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From Potter's Field
Patricia Cornwell
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From Potter's Field (Kay Scarpetta #6)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  36,635 ratings  ·  499 reviews
In New York, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner, matches wits with a sadistic killer who operates in the subway tunnels. After killing a transit policeman he infiltrates the FBI's computers and sends her taunting messages while continuing to kill.
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Published 2003 by SIMON AND SHUSTER AUDIO (first published January 1st 1995)
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Boy! This booked pissed me off!

Normally I would give this book a better review, but no. This book has all the angst and mystery that you expect from a Patricia Cornwell novel. The plot is a continuation of a storyline started in a previous novel, the pursuit of Temple Gault. Gault is just as dark and manipulative as in the other books and you race to the climax of the book to see if he will get away to torment Kay Scarpetta in the next novel, or will this chapter finally reach its conclusion?

Brigid Keely
"From Potter's Field," by Patricia Cornwell, is the 6th book in the Kay Scarpetta series... a series that is increasingly frustrating for me as a reader.

There are some things that Cornwell does really well, and some things she does poorly. The scene were an out-of-control and panicked Scarpetta tries to regain control and calm by making dinner for everyone despite not having groceries? That's a wonderful scene, emotional and true and very in character. The increasingly dark and gross portrayal
Joana Esteves
Foi a minha estreia com esta série e com esta autora e, talvez em parte por minha culpa, soube-me a pouco.

Assumo esta parte de culpa uma vez que li este livro isoladamente mesmo sabendo que é o sexto de uma série, o que pode ter contribuído para nunca me ter conseguido sentir suficientemente envolvida com as personagens e com a própria história (até porque, já depois da leitura, vi em algumas reviews que o caso que aqui se resolve já tinha "aparecido" em alguns dos livros anteriores). No entant
The at-least-three novels that were all "about" Temple Gault (birth name, srsly) showed an obvious progression, or is it digression when it gets worse? The problem was less that I have a dozen of those books, it's that the two I bought outside the series are now spoiled to me. I had really liked Hornet's Net and thought it smart and witty and showing a different type of m/f relationship, so I ran to get the follow up - then never read it. NOW I see how Cornwell went from her first novels (which ...more
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
Excellent book. Once again Cornwell has produced a fast paced action packed book. You can just feel the tension. Two books ago Gault (the bad guy) was introduced to the series and finally in this book it comes to a close. The only thing I didn't like was it left you hanging on whether or not Carrie (Gaults accomplice and Scarpettas niece's ex lover) was caught. If she hasn't been then I am quite sure we haven't seen the last of her. Once again Scarpetta is still having her affair with her collea ...more
Kari Ramirez
Ugh. Worst series ever. I gave Kay Scarpetta a heroic try, dragging myself through 6 awful books waiting for things to get better, but they never did. At least the boring Temple Gault (horrendous name by the way) is over and done with. I have so many gripes about this series it's hard to know where to begin.

