Not only did Cornwell provide the usual twists and turns on the road to the end, but "Scarpetta" answered and/or filled in the backgrounds of the characters regular readers know.
The characters and their relationships -- even though we know them quite well at this point -- were more textured than Cornwell's other books, which made the read even more enjoyable. It's a longer book, but I managed --and really wanted to -- read it in one sitting. (Well, I did have to read the last 70 pages after a few hours of sleep.)
"Scarpetta" was the best of Cornwell's last few novels; I hope the next one is as satisfying.
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anna green, December 24, 2008 (view all comments by anna green)
Another excellent book in the Scarpetta series. Cornwell consistently amazes me with the technical detail in her books. She manages to present highly detailed medical and forensic information without seeming dry or boring.
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JasperC, November 30, 2008 (view all comments by JasperC)
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell is a fast paced novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. If you are like me who prefers the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels then you won’t be disappointed. This novel is packed with clues and surprises that will leave you guessing until the very end. Cornwell’s description of settings and of characters are so detailed that the reader is drawn into the story like a moth to a flame. I was unable to put it down due to the intensity of the plot. My only criticism of the novel is that it ended. I enjoyed Scarpetta so much that I plan on re-reading it again. Unlike most novels that are given so much attention and hype prior to distribution this one truly deserves it.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"At the start of bestseller Cornwell's plodding 16th thriller to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after Book of the Dead), the forensic pathologist — who recently relocated to Belmont, Mass., with her forensic psychologist husband — is called to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital for reasons that don't become clear until she gets there. Oscar Bane, who voluntarily committed himself to Bellevue while denying he brutally murdered his girlfriend, refuses to speak to anyone except the high-profile Scarpetta. Bane, Scarpetta discovers, is obsessed with her. Meanwhile, someone masquerading as Scarpetta is lurking in cyberspace and supplying an online gossip site with dirty secrets about the doctor. For help on the murder case, Scarpetta turns to her computer whiz niece and a macho former colleague whose shocking actions in Book of the Dead severely damaged his relationship with Scarpetta. With a plot full of holes and frustrating red herrings, this entry falls short of the high standard set by earlier volumes in this iconic series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The blend of forensic investigation and high-tech intrigue will please Scarpetta's legions of fans."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The title perfectly suits a challenging mystery that's only a pendant to the endless soap opera revolving around a heroine who just can't stop posing for Mt. Rushmore."
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why.
But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologists disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.
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