Trace: 1 Paperback – 25 Apr 2005
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Break out the champagne: Patricia Cornwell has thankfully moved on from her controversial campaign to lay the Jack the Ripper murders at the door of the painter Walter Sickert, and in Trace is again raising our pulse rate by taking us into the dangerous world of consultant pathologist Dr Kay Scarpetta.
In this latest outing, Kay finds herself back in Virginia examining a curious death, that of the youthful Gilly Paulson. Joel Marcus, her successor as Chief Medical Examiner, has summoned a reluctant Scarpetta to help out, but her professional work is compromised by her unhappiness at the radical changes occurring in her old territory: Scarpetta's old morgue has been bulldozed, and she isnt happy working with the man who took her job. Other members of the familiar Scarpetta crew make an appearance: her partner Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy Farinelli are tracking down an assailant who has nearly ended the life of one of Lucys colleagues. The two cases turn out to be connected (surprise!), and soon several lives are at stake.
After the recent misfires, its a relief to note that Patricia Cornwell is back on track, dealing comfortably with her most familiar protagonist and a plot that yokes in bomb-makers and some bizarre sexual practices. A resounding welcome back, to both Ms Cornwell and Ms Scarpetta.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is vintage Cornwell as she turns the screw with every page. (WHAT'S ON LONDON)
This is an accomplished addition to Cornwell's Scarpetta series- and thrilling from start to finish. (THE LADY)
I'd recommend TRACE to any reader who enjoys a good plot, strong characters and plenty of action. (IRISH EXAMINER)
TRACE more than lives up to the high standards set by previous books in the Scarpetta series and it is certainly lucky 13 for fans of the good doctor. (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is an improvement on her last book, "Blowfly", but that is about the only good thing you can say about it.
She introduces too many carachters, has too many plot threads spread over too many locations. Scarpetta is dithering, Marino isn't much better. Benton might as well have stayed dead!!!
The plot limps along around the story of yet another of Lucy's lovers and the unexplained death of a teenager in Richmond. Scarpetta returns at the request of the new Coroner, who is so memorable that I have already forgotten his name. The old OCME building is being demolished, during the process of which a digger driver manages to crush himself and trace evidence found on the dead girl also turns up during the investigation into his death.
We are introduced to a person called Edgar Allen Pogue, who talks to his dead mother, but unlike in the case of Norman Bates, we never find out if Pogue has Mom locked in the cellar. He does however like to keep the ashes of people he has cremated in the morgue. A pity he didn't cremate himself and we would have been spared this dull and boring book.
I no longer read a new Cornwell book in 2 days, I struggled with this one for over two weeks and was relieved when is crawled to a pathetic halt. Do yourself a favour, borrow it from a friend or the library, it's not worth spending any money on.
Time for Scarpetta and maybe even Cornwell to retire and stay there. On a scale of 1 to 10 this book is about a minus 2.
While I used to find the characters entertaining and likeable this time I just found Lucy naïve and Marino pathetic. I also got the distinct impression that fame has gone to Scarpettas head as she’s portrayed as the only one who knows anything about anything! I don’t know what Patricia Cornwell was thinking by pushing the characters in the directions she chose but I felt it backfired as instead of finding the characters likeable and real I found them annoying and distant.
I’m afraid my love affair with Patricia Cornwell may well have reached its climax after Trace. It’s time to find another thriller writing to keep me awake at night!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book ,love them all,can't put them down once I start reading!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Usual Scarpetta standard but not as good as the earlier books in the series.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book from a great author and an awesome read. The service and speed of delivery was great too.Published 7 months ago by Jason Markland