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Cruel and Unusual: A Kay Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)
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Cruel and Unusual: A Kay Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

This fourth mystery to feature Virginia Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kay Scarpetta was a 12-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-In this fourth Kay Scarpetta mystery, the chief medical examiner for the state of Virginia is once again challenged by gruesome murder and confusing evidence. How could the fingerprints of Ronnie Joe Waddell appear at the scene of a murdered psychic after Waddell was executed in the electric chair? In the midst of many puzzling matters come other difficult issues to confront Kay as she tries to do her job. She becomes the object of hysterical media attention, and finds that she herself might be indicted for the very crimes she is trying to solve. Someone is sabotaging her efforts by hacking into her computer files and leaking information. Exasperated, she calls upon her niece, Lucy, a 17-year-old computer whiz, whom readers will remember from earlier "Scarpetta" novels. Along with FBI agent Benton Wesley and police chum Pete Marino, Lucy helps Kay solve the murders and ferret out the traitor in her office. YAs will enjoy the teen's angst and the exciting twist at the book's end.
Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003Q1FF8W
  • Publisher: Scribner (Dec 1 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery March 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a darn good mystery read that certainly keeps you up at night turning the pages. Isn't that what we all want here? More enjoyable Kay Scarpetta for fans of this series. Well worth staying up late to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner April 20 2004
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I really liked this book. It is a page turner for sure. I would read before I went to bed and have to force myself to find a stopping point. If the ending was written differently I would have given it 5 stars, but it was still fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome novel April 19 2004
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My mother and I are just hooked on reading Patricia Cornwell, we started somewhere in the middle with one book but since have gone back to the beginning. They are the only books I am currently seeking out to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery Worth Investigating March 9 2004
By snalen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kay Scarpetta is Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As such she has the nasty job of processing the remains of murderer Ronnie Waddell, electrocuted after ten years of incarceration. The next day she has another body on her hands, a young man, Eddie Heath, dumped in the street strangely mutiliated. The modus operandi of Heath's murder has some suggestive echoes of the killing for which Waddell is executed. And the plot thickens further when a middle-aged fortune-teller turns up dead in her car and a fingerprint found on her furniture is identified as one of Waddell's. Meanwhile all is not well is Dr Scarpetta's office. Someone has been mucking about with the files on her computer and her morgue supervisor, Susan Stevens, is acting very oddly...
This is rather good fun, extremely readable stuff. It's the first of Cornwell's books I have read and it leaves me feeling pretty well-disposed to the prospect of reading one or two more. Scarpetta is an interesting heroine, likeable but complicated and Cornwell is an excellent plotter. If you like crime fiction and haven't tried any Cornwell before, you could do a lot worse than checking this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! Feb. 3 2004
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In CRUEL & UNSUAL by super-writer, Patricia Cornwell, Kay finds herself the prime suspect as she tries to make a connection between three murders!
Great characters and super plot!
(Highly Recommended!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery Jan. 27 2004
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If your looking for a suspensful thriller you'll find it with Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell. In it the main charicter, Dr. Kay Scarpetta a medical examiner, finds herself traped in a web of murders. Her investigations of them lead her back to a conspiracy which is being covered up in her own legal department. I found the book to be disturbing as well as compeling at the same time. The first of it was a little crowded and hard to follow but it improved as it went on. It was more then I expected it to be. The more I read, the more involved I became and I couldn't put it down. One of the best mystery books I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book to read during the holidays! Jan. 6 2004
This is only the second of the author's "Kay Scarpetta" novels that I've read, and I wasn't all that impressed with _Postmortem,_ so I approached this fourth book in the series with some scepticism, even though It seems to be one of the best reviewed. After a decade of appeals, Ronnie Joe Waddell is finally being executed and Scarpetta waits to perform the autopsy (though I'm not clear why that should be necessary). But that same evening, a young boy is ritually murdered in a manner very reminiscent of Waddell's style. That's followed by another murder -- and Waddell's fingerprints apparently are found on the scene. Was someone else executed in his place? The authorities involved, of course, don't even want to *think* about such an appalling possibility. More murders follow, including Scarpetta's own Morgue Attendant, and suddenly links seem to be turning up to tie the Chief Medical Examiner to the killings, as well as to corruption in her own office. All the action takes place in the few weeks preceding and following the Christmas-New Year's holidays, and the gray, cold winter adds greatly to the flavor of the narration.

There's no question that this one is an improvement over the first one I read. Cornwell doesn't bring in a completely new character in the last chapter to be the villain, for one thing. And she has added considerable depth to the personalities of all the repeating characters, especially Lt. Pete Marino of Richmond Homicide and FBI Special Agent Benton Wesley. My favorite, though, is Lucy, Scarpetta's niece from Miami, who possesses what another character calls a "frightening intellect." But she's still seventeen years old, and her home life is, in many ways, not a happy one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! Dec 4 2003
By A Customer
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This is awesome! Excellent plot! After reading this, you should read From Potter's Field!
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