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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; 1 edition (Sept. 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594131600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594131608
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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It's not often a crime novel offers such a smorgasbord of oddball elements, including autopsy advice, methods of combating tree blight, the use of spiders in sadomasochist torture and couples covering the sexual and psychological waterfronts. There's even a little nasty fun at the expense of television psychoanalysts. With geographic locations switching slightly faster than the speed of sound, it's to Reading's credit that she smoothes out the ultra rumpled excesses of Cornwell's mind-boggling plot and takes full advantage of the yarn's narrator-friendly present tense. Having given voice to several earlier books in the series, she's got the main characters down cold. Her Dr. Kay Scarpetta is all snarky professional reserve and personal insecurity. Self-loathing lesbian niece Lucy, sounds properly troublesome and troubled, with an added catch in the throat due to a secret she's keeping. Pete Marino, the bullet-headed, gym rat security chief of the Lucy-originated National Forensic Academy, sounds so gruff and aggressive, he should be kept on a chain leash. And Scarpetta's inamorato, Benton Wesley, whose study of mass murderers' brain patterns gives the novel its title, is, as his name suggests, the very model of a dry, annoyingly passive-aggressive personality. The joke here-intended or not-is that the novel's protagonists are almost as mentally or emotionally disturbed as its homicidal villains. Cornwell seems to have grown weary of the lot of them. But there's still a flicker of life left and Reading has the skill to make the most of it.
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'Cornwell still does it better than anyone else' Daily Mail 'Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear. Black Notice is no exception' The Times --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Willie on Nov. 8 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a long time Cornwell fan but I must agree with many of the other reviewers that this book is not up to the author's standards. I have enjoyed the Scarpetta series from the start. Here the complex character of Kay is lost to the rapid pacing and short chapters-I felt like I was reading a James Patterson Novel (who I can't stand!). All the great descriptions of Kay working at the crime scene, the great CSI stuff is all missing. I hope this is just blooper and not indicative of future works. I sometimes wonder if authors are being pushed to hard to produce and this might be the result?
If you are looking for an interesting thriller/mystery try the underground hit "Tourist in the Yucatan!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Delia on June 4 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just dont know what happened. I've bought all the Scarpetta books since the 80's, eagerly awaiting book release dates - counting down weeks before they came out. These were the only books for years that I bought in hardcover the day they were released. My loved ones knew not to bother me until I came up for air, closed the book and set it on my Cornwell shelf with a satisfied sigh.

But then, somewhere along the line, it all changed. She lost me about 3 or 4 books back. I don't know if it was the weird plots (is there plots?), or the new writing style (I hate the new writing style most of all - all present tense - sounds like script directions or Cliff notes or something - eg..... She thinks about Marino and wonders if she is going to have to fire him...). With her earlier books, I read every single word and I learned a lot with each book. I liked the first person, past-tense style and I understood what was going on, what Scarpetta was feeling and thinking and I was constantly shocked and delighted by the twists along the way. I liked Scarpetta, I rooted for her and cared what happened to her. I was never bored.

Now, I don't have a clue what's going on most of the time, and worse still, I mostly don't care. Maybe the reason I don't know what's going on is that I am so bored by the story and so distracted by the writing tense. I barely even like the characters any more. I mean what's happened to Marino? Will Lucy be all right? I don't know, and I am not sure that I care. I think the majority of the main characters need therapy. Lots and lots of therapy. But please don't share their therapy sessions with us. Just make them all better and get back to the forensics and crime solving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lila Reynolds on Nov. 27 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I absolutely adore Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels and have followed the series with enormous interest. Predator however, seems to run shy of the usual mark of excellence and falls more into the style of "Southern Cross" (which was not a Scarpetta novel), and was just plain "strange". In Predator, Kay's niece Lucy, comes across as "more than her usual weird" - just a little too weird for my liking. The terrible conflict between Kay and Marino is quite unsettling and uncharacteristic for the characters. Overall, it just didn't measure up with Cornwell's earlier work. I was disappointed to the point that I never finished the book.
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By imjce on June 1 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This being the first Kay Scarpetta series I've ever read, and it really wasn't that bad, but its really wasn't that good either. Cornwell does an excellent job of describing all the murder scenes and investigations, but there just wasn't that "hook" that hooks your interest urging you to read on. Throughout the story, Cornwell also tries to add a bit of colour to the chracters by giving them either a relationship plot, like Lucy, or by adding some newly discovered information about their past that is revealed, like Kay. The ending to the novel was really in my opinion stupid, if you will. Not giving away too much but in the end, it turns out that they've been chasing a ghost right underneath their noses. If you want to know what this means, read the novel...
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By P. Carleton on March 20 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm normally one for tried-and-true fiction-you know the books I'm talking about---the ones EVERYONE has read: Da Vinci Code by Brown, "Katzenjammer" by McCrae, or "Secret Life of Bees" by Kidd. So I veered off the path and chose this book. Glad I did. Refreshing (at least for me), this was a change of pace in many ways. Great literature? Don't think so, but it is an entertaining read, especially by the fire on a snowy evening. Check it out.
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By Deb Naaykens on May 3 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of the Kay Scarpetta novels several times. However Blowfly was a disappointment and Predator was so poor that many people thought that someone else must have written it. It is all over the place in plot, and make Scarpetta, Marino and Lucy all look like a bunch of has-beens. If the next novel isn't a vast improvement, Patricia Cornwell should put down the pen.
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