Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta #16)
From America's #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.
Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric pri ...more
Well, this book appears to be an attempt to fix the image of Scarpetta that was alm ...more
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So I bought Book of the Dead and Scarpetta. I read Scarpetta first, just to see if is was as good as some people thought. Usually, I won't read books out of order in a se ...more
I’ve been reading the Kay Scarpetta books since she first started writing them. I used to really like the characters but it seems as through the years, they’ve turned dark. I noticed it first with Lucy in the books ...more
The stories Cornwell writes now, either in her investigation of Jack the Ripper or the most recent few Scarpetta novels; suffer from a severe lack of editing. I don't know if she has fired her editor, or simply is able to fire off a manuscript and send it to a publisher without ever having to go thr ...more
When a woman is murdered, the natural suspect is her boyfriend, who insists on being checked into the hospital and will not allow anyone to examine him except Kay Scarpetta. Oscar insists to Scarpetta th ...more
I've stuck with these characters for many years now and thou ...more
In that regard, 'Scarpetta' is probably Cornwell's finest book to date. The relationships she creates between the characters.. the sheer intimacy of the scenes she scripts (and I'm not talking about sex here).. are vivid, engrossing and very human. ...more
Und so kann es nicht anders sein, dass der Fall - wieder einmal, muss man leider sagen - davon geprägt ist, dass Scarpettas Erfolg (sie ist in diesem Band für den Fernsehsender CNN tätig und kommentiert spektakuäre Fälle) die Neider auf den Plan ruft. So wird sie Opfer eines rufschädigenden Blog-Artikels, der die Geschehnisse aus Totenbuch aufdeckt (Marinos betrunkener, unschöner Übergriff auf Kay), wird vom paranoiden Tatv ...more
I really like the characters in these books, and I find forensic pathology fascinating, so I keep coming back for more, but I h ...more
Critics agreed that readers familiar with Cornwell's series will find Scarpetta a weak addition; novice audiences will certainly want to skip over this one and start with Postmortem (1990), Cornwell's award-winning debut. Although Scarpetta is not one of the better entries to date, the thriller contains Cornwell's meticulous attention to detail (from autopsies to investigations) and edge-of-your-seat plotting. However, reviewers cited too much backstory, overly complex twists, and only mediocre...more
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So things did not turn around. I hated this book. It's my own fault for sticking with it (sort of ... by the last third I was just sort of skimming every fourth word) and not moving on. There are too many books in the world to be read to waste time on one you don't like.
Too much bad language. ...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, ...more