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Predator (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425210278
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Sept. 26 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OZ0NU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars She wrote this? July 23 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Horrible, what a disappointment! Seems like there were more than one author's hand in this book. Bad, Bad, Bad. She'd better get her act together or she's going to lose a huge readership.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a hot read July 5 2007
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Too many subplots are diluting the suspense to make this a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read June 1 2007
By imjce
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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