The Scarpetta Factor (Kay Scarpetta #17)
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta-despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN- to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all,...more
Since The Body Farm, Cornwell has increasingly given over her books to a sort of public self-examination. She uses the pages of the Scarpetta series to work out her own issues, turning her characters into a sort of Greek Chorus for her...more
I am convinced that Kay Scarpetta is a thinly disguised Pat Cornwell and I can't help wondering why she hat...more
Thank you Miss Cornwell!
Even though I have a lovely hard cover I have started listening to this take...must say thus far I am impressed.
I continued to be impressed. If the other Scarpetta novels are this well researched (the forensics side sounded really accurate, I can only guess the bomb and...more
It took me 4 months to read a paperback. I NEVER take that long it was just slow and just hard to read that I kept having to put it down and do something else. It makes me terrib...more
While I continue to be a Cornwell fan, I've grown more than a little weary of the continued belly button gazing in the series. Way too much time spent on the personal lives a...more
This just didn't do it for me like the older pre-Benson-came-back-to-life Scarpettas.
Kay is definitely losing her mojo, as evidenced by her not being able to learn to use a cell phone (Really, Kay? C'mon now you are a brilliant doctor and you can't use a Blackberry?) It's sad to watch. Plus she's not cooking up a storm like she used to. I miss her.
Marino. Oh, Marino, what have they done to you? I am really, really mad at Cornwell for ruining this character. What he did to Kay in the last b...more
On the plus side, Cornwell is a good w...more
Without beating around the bush, I found this one an extremely boring and frustrating read. Even the "exciting" scenes (such as when Kay has a bomb-scare in her apartment) are irritatingly slow. The sheer amount of scientific jargon in this one also left me cold, and all the characters seemed wrapped up in their own problems and unable to be nice to anyone around them...more
I have read all of Cornwell's Scarpetta books and absolutely devoured the first ones. Maybe it's that I haven't read any in quite a while...or maybe...just maybe I couldn't finish this one because Cor...more
It is usually pleasurable for me to start a book with recurring characters; I like the comfort level of running into someone I'm acquainted with, not starting over etc. Somehow, that never happened with this book:
. . . People I thought I knew didn't feel familiar;
. . . People I thought were dead re-appeared;
. . . Chara...more
The most convoluted, uninteresting storyline ever. I liked the early Cornwell books but the latter few, leading up to the Marino assault, I found tiresome. I stopped reading after that assault but picked up a copy of this free, so gave it a go for old time's sake.I really shouldn't have bothered. It was very badly written - and while I disagree with the direction Cornwell has been taking recently and the way she allowed her characters evolve over time, her books were usually relatively well-wri...more
The story revolves around two unique murders. One involves the mysterious murder of a jogger found in Central Park. It quickly becomes clear that her time of death was much earlier than expe...more
The title is intended to refer to the main character's newfound role as a CNN expert, but the book should have been called The Scarpetta Characters' Internal Conflicts. The first 270 pages were filled with detailed (and often repetitive) narration of the characters' inner struggles, with almost no progression of plot. Quite lite...more
Apart from these problems, the plot was just, I don't know, weak, with all these re...more
The book had a lot going on but the various story lines were all organized and easy to follow and, in the end, all somehow linked. There was enough mystery to keep me interest...more
Die altbewährten Darsteller Scarpetta, Benton, Marino, Lucy und Jamie befinden sich immer noch in New York. Eine Joggerin wurde ermordet und eine betrügerische Finanzberaterin ist verschwunden. Scarpetta soll in einer Talkshow vorgeführt und per Briefbombe verletzt werden. Gelingt beides nicht. Ein Nekrophiler geht um. Ein unfähiger, kranker Profiler mit Hörschaden bringt sich um. Jamie misstraut Lucy und umgekehrt, emotionales Dram...more
Where do I begin with my reaction to this one? Seemed better than the previous, Scarpetta, although I'm starring them the same.
I thought Dr. Scarpetta was supposed to be into the forensics end of the criminal investigation. What happened to the forensics? For that matter, what happened to the poor dead "jogger" in the park? Her case seemed to get lost in the mountains of angst among the investigating "team." This book, similar to the last, spent more time on the psychological issues of the "tea...more
Scarpetta has a dead body of a runner on her table that is causing her problems. Nothing about the crime looks right and the Biograph watch that was left on the body is more confusing when there isn't any information (on the internet) about it. Lucy and Berger are together and ha...more
The book isn't as good as her early work (which is actually very good) but I enjoyed it. I enjoy the level of detail and she really does very thorough research. I've worked at Bellevue in the men's forensic inpatient unit...more
What could have been story of a potentially corrupt actor (a la Fatty Bulger) and a definitely corrupt "psychologist," not to mention t...more
One thing that I liked about this book in particular was the look into why Benton had to go into protective custody for 6 years. The past couple of books hadn't gone into detail, so it was nice to get the real reasons. As a psychology major, I can also appreciate the forensic psychology brought about in this book.
That being said, I'm highly disappointed. The characters have evolved, whic...more
3.0 out of 5 stars Complex and absorbing..., August 29, 2010
This review is from: The Scarpetta Factor (Hardcover)
This novel, the seventeenth in the series featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, is full of the forensic details, cutting edge FBI analysis protocols, and technological advances that Patricia Cornwell is known for writing. The well known and much-loved characters are all together again as they work a complex case that perplexes and engages them in various facets of the investigation. Lucy and...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Cre...more