La chimica della morte (David Hunter, #1)
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La chimica della morte (David Hunter #1)

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Quando il corpo bizzarramente mutilato di una giovane donna viene ritrovato nelle paludi che circondano il villaggio di Manham, sperduto nel Norfolk, il dottor David Hunter non piange solo la perdita di un'amica, ma è costretto a fare i conti con il proprio doloroso passato. Un tempo autorevole antropologo forense, David si è seppellito nella sonnolenta Manham per lasciars...more
Hardcover, Narratori stranieri, 442 pages
Published 2006 by Bompiani
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Given the unadulterated dreck that's so often foisted on fans of thriller/detective/murder mysteries - especially in the case of POD and self-published novels whose authors often have barely enough talent to write a check - *The Chemistry of Death* has one very important thing going for it: Beckett actually understands how to craft a decent English sentence. Unfortunately, two faults bog it down and keep it from being a star in the genre. First, no one has ever taught Beckett to murder his darli...more
Rating: 4.5 stars

This book grabbed me from the first page and never released its hold. Full of suspense, forensics and macabre rituals, it kept me guessing right till the end - I actually gasped at the reveal! It’s gory in places, shocking too, but it’s also warm (if that’s not too bizarre), intelligent and user-friendly - a thriller that makes you think and feel, rather than a straight forward chilling frenzy.

This is the first in a series, and I hope the next book Written in Bone is as compelli...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
This is another of my vacation reads that I am finally getting around to reviewing.

Saved by a big Finish - 2 Stars

It has taken me a while to get around to reviewing this one. The main reason is that I have been trying to think of something interesting to say about my experience. Problem is, there is not much interesting content to discuss.

The Plot

In this story we have David Hunter, a forensic anthropologist who tries to escape a painful past by taking the position of a small town family do...more

The first in Beckett’s David Hunter series, this is a fast-paced thriller set in rural Norfolk. It tells the story of Dr David Hunter, who has left his career as a forensic anthropologist in London following a personal tragedy and works as a general practitioner in a small village. When the mutilated body of a local woman is discovered, he is reluctantly drawn into the police investigation.

This novel has some attractive features. Beckett can write decent prose, his grasp of the technicalities o...more
This used to be a bestseller. I am very sceptical about bestsellers, because they were written for the masses. And if it's written for everybody to understand, it's usually stupid, generic and predictable. But even though this books had many flaws I actually enjoyed it, because it was written really well. The idea, the setting and the characters were shallow to be honest, but the atmosphere of the book was its major quality. Whenever you opened the book, you could dive in into Manham, the place...more
I recently read Mr. Beckett's third book in this series, Whispers of the Dead, & enjoyed it enormously which inspired me to go back & grab the first two.

The Chemistry of Death is the first in the series starring David Hunter, British forensic anthropologist. I love books with forensic detail & these are right up my alley.

I love the fact that this book starts out with one of my favorite beginnings in literature: Our hero (or heroine), escaping from a tragedy & into a new life acce...more
Ricardo Mendes
A química da morte é o primeiro livro do autor Simon Beckett e pela sinopse prometeu mas não cumpriu devidamente.

Passados 3 anos da sua chegada à aldeia o Dr. Dave Hunter ainda não se pode intitular um membro da pequena comunidade. Quando é encontrado um cadáver num estado avançado de decomposição e “embelezado” com penas de aves, Dave já sabe que não vai conseguir manter-se muito afastado desta investigação, mas antes o tivesse feito.

Existe um romance que surge durante a narração mas é logicame...more
Guter Stoff - ich habe sehr viel über Larven und Fliegen gelernt ;-). Der berühmte antroplogische Forensiker David Hunter igelt sich nach einem persönlichen Schicksalsschlag irgendwo in England auf dem Land ein und will fortan nur noch praktischer Arzt sein. Dabei holen ihn sein Ruf und seine berufliche Vergangenheit ein.

Wunderbar wird die verschworene Dorfgemeinschaft beschrieben, die sich verbissen und mit vollem Mißtrauen gegen alles Fremde und die Zugezogenen wehrt. Der Krimi weist sehr deta...more
Carol Kerry-green
Apr 14, 2010 Carol Kerry-green rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Hannahr
I really enjoyed this book, I felt there was a quality about Beckett's writing that was very descriptive, not just in the details of Hunter's findings, but in the way he portrayed the Norfolk village of Manham and its inhabitants. Dr David Hunter is a forensic anthropologist, one of only a handful of Brits who have studied at the Body Farm in the US, where the FBI use human cadavers to study the decomposition of the body, how long it takes, the way it decomposes etc. But at the opening of this f...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Reputo che un buon giallo/thriller sia quello che mi induca a curiosare qualche paginetta più in là, tanta è la voglia di vedere cosa succede; quella smania di saltare le pagine e arrivare a vedere cosa succede "dopo". Questo libro mi ha proprio indotto a cercare di sbirciare le pagine più avanti (ho dovuto farmi forza per non farlo davvero) e credo che questa smania sia meglio di molte parole e di tante stelline.

