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Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
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“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Survival my only hope. Success my only revenge”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“What the hell. You die. Everybody dies. So you die healthy. So what?”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“But caffeine, cigarettes and cholesterol, the grim reapers of the common man - God forbid I should give them up.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Isolation is the cruelest of punishments, and it had never occurred to me that I was something less than human because I wasn’t a man.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“You artists think you’re the only ones who can relate to these things. Many of us have the same feelings, the same emptiness, the same loneliness. But we don’t have the tools to verbalize them. So we carry on, we struggle. Feelings are feelings. I think people’s feelings are pretty much the same all over the world.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“He was pushing fifty, with a face life had chewed on, and long wisps of graying hair parted low on one side and combed over his balding pate.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“I disagreed. Some people feel things more deeply than others, and some people feel things the rest of us don’t. This is what causes isolation, the sense of being apart, different”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“When all else fails, I cook. Some”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Crime reporting was aggressive in Richmond, an old Virginia city of 220,000, which last year was listed by the FBI as having the second-highest homicide rate per capita in the United States. It wasn’t uncommon for forensic pathologists from the British Commonwealth to spend a month at my office to learn more about gunshot wounds. It wasn’t uncommon for career cops like Pete Marino to leave the madness of New York or Chicago only to find Richmond was worse.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Charisma is something you have or you don't have. You can't manufacture it. You can't. She didn't try. It just was. - Matt Pettersen”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Crime reporting was aggressive in Richmond, an old Virginia city of 220,000, which last year was listed by the FBI as having the second-highest homicide rate”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Crime reporting was aggressive in Richmond, an old Virginia city of 220,000, which last year was listed by the FBI as having the second-highest homicide rate per capita in the United States. It wasn’t uncommon for forensic pathologists from the British Commonwealth to spend a month at my office to learn more about gunshot wounds. It wasn’t uncommon for career cops like Pete Marino to leave the madness of New York or Chicago only to find Richmond was worse. What”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“I didn’t want her to be like me, robbed of innocence and idealism, baptized in the bloody waters of randomness and cruelty, the fabric of trust forever torn.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“I was a small insect faced with a formidable male network web in which I might be ensnared but never a part.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“2”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“the suit, if there is one, we still lose because of the publicity.” I was scarcely hearing a word of it. Horrible images were playing crazily inside my mind. The 911 call, the fact it was aborted, made me see it. I knew what happened. Lori Petersen was exhausted after her ER shift, and her husband had told her he would be in later than usual that night. So she went to bed, perhaps planning to sleep just awhile, until he got home—as I used to do when I was a resident and waiting for Tony to come home from the law library at Georgetown. She woke up at the sound of someone inside the house, perhaps the quiet sound of this person’s footsteps coming down the hallway toward the bedroom. Confused, she called out the name of her husband. No one answered. In that instant of dark silence that must have seemed an”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“Confessing I didn’t, I scribbled the directions on the notepad I always kept by the phone. I hung up and my feet were already on the floor as adrenaline hit my nerves like espresso. The house was quiet. I grabbed my black medical bag, scuffed and worn from years of use. The”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“been ignited by loose talk, by leaks,” Amburgey went on, “the fact the city”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“People often say they don't dream, when it's more accurate to say that they don't remember their dreams. It gets under our skin, Kay. All of it does. We just manage to cage in most of the emotions so they don't devour us.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The public is blaming the city officials, who in turn have to find someone else to blame. It's the nature of the beast. If the police, the politicians, can pass the buck on down the line, they will.”
Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem

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