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Dust: Scarpetta (Book 21) Hardcover – Nov 12 2013

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Nov. 12 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157578
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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“When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”

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About the Author

PATRICIA CORNWELL’s most recent bestsellers include The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

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Patricia Cornwell's 21st novel Dust is a return to all the things that made the Scarpetta series great.

As with past books Cornwell subtly and smoothly incorporates current technology into the storyline. The reader is given a taste of this in Dust when a droid cell phone mixes into the crime scene and when Scarpetta uses cutting edge technology to autopsy the victim - technologies that may seem far-fetched to readers but that are actually currently being used in real life.

The plot is an intricate web of Scarpetta, Benton, Lucy and Marino working to solve the crime as FBI hands of corruption reach out and try to stop the wheels of justice. This brings Benton into the foreground and we get a glimpse into his world as he struggles to work against the FBI and solve the case at hand.

Nothing is left out in Dust and character relationships are again at the forefront of this book. Marino's new position has shifted the dynamics between him and other characters making everyone cautious around him. Lucy is her usual strong-willed self and this time becomes embroiled in the case at hand. And Cornwell finally reveals more information about Scarpetta's husband Benton Wesley. The reader now sees a new depth to Benton, has a better understanding of how he works and ultimately gains insight about his important role in Scarpetta's life. (I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of Dust.) Scarpetta is more like she was in the earlier books of the series and drives the story forward. Strong-willed, independent minded and protective of her family and friends, she carefully yet deliberately works the crime scene, slowly sorting through all the clues which ultimately leads to the case being solved.
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I have read better from Cornwell. Agree with previous reviewers that this meanders on and on with minimal content to keep you engaged. I'm used to reading Cornwell and finishing it in one day as I get lost in the story and can't put it down. Just couldn't get into this novel as there was so little forensics and crime solving and too much emotional rambling.
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I used to be a total fan of these books and couldn't wait for a new one to come out. Then I thought that Patricia Cornwell had lost her way with the last few and had stopped reading them. A relative was reading Dust and said that he thought she was back on form and so I gave it a go. I was disappointed to be honest. Far too much introspection and soul searching for me, too much looking back and nowhere near enough cooking - no I mean that seriously lets be honest the cooking was a great part of the fun in the older books and apart from a couple of mentions which I think were put in there as a sop to past readers there was a dearth of delicious Sicilian food.

It was okay but I can't say I was thrilled with it. Sorry Ms Cornwell.
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Main characters were way over the top....seriously...so deep and troubled and wounded...it's like us poor pathetic every day people have no idea how traumatizing it is to be so intelligent, edgy and so in tune with ourselves and the ones we love...........
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It sure wasn't up to snuff with Patricia Cornwell's other books but of course I like the characters and nice to have another book. The sentences run on, some aren't even sentences, and many don't even make sense. Looks like some were cut and not pasted correctly. This is an editing problem and perhaps in an effort to get the book out, the editing was overlooked. Other than the literary short-falls the book kept me interested and entertained.
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Scarpetta novels always have her being attacked by bad guys or envious politicians.The problem - She always seems to whining about it. Too much paranoia for me.
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Very disappointed in this book, it's not nearly as good as most of her earlier ones which I have enjoyed reading over the years.
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Another good story, until the end. I'm pretty well giving up on Cornwell being able to end her complex and well-written tales in a way that isn't rush. So often the endings now are just slipshod and a little too facile. Still, recommended.
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