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A Química da Morte (David Hunter #1)

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Simon Beckett é um autor que rapidamente mobilizou a atenção de um público internacional com este seu primeiro thriller protagonizado por um especialista em antropologia forense. Após a perda da mulher e da filha de seis anos, David Hunter escolhe refugiar-se numa aldeia isolada de Norfolk, a tratar dos vivos, tentando esquecer a sua tragédia pessoal. Mas, mesmo aí, o dest ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published 2006 by Editorial Presença
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Today I found my limit. Please don't laugh. DNF because of maggots.

(I really wanted to add a maggot gif, but then I thought : googling that shit? Fuck no. Cats are safer)

See, I have a problem with maggots - and every fucking thing hovering around a dead body - I won't jump crying if I see one, but plural? I can't deal with this shit. Flies, larvae, chrysalis. Welcome to my nightmare.

No matter how good and compelling the writing is.
No matter how daunting and oppressive the atmosphere is.
None o
Given the unadulterated dreck that's so often foisted on fans of thriller/detective/murder mysteries - especially in the case of POD and self-published novels whose authors often have barely enough talent to write a check - *The Chemistry of Death* has one very important thing going for it: Beckett actually understands how to craft a decent English sentence. Unfortunately, two faults bog it down and keep it from being a star in the genre. First, no one has ever taught Beckett to murder his darli ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars

This book grabbed me from the first page and never released its hold. Full of suspense, forensics and macabre rituals, it kept me guessing right till the end - I actually gasped at the reveal! It’s gory in places, shocking too, but it’s also warm (if that’s not too bizarre), intelligent and user-friendly - a thriller that makes you think and feel, rather than a straight forward chilling frenzy.

This is the first in a series, and I hope the next book Written in Bone is as compelli
Oct 16, 2015 María rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leidos-en-2017
4 de 5 estrellas ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Me ha encantado ...more
Tim The Enchanter
This is another of my vacation reads that I am finally getting around to reviewing.

Saved by a big Finish - 2 Stars

It has taken me a while to get around to reviewing this one. The main reason is that I have been trying to think of something interesting to say about my experience. Problem is, there is not much interesting content to discuss.

The Plot

In this story we have David Hunter, a forensic anthropologist who tries to escape a painful past by taking the position of a small town family d
Oct 15, 2016 nikolaos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αρκετά καλό βιβλίο, με ενδιαφέρουσα και πρωτότυπη ιδιότητα του πρωταγωνιστή (γιατρός του οποίου η ειδικότητα είναι να υπολογίζει το χρόνο θανάτου ενός πτώματος, ακόμα και με βάση μη κλασικών ιατροδικαστικών μεθόδων - τα έντομα που βρέθηκαν σε αυτό, τα σημάδια που άφησε στο χώμα κ.α. ). Νομίζω αυτό που ανεβάζει πολύ το βιβλίο είναι το τέλος του, το οποίο το βρήκα πολύ καλό. Για την εξέλιξη του, την βρήκα λίγο αργή, για να πω την αλήθεια.
Jan 21, 2017 Sarlis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: printversion
Das war das erste Buch was ich von Simon Beckett gelesen habe. Habe die Reihe um Dr. David Hunter bereits schon länger im Regal stehen, bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt aber nicht wirklich interessiert.
Aber dank des Hörbuches habe ich jetzt den ersten Teil dieser Reihe gelesen, denn im Hörbuch-status konnte ich besser der Geschichte folgen als ich sie selbst gelesen hätte.

The first in Beckett’s David Hunter series, this is a fast-paced thriller set in rural Norfolk. It tells the story of Dr David Hunter, who has left his career as a forensic anthropologist in London following a personal tragedy and works as a general practitioner in a small village. When the mutilated body of a local woman is discovered, he is reluctantly drawn into the police investigation.

