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Black Notice

(Kay Scarpetta #10)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  36,763 ratings  ·  744 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 9780751525434

A foreign ship arrives in Richmond, Virginia, among its cargo an unidentified body...

While Lucy Farinelli goes undercover in Miami to bring down a notorious criminal cartel, Dr Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino discover a body in a cargo ship recently arrived from Belgium at Virginia's Deep Water Terminal in Richmond. I
Paperback, 466 pages
Published 2007 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published August 2nd 1999)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up due to the topic in the book) for Black Notice, the 10th book in the "Kay Scarpetta" thriller and suspense series, written in 1999 by Patricia Cornwell. For me, this was a transitional book in the series, not so much from good to bad, but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life. If you are still reading the series, or think you will, don't read the next few lines... then skip ahead to the next paragraph w
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in quality, this is the one.

Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place, somewhere in Virginia and consequently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved. The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading. Then things went south.

Shifts in narrative, from first person to third person, from book to book, didn’t work and were jarring. She stretched plot
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters. My copy doesn't even have any contents or a blurb, just the author's picture covering the back, underlining that she's sold as a must to a certain group of people I guess.

As predicted, now that Cornwell "killed" off Benton, he's suddenly much more beloved and gets more space. Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and "feeling depressed" is now attributed to his loss (I will never ever buy another s
Amy Metz
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series. The characters are getting harder to like--including Kay Scarpetta herself--and the plots are just so-so. We have a bad guy, he kills a lot of people, Marino and Scarpetta go after him, Kay has a brief fling, the killer tries to kill Kay, the end.

I didn't like the abrupt ending of this book, and I didn't buy Kay's feelings for Tally. Two business meetings, a one-night stand, and a lovers' spat, and suddenly she can't get him off her mi
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a case of explosive flatulence. It doesn't help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive sequence of evil, evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble, studiously moral Kay Scarpetta, who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish, needy judgmental harrida ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 1/5 : Dog catching its tail !

Plot - 1/2/5 : Good start, but disappointing finish. Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container, which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou - The Werewolf. Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit. And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sink.

Writting - 4
Barbara Mitchell
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she's read and I found this one in the last batch. It's been ages since I've read a Cornwell/Dr. Scarpetta book, just long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this one.

The mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond. The murderer's trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve. Meanwhile, it has been one year since her FBI lover
Scarpetta books come in three (3) particular flavors:

1. Serial Killers Are Super-Violent, Yo.
2. Scarpetta's Co-Workers All Want to Destroy Her Career (Because She's So Awesome)
3. Scarpetta's Terrible Family & Friends

Books of the first stripe have always been the most interesting to me, so much so that it's been tolerable / interesting when they stray into the second area. While I completely understand that there's an appreciative audience for the third kind, they leave me cold: Scarpetta is a d
Kay Scarpetta has not handled Benton Wesley’s death well. She has worked herself into the ground. She has distanced herself from her friends and employees. She has even started smoking again. She is mired in guilt and regret over every unkind word she ever spoke to Benton. No, Kay Scarpetta is not handling her grief well at all.

Now, just before the second Christmas since Benton’s death, Senator Frank Lord, one of Kay’s oldest friends and professional confederates, delivers to her a letter from B
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was exactly what I needed. Mystery.. excitement..suspense. I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time. I didn't want to put it down. It was not boring in the least!

There is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence. There are dirty cops in high places on the force. It's up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her watchdog/best friend tough detective Captain Marino to get to the bot
 Li'l Owl

I'm repeating my reviews primarily for readers who haven't read Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series of novels yet.
First and foremost, this series should be read in sequence to get the most out of them as the characters are tightly connected together.
After reading book one, Post mortem, starring Kay Scarpetta & Pete Marino I was absolutely hooked and
I read them back to back as soon as the next in the series was relea
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A great Scarpetta novel with an intriguing twist to leave the reader excited and curious at the same time. When a body turns up in a shipping crate, Scarpetta is called to look into what might have happened. Odd French writing on the side of the crate adds to the mystery, especially once it has been translated. Are authorities looking for a man or beast? Clues left at the scene do not help clarify this conundrum, nor does liaising with officials on either side of the Atlantic. As Scarpetta delve ...more
Mahoghani 23
It's hard for me to get into books when I know what happened. Even though I read these books out of order, it still was a good read from start to finish.

