The Scarpetta Factor
4 of 5 stars to The Scarpetta Factor, the 17th book in the Kay Scarpetta mystery and thriller series, written by Patricia Cornwell and published in 2009. Many readers had mixed reactions to this book when it was released, thinking Cornwell finally got back on track with the character of Dr. Kay Scarpetta; however, some felt it was still going downhill. I enjoyed the book, mostly because of the focus of the story. It took Scarpetta to Hollywood (so to speak), embroiled in a scandal ...more
Since The Body Farm, Cornwell has increasingly given over her books to a sort of public self-examination. She uses the pages of the Scarpetta series to work out her own issues, turning her characters into a sort of Greek Chorus for her ...more
I am convinced that Kay Scarpetta is a thinly disguised Pat Cornwell and I can't help wondering why she hat ...more
Thank you Miss Cornwell!
Even though I have a lovely hard cover I have started listening to this take...must say thus far I am impressed.
I continued to be impressed. If the other Scarpetta novels are this well researched (the forensics side sounded really accurate, I can only guess the bomb and ...more
even though I didn't love it I liked it well enough.
I've loved this series since book one, so I admit I haven't really been into this kinda books since before I started reading more romance. But here I am getting back into Kay Scarpetta's world again and seeing the whole gang of Benton, Marino, and Lucy and it feels pretty good. I think it's been over a year since I read the last of book ...more
This just didn't do it for me like the older pre-Benson-came-back-to-life Scarpettas.
Kay is definitely losing her mojo, as evidenced by her not being able to learn to use a cell phone (Really, Kay? C'mon now you are a brilliant doctor and you can't use a Blackberry?) It's sad to watch. Plus she's not cooking up a storm like she used to. I miss her.
Marino. Oh, Marino, what have they done to you? I am really, really mad at Cornwell for ruining this character. What he did to Kay in the last b ...more
On the plus side, Cornwell is a good w ...more
It was Nobel Prize winning Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who said this, and applied to my discovery of the character Kay Scarpetta specifically and the incredible writing of Patricia Cornwell in general.
For reference, “The Scarpetta Factor” is the seventeenth novel in the Kay Scarpetta series.
Despite Cornwell’s massive international fame as a novelist, on top of her numerous visits to the New York Times Bestseller List ...more
It took me 4 months to read a paperback. I NEVER take that long it was just slow and just hard to read that I kept having to put it down and do something else. It makes me terrib ...more
While I continue to be a Cornwell fan, I've grown more than a little weary of the continued belly button gazing in the series. Way too much time spent on the personal lives a ...more
Where do I begin with my reaction to this one? Seemed better than the previous, Scarpetta, although I'm starring them the same.
I thought Dr. Scarpetta was supposed to be into the forensics end of the criminal investigation. What happened to the forensics? For that matter, what happened to the poor dead "jogger" in the park? Her case seemed to get lost in the mountains of angst among the investigating "team." This book, similar to the last, spent more time on the psychological issues of the "tea...more
then her husband, benton, receives a strange parcel at work
kay has a spot on a cnn programme and when she returns to their apt a package is awaiting her that is immediately put on bomb alert
things evolve and she finds herself embroiled in a second rate actor with perverse sexual tastes and the disappearance of a millionaire wom ...more
I have read all of Cornwell's Scarpetta books and absolutely devoured the first ones. Maybe it's that I haven't read any in quite a while...or maybe...just maybe I couldn't finish this one because Cor ...more
It is usually pleasurable for me to start a book with recurring characters; I like the comfort level of running into someone I'm acquainted with, not starting over etc. Somehow, that never happened with this book:
. . . People I thought I knew didn't feel familiar;
. . . People I thought were dead re-appeared;
. . . Chara ...more
I tried to enjoy this, but all the whining and stupid reactions by the main characters made it an annoying read. It didn't help that Cornwell was constantly hinting and inferring tidbits, some of which were revealed openly, others were buried, and some were ignored. Loose threads, anyone? She was also vague about ...more
The story revolves around two unique murders. One involves the mysterious murder of a jogger found in Central Park. It quickly becomes clear that her time of death was much earlier than expe ...more
The most convoluted, uninteresting storyline ever. I liked the early Cornwell books but the latter few, leading up to the Marino assault, I found tiresome. I stopped reading after that assault but picked up a copy of this free, so gave it a go for old time's sake.I really shouldn't have bothered. It was very badly written - and while I disagree with the direction Cornwell has been taking recently and the way she allowed her characters evolve over time, her books were usually relatively well-wri ...more
Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, ...more