This novel has some attractive features. Beckett can write decent prose, his grasp of the technicalities o
Lettura ideale per amanti del thriller non facilmente impressionabili.
La trama, originale e ben congegnata, è ricca di risvolti inattesi e riesce a mantenere vivi l'interesse e l'attenzione anche del lettore più disincantato.
Macabre ma interessanti le digressioni tecniche di antropologia forense, che orientano verso il piano scientifico la descrizione dei particolari più efferati dei delitti, scongiurando in tal modo il fastidio che deriverebbe dall'inserimento di effetti cruenti unicamente a sc
Cleo Bannister
Following the tragic death of his wife and daughter David Hunter lands in a remote village of Manham in Norfolk as a partner to the resident doctor. The villagers are, as those in tight-knit communities tend to be, slow to take to him and still prefer Doctor Henry Maitland to tend to their ills, despite the fact that he has been badly disabled by a car accident. The two doctors initially share the house as well as the surgery but as David Hunter is slowly tolerated, if not accepted, he decides t ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Bine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endlich habe ich auch mal einen Simon Beckett gelesen. Das kann ich nun von mir behaupten. Immerhin.
Ich will nicht sagen, dass mir das Buch nicht gefallen hat, das kann man bei 4 Sternen nun wirklich nicht behaupten. Aber es hat mich schon sehr enttäuscht. Mal wieder ein Indiz dafür, dass man Bestsellerlisten nicht vertrauen sollte.
Alles in allem war das Buch nicht schlecht, gerade das rasante Ende hat mir dann doch gut gefallen und die letzten 50 Seiten vergingen wie im Flug. Die vorherigen 200
This used to be a bestseller. I am very sceptical about bestsellers, because they were written for the masses. And if it's written for everybody to understand, it's usually stupid, generic and predictable. But even though this books had many flaws I actually enjoyed it, because it was written really well. The idea, the setting and the characters were shallow to be honest, but the atmosphere of the book was its major quality. Whenever you opened the book, you could dive in into Manham, the place ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guter Stoff - ich habe sehr viel über Larven und Fliegen gelernt ;-). Der berühmte antroplogische Forensiker David Hunter igelt sich nach einem persönlichen Schicksalsschlag irgendwo in England auf dem Land ein und will fortan nur noch praktischer Arzt sein. Dabei holen ihn sein Ruf und seine berufliche Vergangenheit ein.

Wunderbar wird die verschworene Dorfgemeinschaft beschrieben, die sich verbissen und mit vollem Mißtrauen gegen alles Fremde und die Zugezogenen wehrt. Der Krimi weist sehr deta
Dec 12, 2014 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Chemistry of Death of the first book in the Dr. David Hunter series. Hunter is a forensic expert who left his job in London after a tragedy forced him to make a change to his life. He's currently working in the small Norfolk village of Manham as a General Practitioner. While he can't stop dreaming of his dead family, he's as content as he can be under the circumstances. When the savagely mutilated body of Sally Palmer is found, Hunter knows he needs to help the police find the killer, despite hi ...more
Tânia Tanocas
Jul 01, 2014 Tânia Tanocas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leituras-2014
Assim que li as primeiras páginas, vi logo que iria adora esta minha última leitura de 2014...
E não me enganei, o personagem principal cativa o leitor com todo aquele mistério em torno da sua vida privada, levando a que seja até julgado... E o final, simplesmente genial...
Mais um escritor que certamente irei acompanhar com muito gosto...
Fico muito contente de ter começado o meu ano de 2014 com excelentes leituras e de o ter terminado igualmente maravilhada...
Venha 2015, com muitas mais surpre
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was a chore to read.
I just couldn't get into it. :(
Jun 07, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I recently read Mr. Beckett's third book in this series, Whispers of the Dead, & enjoyed it enormously which inspired me to go back & grab the first two.

The Chemistry of Death is the first in the series starring David Hunter, British forensic anthropologist. I love books with forensic detail & these are right up my alley.

I love the fact that this book starts out with one of my favorite beginnings in literature: Our hero (or heroine), escaping from a tragedy & into a new life acce
Carla Faleiro
Apr 27, 2012 Carla Faleiro rated it liked it
Shelves: os-despachados, papel
Há livros que lemos porque fomos influenciadas por opiniões e não porque conhecemos o autor. Este foi um deles. Li pela net várias opiniões positivas e juntamente com a sinopse, decidi que talvez fossem uma boa escolha.
Quem me conhece sabe que os Policiasi ou Thrillers não são o meu género de leitura, mas confesso que ultimamente tenho descoberto muitos e bons livros.

