Following the post mortem of a stowaway that reveals neither cause of death nor identity, Dr. Kay Scarpetta travels to Paris in search of information. In Paris she is given a secret mission--one that could ruin her career.
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Quite a suspenseful tale, this one. A decomposing body in a shipping container. A shot and badly beaten and bitten corner store clerk. Interpol. And in the midst of all of this, someone is trying to ruin Dr. Scarpetta’s reputation by hacking email and by conducting an online chat “Ask Dr. Scarpetta”. Another great offering from Cornwell. 4.5 stars.
There was nothing I didn't like about this book. It moved, it had a point and there was more dialogue instead of the monotonous repetition. It kept my full attention. Kate Reading is excellent and she really brings the characters to life. The more recent books are nothing like this. Patricia get back to your original style. And don't forget to keep Kate Reading with you.
From 1-10 I'd give it an 8.
Marino, because the narrator did such an excellent job with his dialogue.
Marino. She did a terrific job with his accent and intonation.
Yes. I usually listen during my commute, but continued after I got home.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This was my first Kay Scarpetta novel. Admittedly, my thoughts run mostly against the grain on this one -- I found the performance and writing okay, but the main character -- Kay Scarpetta -- left me cold. Where do I begin? Arrogant and self obsessed; totally dysfunctional when it comes to family (mother, sister, niece all trashed by her); as a doctor, lawyer and detective, she jumps to ill-formed conclusions at every turn; she has a male sidekick who is ill-mannered, uninformed and irrational; and in short, KS is just not a heroine for whom I could generate any empathy. In addition, the story had an abrupt, rushed ending that was very dissatisfying. "What happened???" I asked when the reader announced "The End."
I had already purchased the next KS novel before I read this one, so perhaps my views will be different after that experience. If not, this will be the end of my KS foray.
I quite enjoyed this book. I love Dr Scarpetta and all the trouble that seems to find her.
These Scarpetta novels are the only books by Patricia Cornwell that I have read/listened to. I must say she is a brilliant novelist. I never listened to nor read any crime novels besides these and now I am addicted to them.
This book is definitely worth a credit in my opinion. There are a couple characters in here I could have done without. I wish poor Dr Scarpetta could find some decent employees. This is the second novel in which her own staff tries an set her up. I guess it makes for good reading though. I hope other readers enjoy this as much as I did.
I hadn't bought a Cornwell book for many years after reading a few of the early ones. I thought I'd try one farther on in the series, though this one is still about 15 years old. Big mistake. I couldn't finish this book--though I got through about 2/3 of it. Here's why.
First, the writing. The book is horrendously over-written. Scarpetta has the deepest emotions described in the most over-wrought language and with the least preparation. It's virtually victorian in the deeply emotional heroine and the other characters. Nobody has a casual feeling or thought. It's bathos to the extreme.
Second, the plot. I didn't believe a word of this. Scarpetta is brought into the highest levels of international crime and intrigue. Why? Don't know. And she brings Marino along. Why? Can't figure that out either. The plot moves at a glacial pace. But, in fairness, I don't know how it ends--and don't care.
Finally, the characters. Marino is rancid. He is politically offensive, he has a toxic personality, and he's manic depressive. He's a chain smoker, and this is described in constant detail. You assume from his smoking, diet and personality that he literally stinks. I am concerned that they let him carry a gun and be a cop. His way of approaching everyone is unbridled aggression. Scarpetta is only slightly less offensive. She's a manic depressive and she hangs out constantly with the offensive Marino. Why? It's not surprising that her niece is cutting her off.
Finally, I got tired of these characters, the unbelievable plot, and the overblown prose. Yuch!
I will admit that I'm new to the Scarpetta series. This is my 3rd book and I can't believe how annoying Kay, Marino and Lucy are! My hope is that, as the series progresses, Kay finds her backbone and brain again, and Marino moves away from so much self-sabotage. I know the characters have to be interesting, and sometimes that means they may not be likeable, but I found myself hoping they all got killed in this one!
I'll try another Scarpetta book because two out of the three have been great, so far.
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