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The Last Precinct (Kay Scarpetta #11)

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The new era of Scarpetta begins…

In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Patricia Cornwell takes her readers deeper into Kay Scarpetta’s heart and soul than ever before….

Thwarting an attack by a suspected serial killer puts Virginia’s Chief Medial Examiner Kay Scarpetta in the harsh glare of the spotlight. As her personal and professional lives come under suspicion,
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Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 2000)
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Mappi
Overall - 1/5 : Dog catching its tail again !

Plot - 0/5 : Complicated everything. Continuing from Black Notice-the previous chapter, this book tells nothing, but the dark and gore thoughts of Kay. No logic in the plot. Suddenly kay is a suspect, and everything once again turns around Benton, Marino is doing nothing but just comes and drinks beer, too much unbeleivable emotion, Lucy suddenly is rich...I stop here !

Writting - 4/5 : Still strong in Forsenic and pathologic details.

Heroine - 2/5 : K
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Matt
In her most explosive novel in the series to date, Cornwell picks up the story where her previous novel ends, literally hours thereafter. With Scarpetta incapacitated and the killer recently handled, Cornwell begins spinning the story and her characters into a deeper and more daunting web than she’d tried in novels past. Taking the reader into the deeper layers of Scarpetta’s psyche and the pains of her life and past pitfalls, Scarpetta at her most vulnerable brings out great layers to a story t ...more
_inbetween_
ETA: I spoiler for the end at the end (for good reason).

THIS IS THE LAST ONE, I won't read Southern Cross for at least a year, and this is the last one I had bought way back than. Sadly it's also 120+ pages longer, without narrowing of text or white pages, and already on the second one dear Kay proclaims that she could handle crashed planes but nobody could handle her death, and then how that giant ugly Marino lusts after her in her bedroom he's never been in (except he saved her life in her bed
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3 1/2 stars. My 1st Patricia Cornwell novel and I’m an instant fan. When I picked it up I didn't realize it was #11 in a series; not a problem at all – I guess she writes each novel so they work as stand-alones. The main character in the series is Kay Scarpetta, a highly competent medical forensic specialist. The Last Precinct finds her hot on the trail of a truly dastardly villain by the name of ‘The French Werewolf’. It’s got a terrific supporting cast including her gay niece Julie, the sloven ...more
Keith Willcock
Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, becomes the victim of the very legal system she works for. When a serial killer attempts to murder her she is caught up in a web of circunstancial evidence that implicates her in murder and complicity in various rather henos crimes.

She is asked to confront what is an all too common reality, that the burden of proof is on the victim to establish that she is not guilty. As we are carefully led through an intricate web of evidence, including a good
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Debbie
I'm going to be fare and I'm NOT going to rate it because I'm not reading the full book. I'm choosing to put this down due to personal preference. I will share my experience with it to this point.

From what I read up to page 178:
-The writing was fine. Not as exciting or full of suspense the previous book (book #10, this is book #11).
-There was a lot of recap. Seeing as to how I'd read the previous book and this being book #11, again not sure why there was so much extensive recap.
-I wanted books
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Ronja
I found this book very fascinating. I don't really like reading thrillers or horror books or crime books but I enjoy Kay Scarpetta novels a lot. They always have something different in them than the usual crime scenes - they have something different.

