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PATRICIA CORNWELL
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Sept. 26 2006 Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers
Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best - persuading the dead to speak to her. And in Boston, Benton Wesley is working on a secret case involving convicted killers. It is a project which gives Scarpetta deep disquiet, as does the behaviour of her niece, Lucy, who is spending too much time in cheap bars looking for casual pick-ups. The Academy is called when a woman's body is found in Boston. She has been tortured, sexually abused, her body tattooed with handprints. The same sort of handprints Lucy had seen on the flesh of her latest pick-up. Meanwhile, Scarpetta and Marino are investigating the disappearance of a family in Florida, called in by a concerned neighbour, but as they search and find the tell-tale signs of abduction rather than disappearance, they also discover that someone had assumed the identity of the caller, and she is now dead. They've been set up, and it becomes clear that someone is tracking their every move.
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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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'When she is this good, she is hard to beat.' New Statesman 'Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns.' Mirror --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened? Nov. 8 2005
By Willie
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Predator 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Better luck next time Jan. 17 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I can say this is the first book by Patricia Cornwell that I didn't want to finish. It jumped around too much, and the reader really didn't learn much about anyone, and moreso didn't care to. It was thin, and uninteresting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last book of hers that I'll buy for a while. Sept. 28 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Loved the early Cornwell books but it may be time to stop reading her works for a few years (decades).
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1.0 out of 5 stars The cover is all right.....I guess..... June 4 2007
By Delia
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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