First off, isn't she the medical examiner? Shouldn't she be doing more corpse examining? Why is she always running off somewhere to go investigate? I understand the consultant forensic pathol
Elizabeth Penrose
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner and FBI consultant. For years she has helped the government track the notorious serial killer Temple Gault, whose victims are easily recognized due to his distinct killing patterns. After eluding capture over a long period of time, Gault begins killing again, and Scarpetta and her partner Pete Marino are sent to investigate the body of Gault’s latest victim. The pair meet up with Commander Frances Penn, Chief Benton Wesley, and several other FBI and police ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I am liking Kay Scarpetta less and less. She seems bossy, intolerant except to her neurotic niece, and anything but a team member. She chooses to ignore some evidence which is painful to the reader. I felt like shouting at her at times. Why is it that so many main characters do so many stupid things in their investigations which land them in grave danger? I realize that the danger is part of the plot, but there are plenty of danger spots in a real investigation without doing something that your ...more
Cornwell returns with a captivating novel that seeks to tie together the loose threads from the previous two. With a serial killer still on the loose, Scarpetta becomes his main focus, after being offered up an odd Christmas present. When an unidentified woman is found murdered in Central Park, Scarpetta goes to investigate as part of the FBI consulting team. Trying to piece things together, Scarpetta soon realises that the killer, Temple Gault, is more interested in ensuring that all the killin ...more
Perhaps _From Potter's Field_ was not the best Patricia Cornwall book for me to start with. I always hear the hype about the Kay Scarpetta books, but the quality of the writing and the author's knowledge of her subject seems, well, weak. I had always assumed Cornwall was or had been a medical examiner. Halfway through _From Potter's Field_ I found myself looking for her bio and was not at all surprised that she actually had been a crime reporter and worked as tech writer and a computer analyst i ...more
Thom Swennes
Sep 05, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To everyone
Story plots are generally constructed by opposites; heroes and villains, the better the one, the more diabolically contrasting the other; in From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell pits Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist Kate Scarpetta against the ever illusive and increasingly unpredictable and violent psychopath Temple Brooke Gault. Kate moves north of Virginia to the Big Apple where her arch-enemy has started again. An unknown and naked woman is found murdered in the snows of Central Park ...more
Peggy Barker
From Potters Field was the most riveting story I've read so far from the Scarpetta series. Captain Marino was a riot, as usual, and Lucy is growing up whether her Auntie Kay likes it or not. Benton Wesley seems more uptight as the FBI gets closer to capturing Temple Brooks Gault. Since Gault appeared in #4 and wasn't caught in #5, I was more than happy to bid good riddance to that psychopath in #6. Hooray!!!!

Kay is feeling insecure because of Benton's actions and I honestly hope that she lets go
Edward Beavers
The end of a monster

The Kay Scarpetta stories keep giving you a good ride for mystery readers and police procedural readings. The story keeps you riveted to the book and the progress even as you wonder if and how it all will end.
I'm probably being generous with a 2-star rating. I didn't think much of this book. A few good scenes, but overall it wasn't very thrilling or suspenseful and the climax was a let down. This is my second Cornwell read, and I didn't particularly like the Scarpetta character in the last one ("The Body Farm") and I really don't like the character now. And I don't like Cornwell's writing--which goes hand in hand with not liking the Scarpetta character since she writes in the first person. There's se ...more
Que el personaje creado por Patricia Cornwell sea antipático, egocéntrico y megalómano, no me hecho me resultan hasta simpáticos los delirios de persecución de la Dra Scarpetta. Lo que no soporto es la manera tan previsible en la que se desarrollan sus historias, quedándose simplemente en entretenidas. Pero la lectura de Una Muerte Sin Nombre ha generado el interés que en su momento me produjo Postmorten y Jota De Corazones. Novela adictiva y con un alto nivel de intriga y suspenso. ...more
Once again Kay Scarpetta is matching wits with Gault. This time he makes it more personal as he takes possessions from her and invades her space. Along the way he continues to murder people. Gault is no longer just a killer to Dr. Kay, but someone whom she comes to know better so that she can stop him. The search takes her from South Carolina to New York City and gets her into trouble with one of the armed services. Who prevails? Does he remain alive to appear in another novel? Skillfully writte ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Sue rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: novels, never-again
This is the first of the Kay Scarpetta novels that I've read myself, I've heard another serialised (and heavily abridged)on the radio. Apparently this was the third about a sadistic killer named Temple Brooks Gault, but it didn't really matter that I hadn't read the others.
I feel almost guilty hating a really gritty novel by a woman author, but from Potter's Field is unremittingly tense and bleak, full of not very rounded and mostly depressed characters. I made myself finish it and was relieved
C.C. Thomas
Cornwell has to be my favorite writer and Scarpetta my favorite mystery series. I can always count on these books to give me the chills with thrills, boggle my brain with a mystery, and touch a tender spot in my heart for all the characters that are too well-written to be fiction.

