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Unnatural Exposure: Scarpetta (Book 8) (The Scarpetta Series) by [Cornwell, Patricia]
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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 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.

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  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VFTYW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 231 customer reviews
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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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This is a somewhat interesting, Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery, replete with its usual attention to forensic detail, as well as a myriad of subplots. Though not her best novel, it still manages to entertain the reader.
Once again, Dr. Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner, finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, when the body of an elderly, dismembered woman is discovered in a Virginia landfill. Moreover, a mutated, high tech, variant small pox virus appears to be on the loose, and Dr. Scarpetta finds herself receiving taunting emails from the alleged killer, signing as "deadoc". Couple all this with an overly ambitious and unscrupulous law enforcement agent named Percy Ring who arrests an obviously innocent man for the elderly woman's death, and the reader has an intriguing mystery to unravel.
Homicide Detective Pete Marino is pivotol to the success of this book. His relationship and repartee with Dr. Scarpetta contribute to many of the book's highlights, and it is he who gives dimension to the book, as he is simply a wonderful, down to earth character. Dr. Scarpetta's relationship with FBI Agent Wesley Benton is less memorable, as he is on the periphery of the story, for the most part, though in the end he provides closure for the torch Dr. Scarpetta was carrying for her ex-lover, Mark.
The only real fly in the ointment, however, is the continued appearance of Dr. Scarpetta's niece, Lucy, who is an obnoxious character. In the real world, Lucy would not be allowed to hold the position of responsibility that she does in the book, due to her compete immaturity. She is a loose cannon waitng to misfire at any moment. It flies in the face of her professionalism that Dr. Scarpetta seems unable to fathom this, but blood is thicker than water.
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this was the first Kay Scarpetta book i ever read. It is what got me hooked. Since then, i have read better ones, and worse ones. But none of them have been bad.
This is another great one. The plot is nicely original, fast paced, and punchy. The writing is the same. (I love her writing)
Kay is back, and her usual superwoman self. Lucy too is back, but here seems far more human and likeable than in some of the other books. (but hey, i still like ger a great deal. i dont know what most people's problem is with her.)
Theres some more good forensic detail (although often she needs to explain things just a tad more) which adds dimension to the book, and even more interest.
really, theres not a lot i can say about this book, apart from repeating things that i have said about all her others, which i cant really be bothered to do. Rest assured, though, that here again Patricia Cornwell has produced another excellent forensic thriller that is easy to read, with a superb writing style. Highly reccomended. (As are all her books.)
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I am not really sure why these books appeal to me, but they do. The subject matter here is unusual and not appealing to everyone, but, I have not read one of Ms. Cornwell's books that I did not like. In fact, I bought one of her newer books at a book fair and was so taken with the characters and story that I have gone back to her first books to catch up on the side-stories. Kay Scarpetts is a woman in a man's world and she doesn't let anyone get over on her. She fights hard for her place and yet, she doesn't seem to make it the focus of her life. Her confidence in her own abilities allows her to focus on the victims of crime rather than being taken seriously in a male-dominated field. Kay is tenacious and head-strong and she is a bit of a hero as are most people who fight crime. Even though she is not a law-enforcement officer per se, she lends a great deal to the solving of crimes. In my naivete, that could very will be part and parcel of what a forensic pathologist does. Ms. Cornwell is totally in control in an area where most people know little or nothing as far as processes and procedures. Ms. Cornwell lets us know from the start that she knows a lot about her subject. Her detailed descriptions of autopsies and crime scenes should make me queasy, but I find that, in the context of the story, these descriptions fit in so well that they only make me a bit uncomfortable, which, I believe, is what she wants. I find her characters from Kay to Moreno to Wesley to be well-rounded and appealing. I also find that, from the first book, Post Mortem, to the last, Ms. Cornwell's writing grows and learns. She has no problem bringing more and more to her characters and stories as she learns and grows in her craft. This book and her others are great reading and worth the time.
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