Predator Paperback – Large Print, Sep 26 2006
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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.See all Product Description
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If you are looking for an interesting thriller/mystery try the underground hit "Tourist in the Yucatan!"
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.Read more ›
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Loved the early Cornwell books but it may be time to stop reading her works for a few years (decades).Published on Sept. 28 2013 by Geordie A.
Horrible, what a disappointment! Seems like there were more than one author's hand in this book. Bad, Bad, Bad. Read morePublished on July 23 2007 by K. Crowe
I found this novel hard to follow, something was definitely missing. The plot, people and motives are confusing and I find they did not connect; you are left hanging at times. Read morePublished on July 5 2007 by Toni Osborne
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2006