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Scarpetta is back! In this twenty-fifth in the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts an ingenious killer who has mastered cutting-edge science for the most nefarious ends.
Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has returned to Virginia as the chief medical examiner. She and her husband Benton are headquartered five miles from the Pentagon, in a post-pandemic world that's been torn apart by civil and political unrest.
Just weeks into the job, Scarpetta is called to investigate a woman's body which has been shockingly displayed on railroad tracks. As Scarpetta follows the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own neighbourhood ...
At the same time, two scientists are found dead in a top-secret laboratory in outer space. Scarpetta is summoned to the White House Situation Room and tasked with finding out what happened. But even as she's working the first crime scene in space from the ground, an apparent serial killer strikes again. And this time, Scarpetta could be in greater danger than ever before...
In this latest novel in her groundbreaking Kay Scarpetta series, Patricia Cornwell captivates readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and forensic detail that she is famous for, proving once again why she's the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.
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In this relaunch of the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders.
Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has come almost full circle, returning to Virginia as the chief medical examiner, the state where she launched her storied career. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away for many years, she's inherited not only an overbearing secretary, but also a legacy of neglect and potential corruption.
She and her husband Benton Wesley, now a forensic psychologist with the U.S. Secret Service, have relocated to Old Town Alexandria where she's headquartered five miles from the Pentagon in a post-pandemic world that's been torn by civil and political unrest. Just weeks on the job, she's called to a scene by railroad tracks where a woman's body has been shockingly displayed, her throat cut down to the spine, and as Scarpetta begins to follow the trail, it leads unnervingly close to her own historic neighborhood.
At the same time, a catastrophe occurs in a top-secret laboratory in outer space, endangering at least two scientists aboard. Appointed to the highly classified Doomsday Commission that specializes in sensitive national security cases, Scarpetta is summoned to the White House and tasked with finding out exactly what happened. But even as she works the first potential crime scene in space remotely, an apparent serial killer strikes again very close to home.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
‘Astonishing…there’s no other crime writer like her’ The Times
‘Accomplished’ Financial Times, Books of the Year
Praise for Patricia Cornwell & the Kay Scarpetta novels:
‘Slick, fast-paced and brilliant’ Heat
‘A pioneer of the genre of forensic psychological thriller’ BBC
‘America’s most stimulating and chilling writer of crime fiction’ The Times
‘Devilishly clever’ Sunday Times
‘She is a brilliant writer and I was absolutely gripped’ Mail on Sunday
‘The top gun in this field’ Daily Telegraph
‘Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns’ Mirror
‘The Agatha Christie of the DNA age’ Express
‘One of the best crime writers writing today’ Guardian
‘Few writers match Patricia Cornwell when it comes to writing crime and her latest Scarpetta novel is one of her best’ Daily Express
‘When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell’ New York Times Book Review--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B096CRQ992
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 December 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 5732 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book did not disappoint me, it was easy to read and maintained interest as always.
All her books are well written and very well researched.
I look forward to reading the next book.
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The over exaggerated pandemic.. the deaths of the two characters because it seems she was unable to keep them involved only to keep them involved "virtually" anyway.. ridiculous storyline.. far too much computer and geek technology and no real autopsies🤣 it's now far too much Sci fi I'd say rather than what she was good at. It's a shame. Haven't even finished the book, am half way through and it's just meh.
I rarely ever give up on a book, I am not on chapter 22 and I am not really enjoying it.
I don't write this review lightly, I don't like to criticise but it is my honest opinion.
I’ve been an avid fan since Scarpetta’s debut in Post Mortem, but this is the last time I will ever read of her, let alone buy a hardcover of Cornwell.
Cornwell is riding her readers goodwill to the limits here. A writer who was once a trailblazer of the emerging CSI genre has lost her mojo. Blowfly’s opening chapter blew me away to the extent I read it standing up in a bookstore and asked for it as a Christmas present. Blowfly although good initially, went a bit downhill, but I was still engaged because she cared about her victim, cared about the characters that were still very much alive. And because she cared so did I. Now her characters, once crafted with love and nuances, are now lacklustre, stock fiction cardboard cut outs who lack discernible passion, presence, and life, never mind an arc.
Lucy has lost her partner and child, and is presented as someone talking to, and receiving advice from, her dead partner’s avatar. But this grief isn’t explored in depth, instead their deaths from Covid and subsequent return of the ashes by Fed Ex while bodies are being buried in mass graves in London is so factually lazy it almost appears as if this is a first draft which needs edited and refined. As if she was clearing out dead end characters, but they could have died in so many more interesting ways, and with all the connections political and federal why oh why could Lucy not have been there? I guess Cornwell couldn’t figure that out either.
The plot feels familiar; a dark island with a running trail with lone female runners being murdered, office political power plays, then unrealistic in others; murder on a space station, an interesting premise and possibly the ‘best’ part of the book. While I accept the technically factual aspects of the prose, the fiction writing is lazy. There is no suspense, no allowing the reader to guess who the bad guy/guys are, the book is mainly concerned with office politics involving cliched characters gaining the upper hand, wielding their power and then being made to accept Scarpetta’s return ungraciously. So why was she hired in the first place? The reader is incidental to this writer’s ego.
This book is an example of a writer who should have left her characters retired but has decided on a comeback tour for the cash, because it certainly isn’t for the love of writing. This was a mess from start to finish. Strands of stories that were never fully resolved or followed up but left hanging, why were they there and what purpose did they serve? Who actually did it? Well, the ‘how and why and who’ are neatly appended in the epilogue, more by afterthought than design. So why read the entire book? Don’t bother would be my advice, but if you have to all you need to know is in the epilogue.