Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta #8)
Virginia Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has a bloody puzzle on her hands: five headless, limbless cadavers in Ireland, plus four similar victims in a landfill back home. Is a serial butcher loose in Virginia? That's what the panicked public thinks, thanks to a local TV reporter who got the leaked news from her boyfriend, Scarpetta's vile riv...more
This is the 8th of 20 in the series, and, hav...more
It's a perfectly fine mystery book, where instead of a cop or a reporter, it's a medical examiner who leads the way. Very Rizzoli & Isles, if you ask me. It's possible that this book was somehow groundbreaking when it first came out, but somehow I don't feel that it was. There were also a lot of open-ended story lines that didn't get resolved. I'm giving Cornwell the benefit of the doubt that thes...more
Narrator: C.J. Critt
Publisher: Recorded Books, 2004
Length: 11 hours and 12 min.
Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life, and a triumph for #1 New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell.
The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked...more
This is the first Patricia Cornwell book I've read and I somewhat like it. I love the main character's attitude, namely Dr. Kay Scarpetta. I like that she's firm with a lot of gentleness and kindness to people who needs it.
I hate Ring, too bad the book doesn't say if he's been punished. Maybe that will be in the next Cornwell book.
I just don't like how the book ended. It's like it's cut short and I had no inkling whodunit becau...more
We start off in Dublin, where Dr. Scarpetta is giving a series of lectures. Conveniently, she's also investigating a series of gruesome serial killings identical to some back in Virginia. The killer severs the head--always at t...more
i mean, really? that's it? there's a new strain of smallpox out there and THAT is how you end it? how did it get to tangier island? what really was up with the motivation for the deadoc? why wait so long? did the rabbit die?
bah. i was going along great until i realized there were five pages left.
also, can marino have someone love him? while i ap...more
In this episode of the ongoing ridiculous adventures of Kay Scarpetta, som...more
It is narrated by the same person that does the Stephanie Plum series so it took a while to get used to her voice not being Stephanie's. The books was a bit wordy and techincal in places. Also, there were quite a few secondary characters that were hard t...more
A psychopath with an intimate knowledge of death has an even more intimate knowledge of Kay Scarpetta-and many different plans to kill her.
Virginia Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has a bloody puzzle on her hands: five headless, limbless cadavers in Ireland, plus four similar victims in a landfill back home. Is a serial butcher loose in Virginia? That's what the panicked public thinks, thanks to a local TV reporter who got the leaked news from her boyfriend, Scarpetta's vile...more
This book was published in 1997, and seemed dated. Much of th...more
Much of the book held my attention, but a couple of times the plot wasn't complete where a paragraph could...more
Scarpetta, a pathologist has headless bodies all around her, but one particular body has her confused, an elderly woman practically starved to death, dismembered and headless does not fit with the other bodies. What adds to her confusion is the fact that not only is this lady an elderly lady but she has been decapitated and dismembered covered in some thick oilcloth, she finds fibers attached to the sawed off bones, the victim has some stra...more
The beginning of the book focuses on the hunt for a serial killer who dismembers his victims. This killer has been working both in Ireland and in the United States. Dr. Scarpetta has been looking at the evidence from both the countries. About half way through the book, a new victim shows up who has been dismembered, but not quite in the same way, and also with possible small pox lesions...more
Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, lawyer and doctor, is back and this time she's investigating what seems to be biological warfare, persons purposely infected with a smallpox like virus.
The last few books in the series were real clunkers, with awkward and stiff dialogue and some unrealisticly over dramatic plot. This book's much better, although some of the dialogue is still stilted and rough. For instance,...more
-I think it's ridiculously sad that one of Kay's staff or colleagues has to die in every book.
-It's also pretty far-fetched that Kay, as the chief medical examiner for the state, has a personal face-to-face encounter with the killer at the end of every book. I don't expect my fictional ente...more
This book has to be more engrossing than all of the books in the series so far. Mostly because this virus was so interesting and I just had to know more about it and the outbreak that could potentially occur. The descriptive detail was quite graphic and I found myself cringing as I was reading the gruesome description.
Kay’s behaviour in this book was so irritating. Allow me this pa...more
This latest caper is almost a 'Kay saves the world' thing. A human torso begins as a simple morbid murder but ends up being just the opening act of a pox virus that will e...more
Cornwell, Patricia - 3th kay Scarpetta
A sadistic serial killer, the weapon a deadly virus Dublin, Ireland and Richmond, Virginia: separated by thousands of miles - linked by murder. For Dr Kay Scarpetta a lecture stint in Ireland provides the perfect opportunity to find out if the murders on both sides of the Atlantic are indeed connected. Five dismembered, beheaded bodies were found in Ireland five years ago - now four have been discovered in the States. But the tenth corp...more
Truly, I have rarely encountered such a compelling, complex, conflicted -- yet utterly competent and professional -- protagonist in all of my reading.
Cornwell has her finger on the pulse of the trials of being a modern Superwoman, with Scarpetta's struggle to reconcile her demanding job and a very sympathetic colleague who wants to marry her. Her personal self-doubt coupled with her sometime sheer weariness in her distasteful-but-necessary medical exam...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre...more