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Point Of Origin (Kay Scarpetta #9)

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The devastating fire tore through the horse farm, destroying everything it touched. Picking through the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains --- the work of an audacious and wily killer who uses fire to mask his brutal murders. And when Scarpetta learns that her old nemesis Carrie Grethen has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is somehow in ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Berkley (first published 1998)
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_inbetween_
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
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Holly
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.
Laura
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.
Heather
Jan 05, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: kay-scarpetta, 2010
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Matt
Dec 23, 2013 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
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
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stephanie
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
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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.
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
Kelv
Feb 27, 2014 Kelv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara
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
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Anya
Dec 14, 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
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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
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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
Nicol
Jun 06, 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
Crimson Tiger
Read a while back so from what I remember it was decent enough, featuring the reoccurrence of a old adversary.
Steffi
Oct 03, 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
Penny
Jul 28, 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
Alice Rachel
May 25, 2016 Alice Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally broke my heart!!!! That was so cruel!
Veronica
Jun 02, 2016 Veronica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I used to enjoy reading the few Scarpetta stories I read in the past, I liked the strong female character, but this one really put me off...

I think the word ANGER is the most frequent in the book, and the novel seems to exhude it! all the characters have some negativity about them, even minor ones, at least that seems the trait that the author is most interested in revealing to keep the gloomy atmosphere. It's truly American right mentality, from the guns kept under the pillow to the "drive thro
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Bev Taylor
Sep 21, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a kay scarpetta mystery

a farmhouse is destroyed by fire. a body among the ruins

h/e she is not the owner and she has been murdered

then the fire and bodies build up

this co-incides with another deadly surprise. carrie grethen an ingenious killer who once nearly destroyed the lives of kay and those nearest to her has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital

her whereabouts r unknown but kay knows her ultimate destination will be her - as carries has been communicating with her

good plot but
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Patricia
Carrie Grethen is back – as in on the very first page, back. She has sent Kay Scarpetta a letter, scrawled in red, full of disjointed phrasing. But as Benton Wesley studies the letter, he realizes that those disjointed ramblings are really challenges, threats and promises. At this point, Carrie has been in a facility for the criminally insane in New York City for the last five years, and her trial on multiple murder charges is but a month away.

Before Kay and Benton can fully absorb either the me
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Kathryn
Sep 28, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2014
This is the ninth novel (published in 1998) of the crime mystery series starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. I very much enjoyed listening to this audiobook, especially since this was an unabridged recording of the book, and found this to be a very good addition to the series.



This story begins with Dr. Scarpetta being called in to help investigate a fire, which destroyed the mansion and extensive stables of African-American publisher Kenneth Sparks; it is
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Athy
Jul 28, 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!!
Nikki
May 06, 2016 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.
Kristy Roland
Apr 15, 2014 Kristy Roland rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is the first Scarpetta book I've read, so coming into a series in the middle can be tough. I had to also take into consideration that this book was written in 1998. Back then, Cornwell was on top of her game for this genre. I did enjoy this book even though I considered it slow and not so much a thriller as it should have been. I can understand why readers love her so much, though. All of these characters were new to me, so I didn't get all of their back story which made me feel that some o ...more
Melissa
Jun 12, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I know I'm way behind on this series and it's been out a while. To Be Honest. I was furious in this book. Killing off one of the main characters. However, the story itself was really good. It kept my attention.

The book starts out with Kay going to Ireland to check into some deaths. When she returns she find that those deaths are linked to the unidentified torsos she has. Carrie escapes the mental hospital and hooks up with another serial killer. He enjoys setting fires and killing someone, skin
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Marti
Mar 09, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
In this edition of the Dr. Scarpetta series, a dangerous psychopath has escaped a federal forensic psychiatric facility. Dr. S and her associates know this escapee, Carrie Greunen, entirely too well. This novel once again features Dr. S' niece, Lucy, prominently. By now, Lucy has left the FBI for the Bureau of ATF and also has become a licensed helicopter pilot and instructor. Of course, throughout the novel, murder, mayhem, and tragedy ensue. Dr. S, Lucy, and police chief Marino endure a great ...more
Marie
Apr 09, 2008 Marie rated it did not like it
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!
Dr. Do Little
Sep 23, 2015 Dr. Do Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
CAUTION: MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!

I love the Kay Scarpetta series, I'm trying to get all the books of the series. I didn't like this one as much as the other ones that I've read, but it was still pretty good. I didn't like how much detail it gave about ll the processes (examining evidence, using that special microscope, flying the helicopter, etc.). I was really shocked about Benton's "death" (I've read a few books after this one where Benton is in them, one even mentioned how he faked his death o
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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.

Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony,
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