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Point Of Origin (Kay Scarpetta #9)

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“Sears its way into the psyche” (ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION) with a NEW PACKAGE and NEW AUTHOR INTRODUCTION.

The clues to a series of remorseless killings go up in smoke—and only Kay Scarpetta can find them.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Berkley (first published 1998)
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_inbetween_
More of the same. Dedicated "with love to Barbara Bush". The way Scarpetta keeps oggling her naked niece's body gets more and more disturbing, esp. since I doubt Cornwell will make a real f/f incest case out of this. Poor Benton has his "still surprisingly supple" body dutifully admired, and pale feet like her niece.
The blurb as usual proclaims not only that she does it best and has bad imitators, but that this one is "her best and bleakest" (don't get up my hopes - or maybe that just means the
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Heather
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Holly
Number Nine in the Series. Ok, you've read a series of mystery books before. Is it ever a good idea when the same serial killer shows up for the third time (at least)? And the killer just happens to be the former lover of the lesbian niece? Desperation thy name is Cornwell.
Matt
Scarpetta returns in an explosive thriller sure to send fans rushing out to read it. When a fire at a horse farm leaves a mysterious body in the rubble, Scarpetta is tasked by ATF to investigate. All fingers point to the farm's owner, whose known to Scarpetta from past media encounters. Could the body and the fire be the work of someone with a larger agenda? Meanwhile, an old nememis escapes from prison with the goal of wreaking havoc on Scarpetta's life. The story comes to a head when paths cro ...more
Hillary Woody
Recently someone handed me a bag of paperbacks and asked if I wanted to borrow them. Well, of course, I did. But I answered without really looking. And when I did look, I noticed that approximately 6 of the 8 books were Jodi Picoult. And those’ll be great in a week or so when I get on a plane, but in the meantime I needed something else. It was the middle of the night—no bookstore or library open—so I picked one of the non-Picoult’s: Patricia Cornwell’s Point of Origin.
Point of Origin is one of
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Laura
Just arrived from Germany through Bookmooch.

One you've read one book by Patricia Cornwell, you won't find anything different or so original in the following books.
Kelv
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Barbara
This book is what I consider the last good Scarpetta novel; all the books that follow it (The Last Precinct, Blowfly, Predator, et al) are hardly worth the paper they're printed on.

The plot centers on the suspected arson of a media magnate's home which resulted in the death of one female and several prize horses. A new villain enters the picture (Newton Joyce), and he's aided by serial killer Carrie Grethen, newly escaped from prison. There's a subplot involving Benton Wesley, Scarpetta's FBI p
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Anya
Thank heavens, I finally finished the damn thing. I never thought I would!

It's hard to tell what put me off most.

Was it the way Dr Scarpetta was unnaturally fascinated by her niece's body?

Or maybe it was the sudden and illogical death of Benton? Granted, I didn't read the first 8 books (had I know there were 8 previous books, I would have never read this one) so maybe there were reasons mentioned in other books that justified the sudden killing of Benton. But to me, a newby in Dr Scarpetta's w
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stephanie
i liked carrie being back, but . . . i wanted resolution!

the whole thing with benton is really annoying me. i hear the series takes a turn for the better after The Book of the Dead and it's not like i'm going to be putting down these books any time soon, but man, i just don't like them very much right now.

i also find it fascinating that cornwell has written such a strong, smart homosexual character in lucy, while being a lesbian herself. i wonder why she didn't come out earlier? i mean, i know
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Dev
(2.6)Full disclosure: These books diminished in quality but I was stuck w/a 4 e-book bundle of stories 11-14 so I'm determined to get there and get my money's worth.

My problem w/these books and those like them is the dichotomy that the better the characterizations the more I feel sorry for the main character and her never ending sea of trouble and anguish. The type of crime stories just treadmill on and on and the poor character has to suffer through many near death experiences, the violent deat
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LA Carlson
Feb 06, 2013 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime novel junkies
Recommended to LA by: reading the entire series
Shelves: fiction
For anyone who has started reading this series from the beginning as I have been doing; Scarpetta is constantly transforming herself as she investigates a deadly fire involving humans and animals. I felt this novel revealed a more human Scarpetta; she comes face-to-face with the loss of someone dear, a reference to O.J. Simpson, eats at Burger King with her niece and speaks openly about homosexuality which has been building over the last few books and unless I missed it before Lucy's last name i ...more
Nicol
This plot has the Cornwell classic of leaving important storylines out of the books - suddenly Lucy is ATF with a line of explanation that of course explains nothing - could that had not been a good subplot? The Gault plot is in fact not over and Catherine comes back with a vengeance. This another a book where you begin to like Kay less and less - it's never clear her all the sudden ambivalence towards Benton - and Cornwell decides to kill off a perfectly good character - one of the only ones re ...more
Penny
Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting forensic pathologist for the fedreral law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to an isolated farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of violent and grisly murder. The fire has come at the same time as Carrie Grethen, a killer who nearly destroyed the lives of scarpetta and those closest to her, has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital. Her whereabouts a ...more
Elen Sentier
Hmm … well … Cornwell and Scarpetta are such a curate’s egg for me. The books are readable and so far I’ve always finished them but, for me, they could be much better. My biggest problem is that Scarpetta doesn’t grow; she’s stuck in her ways and terrified of change … as such she gets damned boring! Lucy’s new boss Teun McGovern says this of her in this book, “You’re awfully straight and narrow, aren’t you, Kay?” and so she is. Cornwell makes her say in response to this that this isn’t how she s ...more
Bev Taylor
a kay scarpetta mystery

a farmhouse is destroyed by fire. a body among the ruins

h/e she is not the owner and she has been murdered

then the fire and bodies build up

this co-incides with another deadly surprise. carrie grethen an ingenious killer who once nearly destroyed the lives of kay and those nearest to her has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital

her whereabouts r unknown but kay knows her ultimate destination will be her - as carries has been communicating with her

good plot but
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Duncan Mandel

“Sears its way into the psyche” (ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION) with a NEW PACKAGE and NEW AUTHOR INTRODUCTION.

