Kay Scarpetta

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital s psychiatric prison ward The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him,Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital s psychiatric prison ward The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder that he did not commit Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered and violent deaths will follow Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times Is it a person, a government And what is the connection between the victims In the days that follow, Scarpetta her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all too real streets of the city an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting edge technology that only she can provide Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.
Kay Scarpetta Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston South Carolina Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Be

  • Title: Kay Scarpetta
  • Author: Patricia Cornwell Annamaria Biavasco Valentina Guani
  • ISBN: 9788804600893
  • Page: 133
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    1. Book Review3 of 5 stars to Scarpetta, the 16th book in the "Kay Scarpetta" thriller series, written in 2008 by Patricia Cornwell. In this book, Kay takes an assignment in NYC, where she's handling another crazy potential killer, but one who claims to have a connection to her -- again. The past keeps creeping up in these novels and sometimes it's just too unbelievable. I enjoyed the book, and it's better than the last few but I'm being harder and harder on authors who write lengthy series. It has [...]

    2. I'm not sure what motivates me to read the Scarpetta books. I know that I always want to like them much more than I actually do. I think I find the author an interesting character and her recent coming out has added to that. But I honestly have to say that her books will never rank among my favorite mysteries. It's not the writing, for there were many lovely sentences in Scarpetta. In fact, I noticed more than in previous books that she writes really well in places. It's the plotting I believe s [...]

    3. I had pretty much given up on the whole Scarpetta series in general, when my mother insisted I read this book and give it one more shot. The past couple of Scarpetta novels have really, really sucked. It was like watching a well-loved friend slide into some narcissistic downward spiral of insanity and drug use to the point where you don't even know them anymore. They do and say things you never thought they'd do. Well, this book appears to be an attempt to fix the image of Scarpetta that was alm [...]

    4. This is my first Patricia Cornwell, starting 16 books into the series, which is probably not optimal. Earlier books may be better. I may try them some day. I may not.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    5. Patricia Cornwell promised us she'd do better with this book. She did, but not by much. Her habit of resuscitating characters who have been left for stone-cold dead is particularly annoying. They are all weary and worn. May they rest in peace.

    6. This is a poor (not to say pathetic) entry in the Scarpetta series, and has all the earmarks of being written by somebody from a fanfic group. It’s probably not, though, unless they’ve faithfully recreated all of Cornwell’s most irritating writerly affectations (the insistence on starting sentences with nouns that have no articles is the one I’d personally choose to throttle her for). Stylistics aside, this novel is virtually incomprehensible at the level of plot. When I finally got to t [...]

    7. I gave up on this series. Then I saw that this latest book, Scarpetta, was getting great reviews on amazon. I wondered, could Cornwell have redeeemed herself? I thought the last couple of books were awful, and keep in mind, I loved this series set arounf Dr. Kau Scarpettea and friends, loved each one of the main characters. So I bought Book of the Dead and Scarpetta. I read Scarpetta first, just to see if is was as good as some people thought. Usually, I won't read books out of order in a series [...]

    8. If you want to know what little people, GPS chips, snuff films, online gossip rags, veterinarians, dermatologists, CNN, a man who wears ladies Brooks Ariel running shoes, unscrupulous pet shop owners, Marilyn Monroe, and a woman whose last name is Bacardi have in common, this is the book for you. It's also a must read if you like 500-page murder mysteries (with a budding love affair thrown in) that take place and are neatly wrapped up primarily over the course of 1 to 2 days - and during a major [...]

    9. After Cornwell's last few books, plus the review "situation" from the last book, I'm not sure I can take another Scarpetta book. I barely finished Book of the Dead I am reluctant for this book. Of course, I've said that for the last 4 of the series, so I'm sure I'll end up reading it.***After trying to read***I had to stop. i was half way through the book, and nothing happened except talking between Benton and the NYC DA, and Marino at a new job. Kay was examining a possible murder suspect. Tha [...]

    10. I have enjoyed most of the Scapetta books in the past, but I picked this one up with some doubt because I did not like the last one I read. I should have left it at the library. It seems that Kay has gone from researching crime to being the constant victim of psychos with nothing better to do than be mean to her. The main characters are becoming unlikeable to a man, and the side characters are poorly outlined and unbelieveable. And oh yeah - gratuititous dwarves. I am within a chapter of the end [...]

    11. After feeling like I was starting to fall out of love with this series, this particular installment seemed right back on track again. Tightly plotted, with less self-indulgence and more psychological depth and nuance.

    12. You miss a couple of these books, and suddenly Marino is a madman? Wha? This book is akin to an American eating Marmite- I'm reading it, but I'm not particularly sure why.

    13. Somewhere along the way, I think I missed a Kay Scarpetta book. Either that, or it's just been so darn long since I read the latest one - I spent a good portion of this book trying to puzzle out whether I had missed a book in which some fairly significant things happened, or whether these things took place between books and i really wasn't supposed to know more details. I really like the characters in these books, and I find forensic pathology fascinating, so I keep coming back for more, but I h [...]

    14. It took me an entire week to read this 500 page book. I know I had an unusually busy week, but I believe that if I had a couple of ‘can’t put down books’ I would have gotten several read. The plot was good on this book, but Cornwell seemed to concentrate on characters more than plot. I’ve been reading the Kay Scarpetta books since she first started writing them. I used to really like the characters but it seems as through the years, they’ve turned dark. I noticed it first with Lucy in [...]

    15. Murder mystery that was a true page turner. Kay Scarpetta, a well known forensic patholgist is called on a murder case by Oscar Bane (who is a dwarf). Oscar seeks the help of Scarpetta and the story of the murder of his girlfriend is a bizzare one. In search of the truth, the lives of many of the characters are revealed as the mystery unfolds. Scarpetta herself seems to have something to hide. There are many twists and turns, and I enjoyed this book for its suspense. The only dissappointing part [...]