In this installment, Scarpetta and her less-than-merry sidekick Marino narrowly escape death on a Christmas charity drive before they're called in to solve the murder that happens right in front of their eyes. All is no
Luke Maraffi
This fast paced crime fiction novel is a classic example of a suspenseful, well rounded, intriguing and very complicated mysterious story. While trying to unravel why a dead body was found in Central Park around Christmas, the evidence that mounts to a thrilling and heavily evolved case is described throughout this whole book. Cornwell's novel successfully captures the intensity of such a harsh crime and what comes with analyzing and evaluating who did it. This novel really demonstrates how invo ...more
Katie Lee
หมอเคย สการเพตตา - ไมมีอะไรโดดเดน นอกจากมนุษยปาวัยกลางคนนางหนึงทีเหมือนจะเปนตัวเดนของเรือง แตกไมมีความชัดเจน นอกจากนางแอบลักลอกเปนชูกับเพือนรวมงานทีมีเมียแลว

พลอตเรือง - ฆาตกรโหดชือ "กอลต" ทีฆาสาวนิรนาม ซึงสุดทายปรากฏวาเปนนองสาวของตัวเอง เพราะความอิจฉา อยากไดรองเทาบูธ และความอิจฉาในวัยเดก( แอะ !?! wtf ) สำหรับคนทีดู Criminal minds หรือ CSI มากอน คงหงุดหงิดไมนอย เพราะกวาจะวิเคราะหโปรไฟลคนรายไดปาไปครึงเลม กวาจะหาเอกลักษณบุคคลของเหยือกคอนเลม และแทนทีจะสัมภาษณครอบครัวฆาตกรกอดันไปอยูทายเลม มีบทสนทนาท
This novel is the sixth book in the series starring Kay Scarpetta, the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. I found it to be a very good book, although I do consider it a bad sign when even I figure out one of the major plot points half-way through the book. (If I were a hunting dog, I’d go baying after every red herring dragged across my path.)

The book begins on a very cold Christmas Eve in Richmond, Virginia, with Scarpetta and Pete Marino (now a Precinct Captain) assisting the lo
Jeffrey Bruff
I'm a huge fan of Kate Scarpetta and Patricia Cornwell she doe an excellent job of keeping her character sympathetic and interesting. Which when you write many books about the same person can be a challenge.She also has a way making the villain hateful yet you want to know about him or her.Her heroine appears brilliant but also suffers from the same thing s the rest of us do.All and all another fine read
Considering that I'm reading the series in order, this book has been the most boring and poorly written one. It didn't feel tense even once, despite the last twenty pages which were meant to be tense, but nothing else than being a pain in the ass to read.

Characters were somehow all annoying, far from creating sympathy on the reader. And this personal addiction of the criminal for Kay Scarpetta became a boring plot already. I don't know how long this will last. Considering the whole number of the
I picked this up off the shelf in the office kitchen. I've read others by Cornwell and enjoyed them well enough but this one didn't do it for me. The protagonist is abrasive and irrational and I just didn't care about the resolution.
Catnip (Antonija)
Temple Gault gave and will keep on giving me the creeps for the rest of my life. The perfect sociopath. He is such a perfect serial killer-sick,twisted and really disturbing. It gets you while you read and I'm so glad he is no more.

I read this in one breath. It was tense, interesting and as I already said,disturbing.
Although it was by far better than the rest of the books considering the gruesome crimes, Kay was the factor that made me give four star rating. She is so goddamn stubborn that I jus
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
I really love these Kay Scarpetta books. This one is really good, but a bit gruesome in places. Some of it is that there is a lot of technical medical examiner stuff in here that some may fond bothersome, but which really is part and parcel of the story, so it needs to be there. I think the technical stuff adds a dimension of reality to the story that makes it seem that much more realistic and therefore sometimes terrifying (at least to me). Not a book I should be reading just before bed... so b ...more
Kendra Jo
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Emily-Jane Orford
You can’t judge a book by its cover. Certainly not if it’s highlighted with the label: #1 New York Times Best Seller. What do they do with these labels? Sell them. They must. It certainly doesn’t say much for the label when the book doesn’t live up to the accolades. This was the first book that I read by this author and I must say I was disappointed. There was a good plot – somewhere in the story. But I was lost on the first page and that is never a good sign. The book started with a long, run-o ...more
J.L. Campbell
I enjoyed this book because Scarpetta was pitted against someone crafty intelligent, a risk taker who kept me turning the pages. Having not read a Scarpetta novel in years, I was surprised by her relationship with Wesley (who is married), but was relieved that neither of them tried to justify what they were doing.

The complex relationships within the story tied in with Gault, who also had his own familial issues. Scarpetta herself seemed beset by troubling relationships – the one with Wesley, he
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Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in 1990 while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature.

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