Neste livro, logo desde inicio, que passamos a nutrir uma simpatia especial por David Hunter, que traz dentro de si a tristeza da
Helena (Renchi King)
Petica za originalnost! Originalno i svježe štivo,pršti od novih trilerskih ideja.
Liječnik udovac dolazi u englesku provinciju pomoći starom liječniku - u invalidskim kolicima, u njegovoj privatnoj praksi.Ubrzo se u mjestu počinju događati ubojstva žena,a ubojica je među njima.
Mladi liječnik David,inače forenzični patolog,pomaže u radu lokalnoj policiji.
Puno zanimljivih obrata u priči,zanimljiva objašnjenja o procesima koji uzrokuju raspadanje tijela i sve ono vezano za forenziku što je prosječn
Feb 17, 2016 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
För en väldans massa år sedan (2010) köpte jag det som visade sig vara tredje delen i serien om David Hunter. Eftersom jag har något slags diagnos som gör det omöjligt för mig att läsa en serie i oordning så försökte jag hitta första delen, Dödens kemi, något som visade sig vara lite svårare än jag hade tänkt. Men till slut hittade jag den på antikvariat. Och tro det eller ej, nu är den minsann läst också. Läs mer på min blogg
Oct 28, 2016 Kawana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mein erster Thriller und ich fands absolut grandios. Total spannend bis auf die letzte Seite konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen! Bin gespannt wie es mit David Hunter weiter geht.
Sandra Bašić
Sep 23, 2014 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Izvrstan krimić, odličan stil pisanja uz onoliko napetosti koliko treba. Ljubitelji žanra ovo moraju staviti na popis. Tea, hvala na posudbi!
Morana Mazor
Aug 02, 2014 Morana Mazor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobar krimić! Poznata priča, malo mirno mjestašce u Engleskoj, počinju serijska, brutalna ubojstva... Tko je od mještana psycho killer.. ;) ? Preporuka ljubiteljima žanra..
Jan 22, 2015 Ömer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kitabın puanına ve vloga ulaşmak için:
Oct 29, 2016 Anni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hatte komplett andere Vorstellungen davon aber hat mir als Hörbuch sehr gut gefallen.

Dec 30, 2015 EpidermaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Lubisz thrillery? Przeczytaj Becketta! – mówili.
- „Chemia śmierci” jest świetna! – mówili.
- Jeśli coś jest uwielbiane przez wszystkich, to mnie się na pewno nie spodoba – mówiłam ja. Nie wiedziałam wtedy, jak bardzo się mylę.

W swym uporze trwałam i trwałam, aż tu nagle Matras zwabił mnie swoją promocją. Skuszona stosunkowo niską ceną za dość pokaźną ilość stron, zmiękłam niemal natychmiastowo. „No cóż, panie Beckett. Czas poznać się nieco bliżej” – pomyślałam, po czym pokicałam ochoczo do k
Ricardo Mendes
Nov 11, 2012 Ricardo Mendes rated it really liked it
A química da morte é o primeiro livro do autor Simon Beckett e pela sinopse prometeu mas não cumpriu devidamente.

Passados 3 anos da sua chegada à aldeia o Dr. Dave Hunter ainda não se pode intitular um membro da pequena comunidade. Quando é encontrado um cadáver num estado avançado de decomposição e “embelezado” com penas de aves, Dave já sabe que não vai conseguir manter-se muito afastado desta investigação, mas antes o tivesse feito.

Existe um romance que surge durante a narração mas é logicame
A Girl Has No Name
Ich war sehr gespannt auf den ersten Fall von David Hunter und ich muss sagen, dass ich bei der Bewertung hin- und hergerissen bin. Insgesamt gefällt mir Becketts Schreibstil sehr gut und auch die einzelnen Charaktere empfand ich als sehr realistisch und interessant. Auch die spannenden forensischen Details gefielen mir sehr gut. Leider verrieten die vielen Hinweise, die zum Teil bereits recht früh gegeben wurden, wer hinter den Taten steckt und es gab insgesamt einige Aspekte, die viel zu vorhe ...more
Esma Tezgi
Jun 09, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk sayfalar biraz durgun ve yavaş geçse de son sayfalara doğru olaylar hız kazandı ve gerilim tırmandı. son sayfaları bir solukta ve beğenerek okudum. Genel olarak güzel bir polisiyeydi, gizem ve olayların ilerleyiş şekli güzel bir biçimde yazılmıştı. Cesedin çürümesi, çürüme evreleri vesairenin anlatılışı kitaba gerçekten güzel bir renk katmış.

Ben kitabı genel olarak beğendim, son sayfalarda ki hareketlilik ve yaşananların bunda etkisi büyük. Serinin geri kalanını da merak ediyorum ve okuma
Silvia Ribeiro
Aug 13, 2014 Silvia Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cá está outro policial daqueles bons, bons, bons.
Estava a tentar encontrar criticas mas não vejo nenhuma.
Acho que é um livro fantasticamente intenso e de cortar a respiração. Tem partes em que parece que estamos dentro de um episódio do CSI devido à forma descritiva como nos são apresentadas as cenas das mortes.
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

David Hunter (5 books)
  • Written in Bone (David Hunter, #2)
  • Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter, #3)
  • The Calling of the Grave (David Hunter, #4)
  • Totenfang  (David Hunter, #5)

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