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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; First Edition edition (Dec 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399155163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155161
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Paperback edition.

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Patricia Cornwell explore subtilement les failles de chacun de ses personnages et entraîne le lecteur dans un tourbillon de conjectures au coeur de New York. Un vingtième roman écrit de main de maître par celle qui a remporté le prix du meilleur roman policier aux Galaxy British Book Awards pour son précédent livre (Registre des morts) et qui célèbre aujourd'hui les vingt ans d'existence de son personnage, le médecin légiste Kay Scarpetta. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Mills on June 20 2010
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fenelon Mom on May 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ Tours on Feb. 8 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaycee 2 on April 24 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By voraciousreader on Sept. 30 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Allan Martel on Nov. 23 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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