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Blow Fly: Scarpetta (Book 12) (The Scarpetta Series) by [Cornwell, Patricia]
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From Publishers Weekly

"Please don't go there. The past is the past," sighs New York Assistant District Attorney Jaime Berger, who herself was introduced in Cornwell's last Kay Scarpetta novel, The Last Precinct (2000). Alas, many of Cornwell's fans are bound to agree. One fascinating nonfiction bestseller (Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed) later, Cornwell now returns to Scarpetta, formerly Virginia's chief medical examiner. From the start, however, the formidable author is up against the equally formidable task of getting her charismatic main character off ice and back in action. We encounter Scarpetta languishing in a crumbling little rental house in Florida. She has taken refuge there and become a private forensic consultant after she was driven from her job for her alleged involvement in the murder of a deputy police chief. The violent death of her lover, Benton Wesley, the brilliant FBI psychological profiler, has left her filled with an unappeasable grief. When the coroner in Baton Rouge asks her advice on a cold case concerning an affluent woman found dead of a drug overdose in a seedy hotel, it seems little more than a diversion. Yet it becomes clear that the overdose may be related to a fresh string of serial killings. Also disturbing Scarpetta's somber peace is a troubling letter from someone out to kill her, the sick and obsessed death-row inmate Jean-Baptiste. When Scarpetta is at last allowed to get back to business, she is a feisty, independent powerhouse whose capacity to concentrate and observe rivals Sherlock Holmes's. But too much of this book is bound up in retrospective musings about events in previous books. The great Scarpetta, her fiery crime-busting niece, Lucy, and a colorful supporting cast deserve better.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kay Scarpetta fans will miss their favorite forensic pathologist in this new thriller, as Cornwell cedes much of the spotlight to other characters in the long-running series. Lucy, Kay's defiant niece, and Marino, the bad-tempered, opinionated cop, are here, as are several familiar depraved psychopaths--among them, "Wolfman" Jean-Baptiste Chandonne and his twin brother, who first surfaced in Black Notice (2000). It appears that Chandonne, whose execution date is drawing near, wants to see Kay, ostensibly to reveal information about his family that will ensure the collapse of their Mob cartel and to have her administer the drug that will end his life. But, as usual in Cornwell's more recent books, absolutely nothing is what it seems. Granted, there are some compelling (and gruesome) moments, and a few loose ends from previous books are finally taken care of... Otherwise, though, this is a murky stew, indeed, with action careening in way too many directions. Oh, for a return to the Cornwell who created the tough but vulnerable Scarpetta, who, at center stage, used her intellect and forensic training to solve a more straightforward mystery. Stephanie Zvirin
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1045 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Sept. 7 2004)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OIZSFA
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars 532 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The early Scarpetta novels were ground breaking. Since the appaearance of the WolfMan and his jolly family, this series has gone down hill and beyond. It is doubtful that had this been an unknown author's work, any publisher would have picked it up.
The plot, such as it is, is nonsensical. We are supposed to believe that Benton Wesley's death was faked, for the benefit of Scarpetta, with the long term aim of using Kay to bring about the demise of the Chardonneau family by means of convoluted false messages, red herrings etc. At the end of the day, Welsey simpy goes to their home in Baton Rouge and kills some of them - why did he need to forge various pretexts to get Kay there etc, when all he had to do was burst in a la Rambo and shoot 'em up?
Underneath this slapdash writing lurks some dodgy political views, namely that good people are justified in doing bad things to bad people if it removes the bad guys (the references to Iraq and 9/11 telegraph this unsavoury viewpoint several times).
Clearly Cornwall has nothing more to say about Scarpetta, Marino, Lucy et al and should stop this series now. Sadly, the ludicrously unlikely escape of the Wolf Man means that more yawn inducing antics involving Wolfie going after Kay will ensue..
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Format: Hardcover
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I normally enjoy Cornwell's novels as light relief on a plane, but this one was seriously disappointing. There's only one crime scene investigation, towards the end, of a largely irrelevant murder, and the rest of the book seems to be made up of the guilt and neuroses of the central characters as they all move away from the professional orbits that (once) made them so interesting. The Wolfman (yawn!) and his twin brother Jay are trotted out YET AGAIN as the bad boys of the piece, only to be despatched 'offscreen' at the end. I agree with other readers that the ending was sudden and flat - I convinced myself that I had missed a chapter and resorted to shaking the novel to see if the extra pages would suddenly materialise, explaining what went down at the shack and how Benton killed Jay and what happened to the Wolfman. No such luck. This didn't seem like a cliffhanger, more like a "I can't be bothered" from the author. I shall seriously debate buying any future Cornwell books - "Jack The Ripper" was a shoddy piece of scholarship, and this was lazily written throughout, lacking the taut plot and original characterisation that made the others in the series so enjoyable. A real shame.
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Format: Hardcover
I purposely did not read the reviews on this one before I gave it a read. Patricia Cornwell has certainly disappointed her fans. The characterization was flat throughout. I kept thinking this has to get better. The ending came abruptly, and afterwards I felt cheated! I have read all of Cornwell's novels and this by far ranks as the worst ever. I think a lot popular authors become more concerned with pumping books out for the (...) than anything else. I mean when you are already rich and famous...why bother entertaining others? I will read reviews on the next Cornwell novel before I plop down my good money.
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Format: Hardcover
This book completely drags through the chapters. The characters are maudlin and fail to even encourage involvement with their varying emotional traumas. Then you are rewarded for hanging on through the entire book to an ending that makes you want to throw the book through the closest window.
Ms. Cornwell sadly uses Marketing 101 tactics to pump up sales for the next Scarpetta novel with an abrupt, "cliff hanger" ending that seems to almost stop midsentence. I've been a devoted reader but, honestly, don't know if I'll buy the next one. It's too bad Ms. Cornwell that you're willing to sacrifice the excellent writing skills that brought us to you in the first place just to meet your publishing demands. Am I the only person out there who thought a natural progression for Kay would be to join Lucy in her "below the radar" organization to begin solving some really interesting crimes? Ms. Cornwell I truly hope you are reading your reviews and comments from readers--we deserve better than "Blow Fly."
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Format: Hardcover
I feel the Scarpetta series has slipped a couple notches with the last 2 or 3 books. Before starting this book, I read all the bad reviews so I tried to keep an open mind and low expectations. Even with that, this book left a lot to be desired. This one finds Scarpetta trying to pick up the pieces of her life after leaving her job in Virginia. It once again features Jay Talley, aka Jean-Paul Chandonne, and his wolf-like brother, Jean-Baptiste, who now sits on death row in Texas. I didn't think the book started out too badly until I reached the point where Cornwell resorted to a plot device commonly used in soap operas--someone was brought back from the dead. At that point, I almost threw the book down in disgust. I kept on, however, despite that, the weak plot and the almost pointless presence of Lucy and Marino. Marino in particular had little to do in this book except pout about not being the love of Scarpetta's life. The ending was completely anti-climatic and worse, left the door open for another book featuring Jean-Baptiste as the bad guy killer. Overall, it feels like this series has turned into a bad soap opera. Scarpetta's personal life features too prominently in the story. Cornwell should get back to letting Scarpetta solve crimes and leave her personal life more in the background.
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