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Scarpetta: Scarpetta (Book 16) (The Scarpetta Series) Kindle Edition

2.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Length: 513 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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

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View our feature on Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta.

From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Nov. 25 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001650UQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I'm such a Scarpetta fan, but this novel is soooo boring. I find it a difficult read, as it doesn't flow. I will finish it sometime this week- but I started it at Christmas 2009!! I agree that in the last 2 novels the writing hasn't been there- it doesn't intrigue me. Maybe Patricia should take some downtime and "go back" to her creative roots- roots the brought us From Potter's Field and Post Mortem and create novels that are complex but exciting at the same time.
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I too found this book disappointing. I read it to the end but it was more of a soap opera concentrating on the personal problems and emotional baggage of the main characters. The gripping forensic mystery element was missing for me. I hope that Patricia Cornwall returns to the formula used in her early books which I ould not put down.
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By ELI (Italy) TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 6 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very brief comment from someone who has read, and enjoyed, ALL of Ms. Cornwell's murder mysteries in connection with Kay Scarpetta: this book is simply not up to standard. It is laborious to the point of being confusing and boring. Another brutal homicide and all the old connections are there, Marino, Lucy, Benton etc., but their characterization is somehow lost, almost detached from the main story line, speaking of which it is quite intriguing and entertaining. That is the only positive note. Still, I found almost nothing of the old Scarpetta in this book and it was disappointing. Sorry Ms. Cornwell, try again.
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Almost 600 pages and the story is not worth 60. There is no mystery or suspense. The story takes place over 24 hours. To say that it looks at the personnal baggage of the characters is stretching it. There are crimes which seem to have very little to do with the story. The fact that the culprit is discovered seems to be just a by-line. The suspects who do appear beg the question - why bother? In the end they just do not have anything to do with the solution. Save a forest and don't buy this book.
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By jaycee 2 on April 24 2009
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Once again, Patricia Cornwell brought me many hours of good reading with this newest book. Shows that even Scarpetta is vulnerable to a psycho, Oscar Bane, who moved right into her mind and soul. Keep writing Scarpetta novels, they are the best. Can't wait until the next one.
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I really don't think Patricia Cornwell is writing these books anymore. This is terribly written. The characters are all flat. The plot is muddled and confusing. I think it's time for Cornwell to finish up and stop disappointing fans with these disappointing sequels.
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I have read several of Ms. Cornwell's books in the past and I note that, in my view, they have declined in quality over recent years. This one is almost twice as thick as a normal novel and I could not get past the first fifty pages even though I tried three times.

I can't explain exactly why, but I have the feeling of an organ grinder cranking out the verbage within a fixed formula, much like a tune on a player piano. There is nothing new here, it's the same old, same old without even any further exploration of the cast of characters.

Perhaps I'm just spoiled by the wonderful writing of the late Steig Larsen or by the likes of Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin. Against this tableau of quality, this novel just doesn't cut it.
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I have just started reading this book, and I must say....it may not get finished. Am thoroughly dissappointed. If this was the first Scarpetta novel I'd read, I certainly wouldn't search out others. It seems disjointed, and almost scary to read. The mental confusion and missing pieces of the puzzle just don't seem like Cornwell at all. Normally, you can read a Scarpetta novel and pick up right from where the last one left off. This one seems to be missing a novel in between somehow, and Cornwell is desperately attempting to bring us up to speed, but not quite getting there. Sadly, I think Scarpetta is on her way to the trash bin.
I thought Marino's character was sabotaged in the last novel, but so far...this is just plain painful.
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