There's a killer on the loose that no one seems to understand his motives. He's vicious and very destructive to his victims body. He started his murders in Paris and has now transferred his evil doings into the United States, particularly the state of Virginia. However, there's something strange about this killer. He has a rare disease called hy
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Even a fortress can't protect the stupid.
1) Learn how the murderer approaches the victims.
2) Conveniently ignore all common sense.
3) ???
4) Might as well fire half of detective division and simply keep watch on Scarpetta. Every major criminal ends up near her sooner or later.

Not marking this as spoiler because every Scarpetta book ends this way. This one is just more blatant and even more stupid than usual. It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell spends time and effort on establishing a bizarre,
Anne Hawn Smith
Nophoto-f-25x33 Patricia Cornwell's books get more and more painful to read. Kay Scarpetta's friends and family angst intrude too much in this story. Police Captain has got to be the worst of his breed acting in a manner so unprofessional as to be ludicrous. And her neurotic niece acts in a way that belies her profession.

I used to just love Cornwell's books, but I have begun to think that I am watching the worst soap opera in the world. This is a shame, because the early books were so good I cou
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A foreign ship arrives and an identified body is found on board. From this point a mix of fear and adrenalin, Cornwell brand, follows.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Lucy goes undercover to bring down a cartel. Scarpetta and Marino investigate the supposed decomposed corpse of a stowaway that turns out to be much more. As ever in this series the action, drama and menace from the case invades Scarpetta and co's personal lives. With a shocking antagonist and a return to some great plotting, Cornwell brings the series back to its best. 7 out of 12 ...more
Allison Ann
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
MY LETTER: B - title Black Notice

Book: Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
Finished: March 16, 2013
Rating & Book Review: 3 stars - I've been reading/re-reading through the Scarpetta series and not particularly enjoying them. The characters are SO unpleasant that I can't get past it, but I've been forcing myself to keep reading. This one was actually less horrid. The characters were still wretched, but this time they were being wretched on purpose so I could accep
Nancy Hammond
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. In my opinion, better than Body of Evidence. A bit of mystery, suspense, and romance, nicely tied together for the perfect crime drama plot. Kept my interest and was hard to put down. Now, i am hooked on the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series.
Mar 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first 4 or 5 Scappetta novels a lot, but then it all became so repetitive. This was boring. I felt as if I was reading the same book over and over again. No more Scarpetta for me.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Last one I'll read....going downhill ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with unnecessary chunks, irrelevant to the actual story!
Slow-paced and tiresome read!
I'm beginning to think I've read to many Scarpetta books... easily predictable! But it was ok to read. ...more
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A "black notice" is the term given by Interpol for unidentified bodies and that title is actually a pretty good summary for the book as this time around we find Kay and Marino joining forces with Interpol to help solve the murder of an unidentified person found in a shipping container.

I have read this book many (many) year
Henri Moreaux
I read this without having read any prior books in the series, and as such it doesn't do all that well as a stand alone book with many references to various prior events, only rather than refreshers they're quite hollow references which leave the stand alone reader a little puzzled. The continual sadness Kay feels over the dead Benson is one such instance where the circumstances of his death aren't readily apparent.

Regardless, it was an entertainingly gory book with a mysterious serial killer wh
The plot was interesting. I wanted to read the resolution. But I don’t like the characters. Not even Kay Scarpetta, who is supposed to be the icon of the series. Marino is mildly interesting on occasion but usually too aggressive, too nasty for any real sympathy. Lucy Farinelli is awful; Kay loves her because Lucy is Kay’s family, but I can’t stand her. I find her to be an aggressive, temperamental, spoiled little child. You get the idea that each has a certain integrity and that each is devoted ...more
Scarpetta books seem to come into my possession at various points and in random sequence, I’m sure I’d get more out of them to read them in order but I’ve got too many series on the got to add another one. That said they generally stand ok on thief own as the crime is new it's just the underlying story line that’s a bit out of sink. This one started out well with a random unidentified body in a container, but it wasn’t massively fast paced and it is showing its age (when was the last time you he ...more
LaTonya Reed
I was annoyed by everyone in this book, everyone was miserable and I mean everyone. I knew this was not going to be a happy go lucky book, but damn!! I found myself ready for the book to be over. It was just okay.
Nicky Mottram
Audio version of this book 📚- Not one of the most gripping in the series
So Patricia Cornwell did it again! She ended my book w a cliff hanger sort of thang - _-
Regardless, IT WAS THE BOMB. My love for Kay Scarpetta is just stronger than ever. I loved the mystery and chills this book gave me. Yes it deserves 5 stars :)
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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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Kay Scarpetta (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
  • All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #3)
  • Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)
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