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Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel | [Patricia Cornwell]

Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

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.
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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

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    Cindy San Clemente, CA, United States 11-18-12
    Cindy San Clemente, CA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating story!"
    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was great at describing the scene, character, and activities of each of them. The voice actor did a great job of picking voices that allowed you to visualize each character.

    Currently this is one of my favorite audio books!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It kept dragging you in with new clues to who the killer might be and how they were going to catch him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Mamba 11-08-12
    Ms. Mamba 11-08-12
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    "A good older novel from Patricia Cornwell."
    Would you listen to Postmortem again? Why?

    I would listen to Postmortem because Cornwell writes smart novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Scarpetta because she has a heart. She approaches each case with sensitivity and dignity. Though the murders are horrendous and brutal and demeaning, she raises the victims' identity to that of an individual deserving respectful treatment both in life and in death.


    What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    C.J. Critt's voice was a little less than inspiring since I began listening to Cornwell's Scarpetta novels with Kate Reading as the performer. Still, Ms. Critt delivers a quality experience clearly more enjoyable than if I'd only read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Me 09-29-12
    Me 09-29-12

    I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.

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    "Not one of Patricia Cornwells best"
    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good, but after reading so many of the Scarpetta books, this was down at the bottom for me. I love Patricia Cornwell and hate to say anything negative about her work, but I have to be honest.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was interested to find out about the glittery powder residue, it drove me crazy right up until they figured it out.


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reading was very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, it was an alright book, it just didn't blow me away


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a huge Cornwell fan, I wouldn't recommend this book, for her fans it is a disappointment, if you have never read a Patricia Cornwell or Kay Scarpetta book this is good but not the best she has done. it is worth the cost, but not a prize winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Plano, TX, United States 04-24-12
    Arthur Plano, TX, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sexist to the point of absurdity"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-06-12
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "K Scarpetta, Long Lived Series for a Reason"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-14-12
    Constance Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Relentlessly Gruesome"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Who knows what I would have been doing if I hadn't been listening to this.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Thank God it ended.


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Kay Scarpetta, naturally.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written. I enjoyed the problem-solving attitude throughout. But it was really too detailed, horrible, relentless & frightening for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lindam@islands.vi 06-12-13
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    "Wonderful Listen"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clive 02-08-12
    Clive 02-08-12
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    "Couldn't detect her way out of a paper bag."
    What would have made Postmortem better?

    A believable central character


    Has Postmortem turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just this author


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Postmortem?

    Scarpetta


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Toronto, ON, Canada 04-23-12
    Shelley Toronto, ON, Canada 04-23-12
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    "Don't jump in in the middle"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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...


    What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s performance?

    Speaks too slowly.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jason Smyrna, TN, United States 02-26-12
    jason Smyrna, TN, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tired, cliche, one dimensional, penny novel crap!"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

    Never ever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    No.


    Which character ??? as performed by C. J. Critt ??? was your favorite?

    None were believable or enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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