- Paperback: 387 pages
- Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New edition edition (June 11 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0708853277
- ISBN-13: 978-0708853276
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #784,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Body of Evidence Paperback – Jun 11 1992
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From Library Journal
Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia and heroine of Postmortem , gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death in Richmond of romance writer Beryl Madison. Now Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protege of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur and the killer closes in on her, Kay suffers palpitations over the sudden and devious reappearance of long-lost lover Mark but still finds time to provide forensic details. Despite its foregone conclusion, a swift-moving, thrilling, and provocative second novel.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Los Angeles Daily News
Cornwell has the milieu and the facts down cold...a complex story that wends a devious path through dark spaces where corpses are discovered at practically every turn.
The Washington Post Book World
Takes the reader into the fascinating world of the forensic crime lab...a complex, multi-layered novel with enough twists and turns for two books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Of course one expects autopsies where we feature a medical examiner but this time, Kay Scarpetta conducts one - briefly. We were hardly at that office. There are only comments about checking-in and leaving. The obnoxious policeman is an ally and Kay is not dealing with a depressed niece. The victim was slashed horrifically but the overall novel isn't permeated with grimness. Kay is much more a sleuth, with friends and resources. The mystery about how and why an author was killed, who had been fleeing a stalker, is perplexing and a flame of Kay's has puzzling origins.
<b>Patricia</b> must have hit her stride while also creating a palatable story. Long before we travel to Florida, apparently Kay's home, this mystery bounced along in a way that had my interest. It is easy to become invested when clues are few. The team demonstrated how they puzzled-out leads step-by-step. Who would kill a skilled author, private to the extent that few knew her? What was her peculiar past in another author's household? That Kay stays there, as well as investigating Florida, local places, and an explosive manuscript.... were icing on a cake that I had been enjoying already!
All in all, a good read, and I shall read more of PC.
The protagonist Dr. Kay Scarpetta is interesting enough and the insights into the work of a forensic pathologist are morbidly intriguing (yes, I used to watch "Quincy" on TV, too). But what makes or breaks a mystery novel is the way that the plot is structured and the characters relate to one another. In a first-rate mystery, there are slight *possible* clues offered early on that later turn out to be pivotal to how the case is resolved. Here, however, Cornwell commits one of the cardinal sins of mystery writing: she creates a virtually unrelated character as the primary villain, one who isn't even introduced until halfway through the book. This results in an almost deus-ex-machina feel to the resolution of the crime(s). She also presents an unbelievably hokey identity twist that serves to bring some rather banally presented romantic interest into the story.
I can say no more here, lest I act as a "spoiler," boo, hiss. Let me add, however, that her descriptions of places are not a strong point. Having spent time in Key West, I didn't particularly feel that the island "came alive" through her depiction of it.
Overall, this book seems to reveal a still inexperienced writer who simply is still feeling her way along within the difficult but also overcrowded mystery genre. I am hopeful that some of Cornwall's later books are more sophisticated and well thought-out in terms of their structure; this one is simply not a first-rate work.
For people looking for really well-done mysteries, I would recommend the work of the following authors: Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben (usually good, but not always), and Sue Grafton. I'm sure there are many, MANY more, but I hardly would claim to have digested them all.