This book was once again about one maniac person - it seems to be like that in every Kay Scarpetta book which makes them interesting, the maniacs are always different. This was still a great book because this was strongly linked to some earlier Kay S
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Crystal
Apr 08, 2008 Crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and/or crime enthusiasts.
This was a page turner, as have been most of her other books, for me. There definitely is a gruesome and grisly factor because she is a medical examiner and is always dealing with murders and murderers. Many times serial killers. I like this character, Kay Scarpetta, because she is a strong, intelligent woman who is real and flawed. She makes mistakes, as do we all, but she is always able to figure it out in the end. This particular story had many twists and turns that kept you guessing until it ...more
David
For a book where nothing happens this is a riveting read. I suppose no-one is likely to come this book without having read a significant proportion of the previous 10 books in the Scarpetta series and as such basing the novel looking back at previous events is not a problem provided it is well written which it is without a doubt. Also the characters seem a little less abrasive than usual though Marino is perhaps becoming a bit of a caricature. It will be interesting to see where she goes from he ...more
Barbara
As the book opens, Dr. Kay Scarpetta - Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner - has maimed the deformed serial killer Jean-Baptiste Chandonne ('the werewolf') in self-defense. Kay believes Chandonne killed the corrupt former police chief Diane Bray but - in a twist - Kay herself is being investigated for Bray's death. As usual in the Scarpetta novels Kay is the target of various malevolent individuals who wish her harm (in Cornwell's books being a medical examiner is a very high risk job). Kay is mor ...more
Julia
Jul 03, 2012 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
In the book preceding this one, Black Notice, I thought that the werewolf serial killer was the creepiest thing ever. In The Last Precinct, the werewolf killer is back, but seems much more pathetic this time. Maybe because we get to hear him make lengthy speeches. He has lost his mystery.

There are so many double crosses and false identities in this book, that it is hard to keep them all straight. It is also hard to believe all of them. Has Dr. Scarpetta really made so many enemies, that they can
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Hali Sowle
I've been plowing through a re-read of the Kay Scarpetta mysteries over the last month and remembered what I liked and hated about the books. Black Notice was the first "new" read in the series for me and now The Last Precinct, I noticed that reading the books right after each other without any time between them gives you a different perspective on the series. When I first read the books years ago as they came out I was very frustrated with the apparent lack of closure at the end of each book bu ...more
Tara
Ok, I'm annoyed because I wrote a review, the the GR site went down for service while I was typing and my review is gone. So this is the lazy version which means mostly spoilers, sorry.

What I can say is that this book starts immediately after the last one, with only a 12 hour turn around. I think this books is a bit tedious. I'm really tired of Kay mourning Benton. I cant believe how many chapters that Jean-Baptiste Chardonne interview went on. I can't believe how much time we spent talking abou
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Lori
Probably smart to read the book that comes before this one, "Black Notice." It picks up from there, but events are explained throughout the book so you may not have to read Black Notice if you don't want to, but it was a great book. This book was not as good, but I still gave it five stars because I couldn't put it down. Slow to start but so much changes for the characters in this book that I could not wait to start the next Scarpetta novel. Through out the book I couldn't help but feel sorry fo ...more
Kristine
Not one of my favorites from Patricia Cornwell but still a good thriller. I will admit that I did skip right to the last 50 or so pages once i got through the first 350 or so because it was getting very boring and there was no action to it. It was all about Kay whining about how crazy everything in the book was making her and how she was trying to control her feelings over Benton's death. I kinda wanted to say grow up Kay. You aren't the first person who has lost someone they love. But the last ...more
Lew
This book starts out fast but at times it dragged in places. Overall, I liked the book. Drop the couple slow parts and it is a very fascinating story without giving any spoiler info. Unfortunately, I did not read this one in chronological order. I read her next book when I realize some important things happened in Scarpetta's life that I did know happened. Actually, pretty crucial events which is when I realized I hadn't read this book. After the first several Scapetta books, one really has to r ...more
Duncan Mandel

The new era of Scarpetta begins…

In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Patricia Cornwell takes her readers deeper into Kay Scarpetta’s heart and soul than ever before….

Thwarting an attack by a suspected serial killer puts Virginia’s Chief Medial Examiner Kay Scarpetta in the harsh glare of the spotlight. As her personal and professional lives come under suspicion, she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

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Monica
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Wendy
I really have come to despise Cornwell's Lucy character. This book does nothing to dissuade my desire to kick the crap out of this immature, whiny, unlikeable personification of Cornwell's alter-ego.
Haleth
È, naturalmente, solo un errore di editing, e non la causa della votazione così bassa (quella è semplicemente che la Cornwell ormai ha ridotto i propri personaggi a stereotipi che camminano), ma non riesco a non riportarlo.

