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Syttymispiste (Kay Scarpetta #9)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  49,941 Ratings  ·  504 Reviews
A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder. — The fir... more »e has come at the ...more
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published 1999 by Otava (first published 1998)
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Aug 14, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2007 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
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.
Jan 21, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kay-scarpetta, 2010
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Hillary Woody
Dec 16, 2010 Hillary Woody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
First read: 2005
Re-read: July 2016

This was a really quick read for me, I couldn’t put it down from start to finish. Lucy’s nemesis Carrie is back on the scene and she has a severe impact on our team of Kay, Marino, Lucy and Benton.

The story starts with a crazy, ranting letter from Carrie which has been sent to Kay’s home address. Kay has to set it aside to deal with an unusual house fire, where a young woman is found burned to death in the home of a wealthy, older businessman.

Soon it becomes cle
Lisa A. Carlson
Feb 06, 2013 Lisa A. Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime novel junkies
Recommended to Lisa A. 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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This one was TERRIBLE. So far, her later books are a lot better. I don't expect much from my guilty pleasures, but I would like some entertainment and not sigh and facepalm so much.

Better review to come.
Glen Stott
Nov 22, 2016 Glen Stott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When I finally finished this book I was so annoyed … … well, let’s just say in my defense, I was able to catch the book on its first bounce off the wall. Anyone who writes a book deserves at least one star. Cornwell knows a lot about fires and autopsies. Most of the book is about those. The protagonist, Kay, does a lot of autopsies and investigates a lot of fires, many by way of flashbacks. None of them even pretend to have anything to do with the storyline. Cornwell likes minutia. If she were w ...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
Jul 12, 2012 Anya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
John Devlin
(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
May 01, 2011 Kelv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2012 Nicol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, queer
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
Jul 25, 2009 Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2009 Athy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Jan 10, 2015 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Scarpetta series I can say I was truly disappointed by.

Her constant gawking at her niece's body disgusts me.

I felt the story line left some unanswered questions. And I thought it was interesting that Carrie was talked about and had all this power over Kay yet she wasn't seen until the very end and didn't even say one word in the entire book. It felt very anticlimactic.
Apr 07, 2008 Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, women, mysteries
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.
Mar 26, 2016 Els rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Cornwell's books up to this one, and I found this sad as well as wonderfull.
This book started with ashes and it ended with ashes.
If you like a book with a strong female main character, this may be for you.
Sep 29, 2015 Steffi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
es hat sich ganz schön gezogen. Die Story war nicht sonderlich spannend. Eindeutig nicht mein Lieblingsbuch der Reihe
Crimson Tiger
Read a while back so from what I remember it was decent enough, featuring the reoccurrence of a old adversary.
Alice Rachel
May 25, 2016 Alice Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally broke my heart!!!! That was so cruel!
Sherri F.
Just finished, but not ready to rate or review b/c it left me frustrated in so many ways.
Nov 26, 2016 Anita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had read none of the previous books in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series, so did not know what to expect. I found this story very grisly and could not grasp how the character of Carrie, who had presumably committed several prior murders, could have escaped so easily from a high security psychiatric hospital or how she managed to get access to the internet while interred. Both of these facts played a vital part in the plot. Moreover, I was unconvinced about the motives for the murders (acne!), or wh ...more
Dec 29, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this next edition of Dr. Scarpetta, Kay and Lucy find themselves investigating a fire that not only destroyed a huge mansion, but also has left a charred dead body. As the investigation continues, not only has one of Kay's arch enemies escaped from a mental institution but suddenly another fire occurs with another dead body. As the team tries to determine if everything is connected, the death of an important character leaves everyone shocked including me. This novel starts off a little slow, ...more
Nov 06, 2016 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't think I would continue this series based on content and other reviews. It is a quick criminal
suspense that keeps you reading. It feels like Ive heard this story before. Also I know "one should
write about what you know" and apparently Mrs. Cornwell knows a thing or two about helicopters,
because 2 of the main characters can fly them... Hmmm, seems like a bit of a stretch. The ending is
a little too far fetched, kind of ridiculous "chase scene" from an action movie.
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