Buoni i personaggi, il protagonista è ben costruito e la trama è accattivante, mer...more
Carla Faleiro
Há livros que lemos porque fomos influenciadas por opiniões e não porque conhecemos o autor. Este foi um deles. Li pela net várias opiniões positivas e juntamente com a sinopse, decidi que talvez fossem uma boa escolha.
Quem me conhece sabe que os Policiasi ou Thrillers não são o meu género de leitura, mas confesso que ultimamente tenho descoberto muitos e bons livros.

Neste livro, logo desde inicio, que passamos a nutrir uma simpatia especial por David Hunter, que traz dentro de si a tristeza da...more
Eustacia Tan
I loved this book. And my cousin, who doesn't read very much but is trying to read more, loves it too. I believe he even said something along the lines of how it's a pity this book isn't more famous, because it's as good or better than some of the best-sellers out there.

The very first paragraph (which in literature is very important, since it sets the tone for the novel and helps the reader to decide if they're going to like the book), is arresting. The descriptions are graphic, but also curiou...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I read a review for this book, which I stumbled upon and took a closer look at, and decided to give it a go. This was a refreshing read, having just finished a Chris Mooney series, set in a small English country village, a Doctor who came there to get away from his tragic past and who leaves behind the big city (London) and his previous career as a Forensic Anthropology. He takes up a post as a G.P., in partnership with a doctor who has had a car accident, that has left him wheelchair bound. Soo...more
Fabio Gaiato
Segunda crítica.

Fiquei um bocado reticente em ler este livro mas sou apreciador da colecção minutos:contados, portanto parti do pressuposto que não seria muito diferente dos que li nessa mesma colecção, e de facto não é muito diferente. Minutos contados presencia-nos histórias a rondar o mistério, envolvidas num suspense,e a gerar criminosos com as mais variadas artes. A Química da Morte não foge muito ao tema habitual. Temos um protagonista com um passado/presente negro (isto porque os fantasma...more
Emoção e adrenalina do princípio ao fim.

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Apesar de ter uma suspeita da identidade do assassino (view spoiler) adorei o livro.

Neste primeiro livro conhecemos o Dr Hunter e o seu passado trágico, do qual ele foge a sete pés, e vamos conhecendo aos poucos a pequena e sinistra localidade de Manham. Uma aldeia no meio dos pântanos, onde toda a gente se conhece (ou assim pensam os populares) e onde os forasteiros não são verdadeiramente bem...more
Nachdem ich eher zufällig mit dem "Modebuch", das überall empfohlen wird, angefangen habe und ohne richtige Lust an das Lesen ging, wurde ich absolut überrascht.
Ich habe das Buch verschlungen wie schon lange keines mehr und musste mir sofort den 2. Teil der Reihe besorgen, weil ich einfach nur begeistert von Schreibstil und Geschichte war.
David Hunter lässt sich als Landarzt in einem kleinen Dorf nieder, nachdem seine Familie bei einem tragischen Unfall gestorben ist. Vollkommen Durcheinander fl...more
Devo dizer que este livro que custou um bocadinho a ler. Não porque a história seja má ou o autor não saiba escrever, o que não é de todo o caso, mas acho que quando lhe peguei não estava muito inclinada para ler um policial, o que acabou por afectar o meu ritmo de leitura e a forma como acabei por percepcionar a história.

Mas mesmo assim posso dizer que as expectativas que tinha em relação ao escritor foram cumpridas. Gostei da forma como escreve, embora não tenha conseguido deixar de comparar à...more
For those nights when you're too tired or too sick or too sick and tired to leave the house, and you want something quick in the crime vein, then this book might do the trick.

