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Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Virginia Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has a bloody puzzle on her hands: five headless, limbless cadavers in Ireland, plus four similar victims in a landfill back home. Is a serial butcher loose in Virginia? That's what the panicked public thinks, thanks to a local TV reporter who got the leaked news from her boyfriend, Scarpetta's vile rival, Investigator Percy Ring. But the butchered bodies are so many red herrings intended to throw idiots like Ring off the track. Instead of a run-of-the-mill serial killer, we're dealing with a shadowy figure who has plans involving mutant smallpox, mass murder, and messing with Scarpetta's mind by e-mailing her gory photos of the murder scenes, along with cryptic AOL chat-room messages. The coolest innovation: Scarpetta's gorgeous genius niece, Lucy, equips her with a DataGlove and a VPL Eyephone, and she takes a creepy virtual tour of the e-mailed crime scene.

Unnatural Exposure boasts brisk storytelling, crackling dialogue, evocative prose about forensic-science sleuthing, and crisp character sketches, both of familiar characters like Scarpetta's gruff partner Pete Marino and bit players like the landfill employee falsely accused by Ring. Plus, let's face it: serial killers are old hat. Cornwell's most vivid villains are highly plausible backstabbing colleagues like Ring, who plots to destroy Lucy's FBI career by outing her as a lesbian. Some readers object to the rather abrupt ending, but, hey, it's less jarring than Hannibal's, and it's the logical culmination of Cornwell's philosophy about human nature. To illuminate the novel's finale, read Cornwell's remarks on paranoia in her Amazon.com interview. --Tim Appelo

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Kay Scarpetta grapples with a serial killer who contacts her via the Internet in this latest from crime novelist Cornwell, who is involved in some headline-making scandal of her own: In a recent trial, she was named as the former lover of a woman whose husband attempted to murder her in a rage over the affair.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VFTYW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell does it again July 7 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
as always cornwell has not failed her fans!! this excellent book has the trademark descriptions and characters in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cornwell Again!! June 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Loved the book!! I've read most of the Kay Scarpetta series books and have enjoyed each one. This one was unique in it's subject and style. If you love a good mystery, Patricia Cornwell can write them and you won't be disappointed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not my favorite March 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is a good read, but I'll admit I enjoyed the others better. Still, if you're a Kay Scarpetta fan, you'll want to include this in your reading of the series.
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It's funny: at med school a continuing joke is that the worst med students, at the bottom of the class, wind up as pathologists, because at least then they can't kill anyone. Here we're presented with a humorless, unlikable protagonist who is constantly flattered and told how brilliant she is -- I had heard these were bad, but I tried two and these really are the worst crime novels I've ever read. I know my dissenting vote won't affect the true fans, but this is subliterary dreck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell Does Not Disappoint. Dec 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This may not have been my favourite Kay Scarpetta, but I still enjoyed it to the point where I didn't want to put it down. I find that Dr. Kay is getting more and more human with each book, and that's a good thing! In my estimation though, Ms. Cornwell dwells too much on the homosexual angle with each book. This leads me to question Lucy's authenticity since she seems less and less real with each book. I think the books would be improved without her character. Ms. Cornwell tries too hard with her, and it shows. But Kay, Benton and Marino are real characters. In this book we don't see as much of Marino and that's a loss. The story is intense and gripping, and the tension really doesn't ease up. The book deals with biological terrorism, and that is certainly a hot topic right now. For those of us Scarpetta lovers who love a tense and gripping tale with lots of forensics, this book does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick review- Unnatural Exposure Dec 8 2003
By Vikki
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Quick Review- Unnatural Exposure
I adore Patricia Cornwell's books; the mystery, the murder, the suspense- and this book doesn't let you down.
In Ireland five dismembered, beheaded bodies have been found and now five more have been found in America. Their murderer has struck all across America and has been named the Butcher.
But the tenth body is different. The victim was already seriously ill, when she was murdered- with an unknown deadly virus.
Soon people are dying from this disease across America, and no one knows what it is or what could possibly stop it- there's no pattern to it. It's like a super Smallpox.
Scarpetta is still struggling along, but seems to be getting tougher- well slightly.
But then along with stories leaking to the press about the virus, the murder is contacting Scarpetta. And the murderer seems to be taking over Scarpetta's identity.
But as if it seems, it can't get any worse- it seems that Scarpetta may have caught the deadly disease . . .
I love the twists and turns of this book- the way you never know what is going to happen next. Patricia Cornwell describes the emotions of the characters and the situations in such a way that you almost feel that it's real- it makes you feel weird about going out at night and who you trust . . .

If you are going to get one book this Christmas- make it be this one, it'll be worth your while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a fan of Patricia Cornwell Aug. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always enjoyed reading the Kay Scarpetta series, and this book didn't let me down either. I enjoyed the story, and more so that it took place in Ireland, but all the clues pointed elsewhere. I enjoy the way Patricia describes every detail of the book. I can't wait until she releases another book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a fan of Patricia Cornwell Aug. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always enjoyed reading the Kay Scarpetta series, and this book didn't let me down either. I enjoyed the story, and more so that it took place in Ireland, but all the clues pointed elsewhere. I enjoy the way Patricia describes every detail of the book. I can't wait until she releases another book!
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