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Scarpetta (Scarpetta 16) by [Cornwell, Patricia]
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3.3 out of 5 stars 376 customer reviews

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'Cornwell still does it better than anyone else' Daily Mail 'Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear' The Times

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'Cornwell still does it better than anyone else.' (The Daily Mail)

'Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear.' (The Times)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZSRG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 376 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the early Scarpetta books and reread them until the characters were like old friends. In the last couple, however, I no longer recognise these friends. Scarpetta Factor continues the trend. In fact, I question the title choice since Scarpetta hardly features in it. We have Berger and Lucy and endless technical jargon which would be boring even if I understood half of it! Benton seems to have undergone a metamorphosis where his vocabulary has shrunk to the f-word (whereas he never swore before). Marino is a lost soul. The plot revolves around victims we have not met and know nothing about. The hitherto fascinatingly repulsive Chandonne is now a pantomime villain. Patricia Cornwell has lost touch with readers who loyally buy her new books. She needs to get back in touch with the characters she created and who, like her readers, deserve better than this pretentious prose.
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I loved the first half-dozen Scarpetta books with their taut plots, the put-upon and appealing main character, and the complex mysteries. I hadn't minded the repetition such as Scarpetta always becoming the killer's chosen next victim, as that was the series' format. But gradually the stories became meandering and I stopped reading.

Having missed about six books I came back to the saga with a fresh mind, but I hardly recognized this story as belonging to a series that included such gripping novels as The Body Farm and Cruel and Unusual. It's very rare for me to give up on a book, but this one I couldn't finish. It's perhaps unfair to review a book I only half-read, but then again the author didn't care enough to write with due care and attention and I doubt a capable editor worked on it, so why should I worry?

The plot is hard to follow and what I could work out was the opposite of a page-turner. The set-up promises some celebrity satire, but the story is humourless and dreary. Scenes don't flow. Dialogue is just random chatter and whining. There's no tension as I didn't care about or particularly believe in the mystery, and the new format of multiple points of view just appears to make it easier to add irrelevant diversions. Everything is explained in a condescending manner that gave me visions of the author making notes for research assistants and them quoting unnecessary detail they'd found on the Internet. In the early books the detail felt real and necessary and gave the books authority. I believed in Scarpetta's world. Now I don't.

Worst of all, the characters are no longer the same people I last read about. The only link with the Lucy I remember is the name. Scarpetta herself is now insufferably smug.
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Very difficult to write about an author whose books have been so enjoyable for many years but there comes a point where you have to draw a line and say that, as a stand-alone book, this would struggle to get a follow-up and, as part of a successful series, doesn't deserve one. This gets a single star for loyalty across many wonderful books.

I thought it was just me and my high expectations but the last few books have been 500 pages of meandering plot followed by the quickest and laziest endings I've ever read, by any author, all inside a mere couple of pages. No tension, just the feeling of impending disappointment again as you realise you are within 5 pages of the end of the book with no direct action involving the baddie, just speculation. I am still reeling from the sense of injustice that I have fallen for this con a few times now, thinking she can't get away with it again. Mugged again and I won't spoil the finish because you won't believe me anyway.

If you've read the previous few, you know what I mean, a plodding plot, minimal character development and a sense of boredom in the writer that comes across in the text. I started the first few chapters of this book thinking I'd missed 100 pages of set-up and the sense of dislocation persisted throughout. I, like many others, probably bought this under obligation from reading all the others but, as a first read, I would not recommend it at all, stick to the first 6 books which are fantastic and Scarpetta spent some time at work and contributed to solving crimes.
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Format: Hardcover
I have all her books in hardback and have enjoyed them all to varying degrees; I am also sad enough to own a signed version of one of them! But, I just couldn't seem to get into this one, I must have started it at least 3 times and after about 70 pages put it down feeling frustrated and confused, having read several pages multiple times. It then dawned on me what was wrong, it wasn't the book it was me. I was trying to read it like all her other Scarpetta books, piecemeal at bed time when I was tired. This is why I have given this review the title it has - this is a book that you have to concentrate on because the main story is complex but it also ties up a lot of loose ends from previous books and therefore has several inter woven stories going on at the same time. It is simply a brilliant piece of literature that when I started it during a day off I just couldn't put down. The only warnings I would give is that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that hasn't read her previous Scarpetta books and I don't think you can miss this one out if the series is to continue, but that said I have a small irritation at the back of my mind that says this is 'Case Closed' for Kay Scarpetta......
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