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Red Mist: Scarpetta (Book 19) (The Scarpetta Series) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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A knife-edged thriller based on the exploits of the toughest female pathologist ever to conduct an autopsy...If you like your fiction fast-paced with a scientific twist, Cornwell delivers once again, and if you are new to Scarpetta, you are sure to be hooked by the end of the first chapter Irish Examiner The iconic forensic consultant is as brittle as ever, and the body count is as high as Cornwell fans have come to expect. Cornwell hasn't sold 100 million novels for no good reason Independent on Sunday

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With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell—the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer—once again proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall in this remarkable novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out.

Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale.

And she is the only one who can stop it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Dec 6 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried twice to read the first 100 pages Dec 27 2011
I gave up after the second try. Scarpetta is extremely morbid to the point of annoying. I find the last few Scarpetta novels similar. I use to love Cornwall books and is the reason I love foresic mysteries but the last few attempts are just torture to finish. I'm sorry, as much as I enjoyed reading the Scarpetta novels up to Scarpetta marrying Benton, I am no longer going to read her novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointing outing from Cornwell Jan. 9 2012
By PaddyD
This, alas, will likely be the last Patricia Cornwell book I ever buy. I said that the last time, but after reading a few initial good reviews, hope conquered experience and I bought Red Mist. I shouldn't have. I've read all of the Scarpetta novels over the years and loved the earlier ones. The last few have been bad and getting worse. I couldn't help thinking as I plowed through Red Mist, that if this had been a first book submitted to publishers it would have received nothing but rejection slips. The plot was not believable, the characters have one emotional speed (angry/irritable) and there was little or no real tension. There's no mystery - the foreshadowing (if you can call it that) was more like being hit over the head with a mallet. And motive? Who needs a compelling motive? Add to that, just plain lousy writing, which seemed to indicate that Cornwell's editor(s) seem to give her carte blanche these days. Either that, or she's trying very hard to get out of a long contract with her publisher. Either way, don't waste your money. There are far, far more compelling mystery writers out there worth your time and attention. (Lisa Gardner, Greg Iles, Harlen Coben, Michael Connelly...)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So sad the loss of a once great author Jan. 1 2012
I must repeat all that is written in the previous reviews ... such a loss of a once
magnificant author . There was a time I stayed up all night to finish her books.. now
I am saddened to lose that gift she bestowed upon us. And the booksigning post was very
disheartening indeed :(
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 4 2012
I agree with the other comments - I was a diehard fan for years but not anymore. It's almost as if another author is writing these last books as they are not at all of the caliber we experienced in the earlier years. A complete disappointment on all accounts sadly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame.... Jan. 7 2012
I have to agree with a lot of the previous reviews. This book plodded along. It took 200 pages for the story to get going! Like many of the other reviewers, I used to read every PC novel but the stories have really dwindled and I think this may be the last one I buy. I wish she would go back to her old format of writing, this one was just terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the nineteenth Kay Scarpetta novel so far published. In this novel, Kay Scarpetta travels to a prison near Savannah, Georgia because of a letter from an inmate. The inmate is Kathleen Lawler, a convicted sex offender who some 30 years previously had been sent to prison for seducing a 12-year-old boy called Jack Fielding. Jack Fielding, as readers of this series will know, was once Scarpetta's deputy chief medical officer in Boston.

Jack Fielding was murdered, shot in the head by his and Kathleen Lawler's daughter, Dawn Kincaid, and Scarpetta hopes that by meeting with Lawler she can find some answers to his aberrant behaviour and try to assuage her own guilt over his death.

But nothing goes to plan, and nothing is as it seems. When Scarpetta meets with Lawler, she is passed a piece of paper with a mobile phone number. And when she calls, she's shocked to find herself talking to Ms Jaime Berger: high profile New York District Attorney, and her niece Lucy's estranged lover. Somehow, Pete Marino is also involved and then the death of Kathleen Lawler results in its own investigation, which involves both Kay Scarpetta's husband and niece. When will the killings stop, and who is behind them?

I enjoyed this series far better when Kay Scarpetta was helping solve the crimes, not caught up in the centre of them. It's all too convoluted, soap opera-ish and angsty for me, and I think I'll stop my Scarpetta journey here. So long, and thanks for the memories.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars red mist Oct. 2 2012
By zoda
An arrogant book..could not get past 4 chapters. Written as if you needed to read all her previous books to follow the plot..who are these characters..she assumes we know & just carries on..Loved her early books but I m done with her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i miss the old cornwell books Dec 28 2011
well, I have read all of Cornwell's books for the last 20 years and I do agree with others that they have declined (the declination began with Blowfly which was the first of her books i became very disappointed in, I really miss the older novels up to Black Notice which i think was the last excellent book she has written, I miss the days of simple yet complex themes with more attn to the forensic pathology that made those books so great, I do not care for all the politics and the high edge technology in all the later books can get pretty boring most times, i wish she would go back to her style of writing for which she became so famous-and i do miss the setting in Richmond, Va. Of course PC is gonna make many millions off of any book she writes most likely, but it would be nice if she would listen to all the Scarpetta fans who have been faithful since Postmorten first debuted. Please PC give us a book more similar to the style you used in your first 10 novels, however i will say the death of one the characters appearing in her books since The Last Precinct was a bit of a shocker and did most likely keep me reading this book til the end, but it still doesn't compare to the older ones and I found it a bit tedious that the first 1/3 of this book takes place in one day!!!!
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