    16. I used to love Patricial Cornwell so much. I read each book she wrotevoured them, really, and read them again. To say I have been disappointed in her last efforts would be a vast understatement. The stories Cornwell writes now, either in her investigation of Jack the Ripper or the most recent few Scarpetta novels; suffer from a severe lack of editing. I don't know if she has fired her editor, or simply is able to fire off a manuscript and send it to a publisher without ever having to go through [...]

    17. Scarpetta, the latest Kay Scarpetta mystery from Patricia Cornwell, is a book that evokes schizophrenic reactions from its readers. It isn't that you love it or you hate it. You love it and you hate it. It does have many faults that seem calculated to rub a reader the wrong way. Among these are characters that are getting old and predicable, too much detail, an almost self-conscious use of medical and computer jargon, too many references to events from prior books in the series, a plot line that [...]

    18. I expected a lot more from Ms Cornwell, who's writing I usually love. This book didn't have the same excitement, punch or intruige that the Scarpetta series usually offers. I usually finish the Scarpetta books in a matter of days (which is unusual for me becasue I'm not an exceptionally fast reader) because they are riddled with excitement, mystery and fast-moving plot. Sadly this one is an exception to that rule. I was only able to muddle through about 50 pages before becoming bored and slightl [...]

    19. I'm just not as into Scarpetta as I used to be. It seems there was so much STUFF other than the crime going on, that I lost interest in the story. Is someone ghostwriting this series now?

    20. Good enough; improved enough. If this book had been as horrible as the last few I would have stopped reading the series and left it disappointed that characters I had once loved had fallen so far. This one isn't excellent like the earliest books, but it is worthy of three stars which makes it much better than the last three or more.Kay Scarpetta seems to be regaining her confidence after a series of shots to her ego. She is working again at a job that is mostly equal to her skills. She is with B [...]

    21. I have once again stumbled upon a chapter in a series in "Scarpetta." You did not NEED to read previous books to enjoy this one, but it definitely would have made the story more satisfying if I had prior knowledge of the characters. There were some major plot points that hinged on events from past books. Nonetheless, Cornwell weaves a complex and fast-paced story. I tried reading her non-fiction a number of years ago and found that it was not for me. I hesitated to pick this up for that reason, [...]

    22. I do agree with the majority of reviewers that the 16th book of Cornwell's Scarpetta series is better then the last half dozen or so. The problem with this one is that it is a very long book that seems to creep along with a rushed ending trying to close everything off in the last 30 pages. Good story just not paced right.In this book Kay is now living in Boston with her husband Benton. South Carolina lasted for one book. She did leave Rose behind in South Carolina as she passed away between book [...]

    23. Completely disappointed that all was (spoiler) 'okay' with Marino, and virtually nothing was said. Yet another person to downplay sexual assault. Who cares if they knew him 20+ years? Many are assaulted by people they know. Shameful Cornwell concluded things in this manner. Marino should have stayed gone and been punished by the law, or Lucy for that matter. I felt nothing warm and fuzzy at the end. I'll be taking a break from Patricia Cornwell after this disgrace.

    24. Disclaimer…I love this series, I really do…I feel like part of the family so this review might be a bit over-the-top! I cannot stand the third person writing in the last third/half of the series…it is disgusting. It took so much away for me to not be inside Scarpetta’s mind. I have complained about this before in other reviews and comments on the series…it just makes me crazy. Even when I am deep inside the story, lost in the faraway world of forensics, murder and relationship drama, t [...]

    25. Cornwell's sixteenth novel in the series pulls the reader in from the beginning in hopes of processing many of the personal struggles the characters have faced up to now, as well as presenting a powerful mystery to entertain. When a man checks himself into a psychiatric facility in New York and will only speak to Dr. Scarpetta, the famed pathologist comes to speak with him. It is only then that the truth behind a recent slaying, that of the man's girlfriend, comes to light. Is this man guilty an [...]

    26. I had almost given up on this series, which centers on medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. I had come to really enjoy the earlier novels. She started her career in state service in Virginia, moved to the Carolinas for a short time to work with her niece, Lucy, and now she is working out of Boston. She and the rest of the characters usually get drawn into murder mysteries and must work to solve them. Her companions include her now-husband Benton Wesley, the earthy Detective Pete Marino, her lesbi [...]

    27. Patricia Cornwells 16. Scarpetta-Roman trägt den Namen der Protagonistin.Und so kann es nicht anders sein, dass der Fall - wieder einmal, muss man leider sagen - davon geprägt ist, dass Scarpettas Erfolg (sie ist in diesem Band für den Fernsehsender CNN tätig und kommentiert spektakuäre Fälle) die Neider auf den Plan ruft. So wird sie Opfer eines rufschädigenden Blog-Artikels, der die Geschehnisse aus Totenbuch aufdeckt (Marinos betrunkener, unschöner Übergriff auf Kay), wird vom parano [...]

    28. Patricia Cornwell's latest entry in the Kay Scarpetta series (named after both the protagonist and a book being written as part of a plot element) took a while to get moving. While this series usually grabs me and does not let go, a rather confusing series of events takes place early in the book.When a woman is murdered, the natural suspect is her boyfriend, who insists on being checked into the hospital and will not allow anyone to examine him except Kay Scarpetta. Oscar insists to Scarpetta th [...]

    29. Well, the most recent ones in this series before this one I'd been quite off about. Then after downloading this I saw the reviews which were pretty awfulbut I was pleasantly surprised as I really enjoyed it. In places it seemed written in an odd way where so many conversations between the characters were either double-edged or they were holding two conversations in one. Quite strange but it was the case throughout the whole story.I've stuck with these characters for many years now and though som [...]

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