squeamish, don't even attempt.them.. They are brilliantly written and she deserves every accolade received and more.
In fact I wholeheartedly agree with the later group of critics, Scarpetta has developed into such a driven and exacting personality that she is almost becoming robotic in he attitudes to all walks of life. The fact that she is career minded or practical about most things I can accept, the fact that she is becoming demanding, belittling, downright rude and unfriendly to all she meets is a little harder to accept. If I were her assistant Fielding, I'll tell he where to stick her sharpest scalpel and look for a new job. This woman must be the biggest nightmare in the world to work for!
Niece Lucy just hasn't developed at all. Professionally she changes from book to book, learning a new skill as determined by whatever situation Cornwell wants to place her is. One moment she's single handily created the first virtual intelligence robot, next she's flying helicopters for the ATS! What next? Developing a cure for cancer? Breaking the world 100 metres record? And anyway how can such a needy, moaning and winging person be such a professional success? "Ohhh nobody likes me!" weeps the young, beautiful, talented Lucy! "Someone as gifted as Lucy is always going to be lonely" pities Auntie Scarpetta! Well welcome to the real world ladies, now shut up or put up!
My other major gripe with Cornwell is the pages and pages of detailed technical information as if to impress us.Read more ›
This is one of the worst yet. The story is banal. Characterisation ziltch. Masses of boring detail early on, then the whole thingwrapped up in about ten pages at the end.
I find the continuing baddies from one book to another irritating, and Lucy a pain. The only character I can believe in or have any sympathy for is Moreno.
There is also, for me, an unhealthy streak of FBI worship in many of these books, according to which this agency is the only thing that keeps the world from total collapse..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great read could not put it down kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finishPublished 2 months ago by MR C L RICHARDS
I love the Scarpetta novels. Great stories that reflect modern day crime investigations, and the many departments involved.Published 7 months ago by Shaky
Great book from a great author and an awesome read. The service and speed of delivery was great too.Published 8 months ago by Jason Markland