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The Body Farm: Scarpetta 5 (The Scarpetta Series) by [Cornwell, Patricia]
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New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell brings back Kay Scarpetta, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling novel. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crimes, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility--until she is accused of a shocking security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as the Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder--and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined . . .

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Cornwell ( Body of Evidence ; All That Remains ) casts a wider, surer narrative net in the latest case set for her increasingly complex heroine, Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an FBI consultant, Scarpetta investigates the North Carolina murder of 11-year-old Emily Steiner, whose mutilation suggests the M.O. of an escaped killer met previously in Cruel and Unusual. Forensic clues from the body's second autopsy prompt Scarpetta to request that certain experiments be made at the University of Tennessee's Decay Research Facility, known as the Body Farm. Meanwhile, she, Pete Marino of the Richmond, Va., police, and her new love interest, FBI Unit Chief Benton Wesley investigate the apparent suicide (from autoerotic asphyxiation) of the local FBI agent in charge of the case. Then, Scarpetta's computer-whiz niece Lucy, working at FBI headquarters at Quantico, is charged with violating security. During her travels between North Carolina and Virginia, Scarpetta worries about both the less-than-forthcoming Lucy and Marino, who becomes emotionally entangled with Emily's beautiful stricken mother. Results at the Body Farm lead her to a convincing, if abrupt, resolution. Deeper characterization and a more intricate plot mark this fifth in a consistently compelling series. 500,000 first printing; paperback rights to Berkley; audio rights to Simon & Schus ter; Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045UADFI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book after reading about it in Dr Bass's book "Death's Acre" (he's the one who started the real "Body Farm").
I haven't read fiction in awhile, and have never read anything of this genre, but I loved this book. In fact after reading through this one, I promptly went to the store to by the first book in the series, "Postmortem", and I'm now on my fourth "Kay Scarpetta" book.
I definitely recommend these books to anyone interested in forensics, they are quite realistic as Cornwell puts a lot of research into her works of fiction.
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Format: Paperback
Patricia Cornwell's books are always something of a hit or miss affair but this must rate in the latter category.

The story-line is overly long and padded. Due to the story being strewn with needless details it drags a lot and becomes boring. The plot becomes muddled as there are a lot of loose ends

that aren't tied up, supposedly relevant 'clues' that are then disbanded with and worst of all 'facts' change mid tale!

Did the editor/proof-reader not spot this?!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
For reasons unknown to even myself, I've been reading this series completely out of order. This is the fifth book in the series of fifteen (to date), and the one with the most forensics out of the ones that I have read.

Body of Evidence (1991)
All That Remains (1992)
Cruel and Unusual (1993)
The Body Farm (1994)
From Potter's Field (1995)
Cause of Death (1996)
Unnatural Exposure (1996)
Point of Origin (1998)
Black Notice (1999)
The Last Precinct (2000)
Blow Fly (2003)
Trace (2004)
Predator (2005)
Book of the Dead (2007)

The main story is about the murder of an eleven year old girl in North Carolina, where the methods used and evidence found are similar to murders committed by a known serial killer. To complicate matters, the agent investigating the matter is discovered dead under strange and unusual circumstances and some incriminating evidence is found in his home.

In a sub-plot, Scarpetta's niece Lucy is under investigation for a possible security breach, and a family crisis follows soon after. Last, and certainly least, romance is in bloom for all the main characters, not always with the desired results.

If you ignore the sub-plots, affairs and unlikely romantic scenarios, the rest of the book gets down to the business of finding the girl's killer, but it takes an experiment at the Body Farm to come to the chilling conclusion.

This would have been a much better read with the excising of about one hundred extraneous pages of padding, but as it is, it's merely an okay forensic thriller.

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards
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A young girl is murdered rather nastily in a small North Carolina town. Suspicion hangs over Temple Gault, the still at large serial killer who did the bad stuff in "Cruel and Unusual". Then one of the investigating cops is also found dead, apparently from autostrangulation in a solitary erotic misadventure. Kay Scarpetta aided by her friend FBI bigshot Benton Wesley and her old associate Captain Pete Marino are soon on the case. Both these gents have a serious thing for her and working relationships soon complicate. As does her relationship with Lucy, her computing genius niece, who is also working for the Feds but who has got into some dubious company and is overdoing the drink.
I rather liked "Cruel and Unusual" the first of this series I read so followed it up by reading this. It was OK. But if Cornwell belongs, as some evidently suppose, in the first division of crime writers it's not because of this book. It drags a little. And there are episodes in it that leave the reader rather dissatisfied, unwilling seriously to believe that THAT character would ever be likely to behave THAT way. It's well enough done - and seems impressively well researched - and would make an decent enough diversion if you're looking for something to read on the 'plane. But it didn't strike me as one of those crime novels that lovers of the genre should positively reproach themselves for omitting to read.
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Body farm? It is only given scant space in the book. Instead, I find myself reading about an extremely stupid cop (Pete Marino, aka Chief Wiggums of Simpsons fame) who is supposed to be Captain of a rough neighborhood in Richmond who is seconded to two murders in North Carolina. How's that for jurisdiction? There, the best that Virginia has to offer gives overwraught, vitriolic advice to a blue-blooded, self important of an MD, JD (please!) dumbbutt who expounds about soup for no apparent reason. When I found Ferguson dead, I knew it must be the mother of Emily, but then I had to labor on for 200 pages before the obvious was proven. However, when Denesa got blown away by several shotgun blasts, what is the JD going to do when the felon is dead? Too bad, we miss all the poor plot development for a typical Hollywood ending. About the only part I found amusing was the relationship of the heroine with her family. That is interesting if somewhat predictable. Please, save yourself, and don't read the book once, just wait for the movie.
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