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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (July 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067104687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671046873
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,085,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaimee on June 4 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patricia Cornwell's books are always something of a hit or miss affair but this must rate in the latter category.

The story-line is overly long and padded. Due to the story being strewn with needless details it drags a lot and becomes boring. The plot becomes muddled as there are a lot of loose ends

that aren't tied up, supposedly relevant 'clues' that are then disbanded with and worst of all 'facts' change mid tale!

Did the editor/proof-reader not spot this?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica Marshall on June 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book after reading about it in Dr Bass's book "Death's Acre" (he's the one who started the real "Body Farm").
I haven't read fiction in awhile, and have never read anything of this genre, but I loved this book. In fact after reading through this one, I promptly went to the store to by the first book in the series, "Postmortem", and I'm now on my fourth "Kay Scarpetta" book.
I definitely recommend these books to anyone interested in forensics, they are quite realistic as Cornwell puts a lot of research into her works of fiction.
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By Tearsa White on June 29 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After hearing the hype about Cornwell and then reading Death's Acre, I was excited to try out my first Cornwell book. I found the story line long, drawn out and boring and SO boring in fact, I could not even finish the book. If this story is any indication of Ms. Cornwell's other works, I am not interested in the least.
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By Aubree Meier on June 4 2004
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I absolutely loved this book. Never before have I read a novel that was so interesting and so knowledgable. Patricia Cornwell did an awesome job with description and explaining procedures. Everyone should read this book. It is full of every genre of writing and is perfect for even those who don't like to read!
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A young girl is murdered rather nastily in a small North Carolina town. Suspicion hangs over Temple Gault, the still at large serial killer who did the bad stuff in "Cruel and Unusual". Then one of the investigating cops is also found dead, apparently from autostrangulation in a solitary erotic misadventure. Kay Scarpetta aided by her friend FBI bigshot Benton Wesley and her old associate Captain Pete Marino are soon on the case. Both these gents have a serious thing for her and working relationships soon complicate. As does her relationship with Lucy, her computing genius niece, who is also working for the Feds but who has got into some dubious company and is overdoing the drink.
I rather liked "Cruel and Unusual" the first of this series I read so followed it up by reading this. It was OK. But if Cornwell belongs, as some evidently suppose, in the first division of crime writers it's not because of this book. It drags a little. And there are episodes in it that leave the reader rather dissatisfied, unwilling seriously to believe that THAT character would ever be likely to behave THAT way. It's well enough done - and seems impressively well researched - and would make an decent enough diversion if you're looking for something to read on the 'plane. But it didn't strike me as one of those crime novels that lovers of the genre should positively reproach themselves for omitting to read.
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This book will leave you a little chilled but isn't that what you want in a good mystery. This is a decent read in the Kay Scarpetta series.
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By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For reasons unknown to even myself, I've been reading this series completely out of order. This is the fifth book in the series of fifteen (to date), and the one with the most forensics out of the ones that I have read.

Postmortem(1990)
Body of Evidence (1991)
All That Remains (1992)
Cruel and Unusual (1993)
The Body Farm (1994)
From Potter's Field (1995)
Cause of Death (1996)
Unnatural Exposure (1996)
Point of Origin (1998)
Black Notice (1999)
The Last Precinct (2000)
Blow Fly (2003)
Trace (2004)
Predator (2005)
Book of the Dead (2007)

The main story is about the murder of an eleven year old girl in North Carolina, where the methods used and evidence found are similar to murders committed by a known serial killer. To complicate matters, the agent investigating the matter is discovered dead under strange and unusual circumstances and some incriminating evidence is found in his home.

In a sub-plot, Scarpetta's niece Lucy is under investigation for a possible security breach, and a family crisis follows soon after. Last, and certainly least, romance is in bloom for all the main characters, not always with the desired results.

If you ignore the sub-plots, affairs and unlikely romantic scenarios, the rest of the book gets down to the business of finding the girl's killer, but it takes an experiment at the Body Farm to come to the chilling conclusion.

This would have been a much better read with the excising of about one hundred extraneous pages of padding, but as it is, it's merely an okay forensic thriller.

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards
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This was my first Cornwell book, and overall I enjoyed it, but two complaints. First, Dr. Scarpetta, our heroine, is kinda dull. She's prudish, unfriendly, and lonely. But I guess all of this makes her human, though not much fun to read about. Second, I solved the case before she did. So the ending wasn't a surprise.
I liked this book well enough to read another Cornwell. It was short, and moved fast, and a nice lunch-break read...low on stress and not overly demanding of the reader.
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