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The Last Precinct (Kay Scarpetta #11)

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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  27,236 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
Now Patricia Cornwell brings her millions of readers a novel concerning crimes with roots in a murder from the distant past.When Kay Scarpetta is mandated to investigate the 400 year-old violent death of one of America's first settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, it seems like the perfect match: modern technology's savviest avatar versus an age-old crime.Kay's involvement in t ...more
Kindle Edition, 476 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 2000)
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Mappi
Feb 06, 2009 Mappi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 more d
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_inbetween_
Aug 19, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Matt
Jan 12, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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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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
Ed
Feb 20, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, action, thriller
#11 in the Kay Scarpetta series. The final series entry with Scarpetta in the position of Virginia's chief medical examiner is firmly starting the decline from a readable series of medico/legal thrillers to a morass of melodrama.

Kay Scarpetta, Virginia's chief medical examiner has plenty of reason to be upset. She's standing in a room in a shabby motel where a body has been found, severely tortured. She's under official suspicion of having murdered maleficent cyber-cop Diane Bray - Black Notice
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Keith Willcock
Apr 20, 2012 Keith Willcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Crystal
Apr 08, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 25, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa
Jun 29, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dhuaine
May 13, 2015 Dhuaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, losers
It's not even a book. It's a pseudo-dramatic abomination regurgitating all problems Scarpetta has in her life - as if we haven't heard enough of Benton already. Now there's Anna's sob story too. The trial Scarpetta faces is as farcical as its resolution - no one ever explains why she's accused besides "Diane and her exchanged some hard words in a parking lot" and her innocence is also accepted just because. Meanwhile, she works in the morgue with her arm broken and in the cast - I thought you we ...more
Julia
Jul 03, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  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
Ronja
Sep 08, 2008 Ronja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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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Tammy
Aug 09, 2016 Tammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Kay Scarpetta book I haven't really liked. She comes across as petty, self-centered and well, bitchy. I understand that the plot line has her out of her element, so those qualities that are not what's expected fit the circumstance, but by the end of the book I was kind of done with her, and wished she would get her comeuppance. Bit of a disappointment.
Lori
Jun 26, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Darren
Nov 15, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book that I read by this author. I got this book at the free book exchange at the store I have coffee at. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It would make a good pay tv movie.
Kristine
Dec 10, 2009 Kristine rated it liked it
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
Bill Donhiser
An interesting crime thriller Patricia Cornwell held my attention throughout. Great suspense, good plot and interesting characters.
Daelith
Feb 06, 2016 Daelith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Not one of the better ones of the series for me. First 100 something pages were basically psychoanalysis of Kay's problems. Plus it was a little too easy to figure out the ending.
Lew
Sep 11, 2009 Lew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steffi
Dec 06, 2015 Steffi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Das Ende war gut- überraschend. schade, dass nur die letzten 70 Seiten spannend waren und die ganze Geschichte entscheidend weiter gebracht hat
John Devlin
May 19, 2015 John Devlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been back to read these for a year and a half bc of their sheer implausibility, but I'm saddled w/a few more in the series and I refuse to not read them.

But oh they're so bad. The first few chapters are fine and the parts where she goes through psychoanalysis are gripping, but the plot, oh the plot. It turns out almost all of the last book was wrong and the conspiracies go far deeper and reach back further. Marvel Comics wouldn't foist these plot twists or the villains who harbor animo
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Monica
Dec 07, 2014 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kay-scarpetta
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Kathryn
Mar 22, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is the eleventh book in the murder mystery series starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This book brings us to the start of the Twenty-First century, and is a very good addition to the series.


This book begins right where the previous book, Black Notice, left off. A criminal is in custody, but there are questions about Scarpetta’s role in his capture, and about her connections to earlier murders. Scarpetta’s niece Lucy (now twenty-eight) is on Ad
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Hayley Edwards
Jun 16, 2015 Hayley Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always a Great Read, Love the Scarpetta series. Full of was it this person or that, and no they couldn't of done it, it must be the other person or was it, sometimes getting who is quicker than others. I very often get into my own little argument with me telling me what's what and why.
Valerie
A continuation of the Loup Garou storyline, but with less action. Getting a little tired of Kay Scarpetta's moaning and groaning about her lot in life. Seemed like this one took me forever to read.
Wendy
May 06, 2008 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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Kay Scarpetta (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
  • All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #3)
  • Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)
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