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Port Mortuary (A Scarpetta Novel)

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ISBN13: 9780399157219
ISBN10: 0399157212
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Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high-tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.

Review:

"Bestseller Cornwell's compelling 18th Kay Scarpetta novel (after The Scarpetta Factor), her strongest work in years, involves the chief medical examiner in a case that's both far-reaching in its national security implications and deeply personal. The story begins at the real Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, where Scarpetta is assisting in developing techniques for virtual autopsies, then shifts back to her recently adopted home at Boston's Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC). A young man's mysterious death becomes even stranger after full-body scans reveal destruction so extensive it's as if a bomb went off inside his body. Scarpetta and husband Benton Wesley-along with her niece, Lucy Farinelli, and ex-cop turned CFC investigator Pete Marino-discover links not only to a government project with the ability to cause mass casualties but also to another grisly case currently under investigation. As Scarpetta's military past rears its head, the emotional damage the investigation of the cases is bound to wreak on Cornwell's steadfast heroine will leave readers eager for the next installment. Long-time fans will welcome the return after a decade to a first-person narration with direct access to Scarpetta's thoughts.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Review:

"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Synopsis:

Abridged, 6 CDs, 7 1/2 hours

Read by Kate Burton

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from America's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Synopsis:

Unabridged, 13 CDs, 16 hours

Read by Kate Reading

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from America's #1 bestselling crime writer.

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956, in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Montreat, North Carolina. Often interviewed on national television as a forensic consultant, Cornwell is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine; a founding member of the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, NYC; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research.

Her books are translated into thirty-six languages across more than fifty countries, and she is regarded as one of the major international best-selling authors. Her novels are praised for their meticulous research and an insistence on accuracy in every detail, especially in forensic medicine and police procedures.

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JanB, November 6, 2012 (view all comments by JanB)
If you're looking for an engrossing and exciting Kay Scarpetta novel to dig into, keep looking, this one isn't it. Where Dr. Scarpetta was once a brilliant doctor who wasn't concerned with how others perceived her, she now obsesses constantly about everything she says and does and questions every decision she makes. She is a sad, paranoid, and barely recognizable Dr. Scarpetta. She has lost all her self-esteem and seems confused throughout most of the book. There is absolutely no passion between her and Benton, her FBI profiler husband. They relate to each other as one would a co-worker. I used to stay up past my bedtime to read a Scarpetta novel because I couldn't put it down. I could barely slog through this one and kept yawning and falling asleep after 4 or 5 pages. Conversations go on for endless page after page, repeating the same information over and over, but going nowhere. This will be my last Patricia Cornwell novel. There are too many other books out there much more deserving of my time.
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ajrmom, January 10, 2011 (view all comments by ajrmom)
Once again Pat Cornwell nailed it with another great Dr. Kay novel! I always feel lonely when I finish one of her books! I get lonesome for waiting for the newest cases that Dr. Kay & her side kicks will solve! I can't wait for thier next adventure!
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ImplicatedOne, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by ImplicatedOne)
This is the best book from this series in a while. It gripped me and kept my attention. I enjoyed it until the end.

I do think that Cornwell's books have changed through the years. The hardest part for me has been the decline of Marino and Lucy. Scarpetta's and Wesley's relationship is much more centered in this book, which is nice. Personally, I think that when Marino attacked Scarpetta, whether it was his fault or not, he lost a lot of credibility with the readers. To have him still as a recurring character in the books is difficult because I give no credence to what he says. I think Lucy's credibility has been attacked one too many times, too. However, even with these characters playing a central role in the book, it is well written, forensically exciting and technologically exciting. Would love to see Scarpetta continue with a new detective as I can't read about Marino anymore. Just my opinion. Some other readers may like him.

This book also opens the door to some events of Kay's past and it would be nice to see a book where some of these things are tied up and resolved so she can at least get some closure. I like the new examiner mentioned in the book. The one Marino kind of digs. It would be cool to see her take a more prominent role and Marino ride off into the sunset. Also, I feel Lucy reads better when in a relationship, no matter how complex.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399157219
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia
Publisher:
Berkley
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia D.
Author:
Reading, Kate
Author:
Burton, Kate
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Scarpetta Novel
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20110830
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.28 x 1.6 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Cornwell's compelling 18th Kay Scarpetta novel (after The Scarpetta Factor), her strongest work in years, involves the chief medical examiner in a case that's both far-reaching in its national security implications and deeply personal. The story begins at the real Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, where Scarpetta is assisting in developing techniques for virtual autopsies, then shifts back to her recently adopted home at Boston's Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC). A young man's mysterious death becomes even stranger after full-body scans reveal destruction so extensive it's as if a bomb went off inside his body. Scarpetta and husband Benton Wesley-along with her niece, Lucy Farinelli, and ex-cop turned CFC investigator Pete Marino-discover links not only to a government project with the ability to cause mass casualties but also to another grisly case currently under investigation. As Scarpetta's military past rears its head, the emotional damage the investigation of the cases is bound to wreak on Cornwell's steadfast heroine will leave readers eager for the next installment. Long-time fans will welcome the return after a decade to a first-person narration with direct access to Scarpetta's thoughts.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by ,
"Review" by , "When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."
"Synopsis" by , The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
"Synopsis" by ,
Abridged, 6 CDs, 7 1/2 hours

Read by Kate Burton

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from America's #1 bestselling crime writer.

"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged, 13 CDs, 16 hours

Read by Kate Reading

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from America's #1 bestselling crime writer.

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