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Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
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Recommended by my local librarian friend...she wouldn't let me just checkout "Scarpetta," the latest in this series, no-o-o-o, she makes me start at the very beginning, with this first, published in 1990. Well, and I did have to get up one night and make sure all my doors and windows were locked as I was reading the book at midnight.

And I kept making concessions for the year, like yeah, I bet this DNA stuff was pretty impressive for 1990, and I can kinda understand why she's explaining all this basic PC computer crap...when your story is that tied to technology, of course the effort is going to feel dated at a later time. I worked some time for a computer forensics company, and I kept wondering about the time frame for technology in that field...how easy now to see who accessed what, when, from where, and exactly what they did with it.

The other thing that was dated...thriller story-telling techniques. The main character (Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner) often blanks out, absorbed with her own thoughts, and only catches snatches of the conversation directed at her, in snippets. This mimics the brain's stilted way of processing during "shock" or fear. She begins to re-examine everyone around her as the potential serial killer or guilty of other crimes i.e. hacking into her database or leaking sensitive info to the press or planting evidence or framing her as incompetently tainting evidence...

This was about as satisfying as an episode of Law and Order on television. Not amazing. Not terrible.
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message 1: by Sue (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sue I understand....my husband went out of town when I was about half way through Post Mortem. And yes, I went to every door and window twice before I went to bed to... READ!


Jane7 I'm also Reading the Kay Scarpetta book through from the begining. I think I'm about two thirds through now. The technology does obviously move along. This first book is the worst for being behind the times material.


Summer I felt the same way about this book. Reading the first one in 2012, it seemed very dated. I also had an issue with the dialogue - maybe it was a great book when it came out, but it came across as cliched and like a bad law & order knock off. It was entertaining to read, but it was hard to really immerse myself in the story because it just hasn't aged well.


Véronique I don't agree when you say it's outdated. Of course, technology, forensics,... SO much has changed since the 90's. But to call it outdated for that reason ? I guess you just have to put it in the right context...


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