On the whole, however, it's not that good. The best thing about it is that you can read it in one quick gulp. (It *is* a page-turner, after all.) The disappointing thing is that it might have been a lot more interesting than it is. There's lots of CSI-y type detail (the protagonist is a former "forensic anthropologist"--a t...more
Shonna Froebel
I've read the sequel to this already and thoroughly enjoyed it, so went back to catch this one. David Hunter moved from London to rural Norfolk three years before to escape his life after his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. Hunter was a forensic anthropologist, but has taken on a job as a simple country doctor.
When a woman's body is discovered in the woods near where he lives, he struggles to not get involved, but under police pressure agrees to help with the enquiry. Life in th...more
Another fantastic read courtesy of Simon Beckett.
I loved every aspect of this story; the character of Dr. David Hunter, a man with a tragic past (but isn't all whiney about it, just very English), the forensic anthropology, the rural English setting (he also describes the claustrophobia that often comes with living in a small, isolated village perfectly) and the super-creepy murders, all off-set superbly by warped ritual activity and a genuinely unexpected conclusion.
I may have to track down Bec...more
Mark Shannon
Dr. David Hunter, an expert in the study of the decomposition of cadavers, has relocated from London to the bucolic village of Manham after a fatal automobile accident took the lives of his wife and daughter. As the new GP who knows he will never be accepted as one of the real inhabitants of the town, Hunter is content to retreat into himself and tend to the aches and pains of his patients. But the past calls him back when the body of a woman is found several days after her murder. Police are ba...more
Bella Grewal
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Den gavs ut redan för 6 år sedan, men jag har inte lyckats hitta Dödens kemi förrän nu. Stod på biblioteket i Linnéstan och misströstade. Ingen av böckerna jag planerat att låna var inne. Händer ytterst sällan, för jag brukar boka böckerna innan jag går till biblioteket. Så att jag vet att det jag vill ha finns. Min miss i planeringen resulterade i att jag travade fram och tillbaka längs hyllorna med deckare. Tog ut en bok...more
Jessica Becker
Meine Meinung
Zu Beginn des Thrillers werden die chemischen Prozesse des Körpers erklärt, die kurz nach dem Tod stattfinden. Nach diesem etwas merkwürdigen Einstieg lernt man den Protagonisten David Hunter kennen, der nach einem Unfall seine Frau und Tochter verloren hat, und sich auf dem Weg nach Manham befindet. Dort will er, scheinbar um mit seiner Vergangenheit abzuschließen, eine Stelle als Arzt in einer kleinen Praxis annehmen.
Dort holt ihn seine Vergangenheit jedoch wieder ein, als er nac...more
Peggy Walker
This book is about an English forensic scientist who becomes a country doctor after experiencing a personal tragedy. This is evidently the first in a series of books "starring" David Hunter and was a very enjoyable read. There is a lot of forensic detail and a fair amount about decomposition, so if you are squeamish, beware!!! There is a fair amount of misdirection, which is done fairly well. I would definitely check out another of his books.

Rating clarification: 3.5 stars

Warning animal lovers this book involves scenes with animal torture in it. There's also a lot of dead animals used in the plot. While I'm aware that humans are also tortured and killed in this book and that realistically psychopaths do indeed torture and kill animals, I found the details of the animal cruelty harder to stomach.

Buddy read with Kim.

Gut geschriebener Krimi, der mal wieder zeigt, dass dieses Genre mehr als jedes andere den aktuellen Stand der Wissenschaft auf unterhaltsame, spannende Weise vermitteln kann. Auch die Atmosphäre in einer Kleinstadt, die sich gegen alles Neue verschwört, ist überzeugend. Die Auflösung des Falls ist vielleicht weniger überzeugend, ist am Ende aber auch zweitrangig.
It's a good crime novel, but not more than that. If like me you've read many crime novels before, all these stories start to sound the same. It is well written, enjoyable to read, there's the usual suspense etc. it just didn't get me excited, I could easily put this book down and I wasn't surprised by the ending. All in all, pretty average.
I read the second book before this one and now I was really excited to find out how the series began. Well, it start’s with two children who found a corpse. David Hunter is the physician of the village. And he didn’t want to help the police and step back in his old job. Why you will hear during the book and also the reason why he moved from London to a isolated village. That was very interesting to get more background around David.
Yeah the story is really good written. The people are very good d...more
Good Reads never disappoints. This is the 1st book by this author I have read since I tend to be a location snob & only like to read murder mysteries set in locations I may some day be able to actually see & the United Kingdom is not on my agenda anytime soon. I did enjoy this book as it took a few twists & turns I did not see coming & even when I thought I had it figured out the author lulled me into doubting my pick of bad guy so that when it was revealed I was totally taken by...more
Liked it. Four out of five stars, deduction of one star because of the dragging of suspense. Cleverly written, original story. Red herrings a bit too obvious, so that also leads to the deduction of the one star. Very engaging read, pulls you in. Page turner, definitely.Probably I'll go for the sequel.
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi...more
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