A pagina 357 la protagonista, Kay Scarpetta, sta preparando la pasta per le lasagne. E la passa in quella macchinetta, avete presente, quella appunto per stendere la pasta per le lasagne... mentre si accinge a fare questo, si legge quanto segue:

Appiattisco un po' di pasta con
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Thomas Strömquist
The mid part in what is a kind of held together trilogy (with Black Notice and Blow Fly. Biggest problem with these for me is the techno-intensity and the unbelievingly fantastic characters - each at the very top of his or her field and morally, esthetically and so on and so on...
Janine Tinsley
I almost gave up on it a few times in the first 100 pages. The whole first quarter of the book is a bloated focus on Kay's emotional health as she continues to spend all of her time reminiscing on all the horrible things she's been through in previous books and apparent obsession with how everything thinks she's sexy. It's almost ridiculous and there is almost nothing that drives the plot forward. In hindsight, towards the end of the book, I can see how some of the rantings/musings are tied back ...more
Crystal
It's starting to play out like a bad soap opera. The characters are overtly overly emotional and all tied into each other in ways that are so far fetched its sad. Now the ATF isn't cross-checking credentials o.O! Benton is still dead and since I've unfortunately already read book 14 I'm stuck thinking that only an act of voodoo, scifi, or magical witchcraft can make that book even possible...ugghh I've vested far more interest in the series than I should have by now and wonder if its all been a ...more
Peggy Barker
I've read many books that I thought were great mysteries, but "The Last Precinct" takes the cake. Imagine being pegged as suspect of a murder, helping to solve that same crime; gathering and providing circumstantial evidences to the point that you just know you've nailed the right person and then finding out that you were totally wrong.

Dr. Kay Scarpetta was dragged through the coals, mentally and physically, in this page-turning saga. I became so engrossed in the story that I empathized with her
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J
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

I do really like Patricia COrnwell's Kay Scarpetta books.

But I've decided the Jay Talley character is a cheap device she has created in order to allow for certain outrageous plot turns.

How could such a guy get accepted by the ATF and Interpol when really he's a Chandonne, which is a major French crime family.

Though Scarpetta regrets her impetuous one-night stand with the handsome Talley, I think it's the author who should feel trashy.

The action in this book happens to follow
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Roderick Hart
This is a Scarpetta novel and is written in the first person, predating her change to the third. I found it less satisfactory than some of the others. There is a great deal of talk relative to the action, and while the talk is always competent I don’t find all of it interesting. Though referred to often, the perpetrator remains a shadowy figure. Niece Lucy and her friend, who have set up a business called The Last Precinct, remain in the background and are mainly useful for providing moral suppo ...more
Anne
Another Great Scarpetta story. From the inside cover....We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of black Notice, inconceivable finding Virginia's chief Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. And the nightmare perpetuated on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past. When a formidable prosecutor, a female assistan ...more
Simon
I didn't read the Werewolf books in order (sue me), but I suspect even if I had, I wouldn't have liked this one much more than I did. It is a weird, pointless interlude that at least explains how Kay left Virginia, except that the explanation makes no sense and comes out of nowhere. It explains how Lucy became rich enough to have her own helicopter, garage it in Jersey and still have a fabulous Manhattan apartment, except that the explanation made about as much sense as how Tony Stark did it (hi ...more
Angela~twistedmind~
Once again Cornwell delivers an exceptional Scarpetta novel. I often wonder just why it is that I have not read this series book by book rather than just picking one up here and there. She never fails to impress me with her writing and imagination. She creates such life like characters, that you sometimes forget you're reading a work of fiction. Scarpetta, Lucy, Marino, they all jump off the page at you. You find yourself terribly irritated with Marino time after time, you just want to hug Lucy ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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