Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.
©1990 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
I could not stand the main character in this book. Kay Scarpetta clearly hates all men. Every single male in the book is portrayed in a negative light, even when they actually do things to help Kay. On top of that I have trouble sympathizing with the overly defensive rich doctor.
Additionally Cornwall is clearly a tech head since she mentions a lot of technology in detail. She's accurate and certainly knew what she was talking about at the time, but it HEAVILY dates the book. I can't really fault Cornwall for that, especially since she's accurate and whatnot, but it took me out of the story. The same goes for her medical references. It's at least a little interesting that the characters were so amazed at using DNA in police cases, where nowadays that's obvious and expected.
I personally wouldn't read another of this series because I think the sexism is so offensive. If I were reading a book about a male protagonist who hated women I'd feel the same way. At first I thought the book was just an interesting exercise in an unusual antihero, but having done some research on Cornwall's background I suspect she shares the views of her main character.
Now I know why Kay Scarpetta is still around and where all those female lead crime/law/medical examiner TV shows came from. Interesting to hear the technology back when all this started, it almost felt like SF even though I lived through it all! Also interesting to take a look from the female side of things.
I listed to this because of Audible's near free first in a series give away, glad I did. I recommend it to any of you crime solver addicts out there.
Who knows what I would have been doing if I hadn't been listening to this.
Thank God it ended.
Kay Scarpetta, naturally.
I hope not.
Well written. I enjoyed the problem-solving attitude throughout. But it was really too detailed, horrible, relentless & frightening for me.
The Scarpetta Novels provide more "meat" to the characters. They are well developed with great dialogue. There are plenty of turns and twists. But there is none of the gratuitous sex and needless violence. Just plain old fashioned interesting detective work.
A believable central character
Just this author
What an incredible piece of garbage.
When informed of a break in to her computer database she does absolutely nothing except to declare at a subsequent meeting that the leaks to the newspapers did not come from her department. I stopped reading after this. Life's too short to waste on reading about the bumblings of this incompetent boob.
This was the first Scarpetta novel for me, and I should have started closer to the beginning of the series. There were relationships and undercurrents I couldn't appreciate as they'd started in earlier books. So I'd recommend starting at the start...
Speaks too slowly.
None were believable or enjoyable.
This book was more difficult to get through than Bleak House, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire... Not because it was long, but because it was mind numbing in its predictable affected tone. From the first to the last it was just awful.
This might have been a good listen, but I shut down when the narrator has trouble regulating their breathing and they gulp air. Might I suggest quitting smoking? Listen to a piece of this before you buy, if the sound of the narrator doesn't bug you Patrica Cornwell is a good author.
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