The clues to a series of remorseless killings go up in smoke—and only Kay Scarpetta can find them.

**

Amazon.com Review

When your everyday life is filled with death it's easy to find yourself a little edgy. The audio version of Patricia Cornwell's Point of Origin gives fans of her familiar heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a little something extra, a chance to hear the deep hurt and burning c

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Patricia
Carrie Grethen is back – as in on the very first page, back. She has sent Kay Scarpetta a letter, scrawled in red, full of disjointed phrasing. But as Benton Wesley studies the letter, he realizes that those disjointed ramblings are really challenges, threats and promises. At this point, Carrie has been in a facility for the criminally insane in New York City for the last five years, and her trial on multiple murder charges is but a month away.

Before Kay and Benton can fully absorb either the me
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Kathryn
This is the ninth novel (published in 1998) of the crime mystery series starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. I very much enjoyed listening to this audiobook, especially since this was an unabridged recording of the book, and found this to be a very good addition to the series.



This story begins with Dr. Scarpetta being called in to help investigate a fire, which destroyed the mansion and extensive stables of African-American publisher Kenneth Sparks; it is
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Athy
I have just started this book and am enjoying it. It turns out my doctor went to school with Patricia Cornwell. I love how she is so exact with her writing and the science of it all. She does alot of research.
I finished this while I was at the beach. I couldn't stop once I got to the last 100 or so pages. I guess you could say that I am now a Patricia Conrwell fan. I am heading to the thrift shop to track down some more of these!!
Kristy Roland
This is the first Scarpetta book I've read, so coming into a series in the middle can be tough. I had to also take into consideration that this book was written in 1998. Back then, Cornwell was on top of her game for this genre. I did enjoy this book even though I considered it slow and not so much a thriller as it should have been. I can understand why readers love her so much, though. All of these characters were new to me, so I didn't get all of their back story which made me feel that some o ...more
Marie
I listened to this on tape, and I had a horrible time staying interested in the story. I think that Patricia Cornwell really lost it about this point in her writing career. I finally gave up 1/3 of the way through the book, and I will not be reading any more of her books. I was getting sick of the characters and the plots!
Kahri Lynn
This is the first Scarpetta novel where I have begun to lose interest. I did not find the characters nearly as compelling and, in fact, found them to be rather carboard-cutoutish. Plan on going on with the series but hoping it gets better.
Sharon
Initially slow going, but the pace picked up. I'm still getting tired of the interplay between Kay and her niece, Lucy. Kay's thoughts and actions are not what I'm expecting from an older, well educated role model. Her niece is on her own and quite capable and Kay seems to cling to her more than necessary. But the plot of the story was gripping at times and even though I'd read the series out of order and already knew about the death of one of her friends, I didn't know the circumstances and thi ...more
Hila
A high-profile fire in a small North Carolina town pulls Kay Scarpetta away from her vacation with Benton Wesley to help sift through debris and be present in case they find the home-owner who is suspected to have been inside the house. While the media mogul they expect to find turns up alive and well elsewhere, a body is discovered: that of a young woman. The fire baffles the experts, including Kay's niece Lucy, because they cannot figure out how a fire got as hot as this one without a fuel sou ...more
Barbara

This complex story looks at the true evil in men’s soul that uses arson to attempt to cover up murder. The psychopaths are among us: “The attractive, intelligent person sitting next to you on a plane, standing behind you in line, meeting you backstage, hooking up with you on the Interned. Brothers, sisters, classmates, sons, daughters, lovers……look like you and me.”

“…one did not have to be a detective or profiler or chief medical examiner to be a potential target. Most victims were vulnerable. T
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Kaz
It wasn't as thrilling as I hoped, but it could be because I hadn't read this series's book 5 & 6, or...? The most part of the book went on under the fear of Carrie Grethen, along with mysterious arson cases. Because I don't know how this woman was supposed to be a scary intelligent psycho, it didn't do much trick on me. After 4/5th of the story passed, then it finally got interesting. In some way, I can say it was predictable and too obvious. When I put like this, I feel I love reading grue ...more
Valeriane
Neuvième tome de la série "Kay Scarpetta" , dans ce tome notre médecin légiste doit faire face aux agressions d'un tueur pyromane. L'histoire débute avec l'incendie du ranch d'une célébrité des médias. Rien n'a été épargné, pas même ses chevaux. L'incendie aurait pris dans la salle de bain, mais le point de départ du brasier est assez mystérieux. Un corps gît également dans la baignoire. Il ne s'agit pas du propriétaire des lieux. Alors que Kay était sensée prendre quelques jours de vacances ave ...more
Tara
I know I've said it all before, but why? Why doesn't Lucy have a license to carry a weapon and fly aircrafts and any other thing that is dangerous. Is she smart? Yes. Is she mentally unstable? Yes. There is absolutely no way that she passed any kind of psych evaluation to work with such important data. I'm not sure she could pass the psych eval to work at a supermarket. Now Dr. KS is a whole other story. She is just whiny. She doesn't want anything until it's gone. Maybe Marino should try walkin ...more
JBradford
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