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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 06-26-11
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2009

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"

    Kept suspense moving, enjoyed how it unraveled (with nothing stupid getting in the way). It was entertaining and well worth the listen. The DNA and computer technology was outdated, but not a problem, the character development was adequate and the writing was crime-novel level (no literary content, in fact she misuses laconic for sardonic).

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Janie Michigan 03-29-12
    Janie Michigan 03-29-12 Member Since 2005

    Papoter

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    "Forgot how much I loved the old Scarpetta novels"

    I just reread this book for the first time since its original publication in 1990 and I remember why I loved all the original Kay Scarpetta books. While the computer technology is WAY DATED now (!!), it was pretty advanced at the time and always made me go "wooowww" at the time. It was a fun journey to re-meet Kay, Marino, Wesley and Lucy in this First novel in a series that spanned 20+ years of my life.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karra French Frederick, MD, US 05-14-12
    Karra French Frederick, MD, US 05-14-12
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    "C.J. Critt ruins it"
    If you could sum up Postmortem in three words, what would they be?

    Great story line


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been read by someone else. C.J. Critt is terrible. I've read all the Scarpetta novels in print, and wanted to revisit them via audio book since I now have a long commute. After noticing that Critt narrates the first half of the entire series, I'm looking for other books. I can't possibly understand why this person was chosen to read these books. She should save her voice for reading to her own children, bless their tiny ears.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 03-31-12
    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Fat Chick getting Fit!

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    "If you like CSI, you will love this!"

    Upon my 75 year old mother's insistance, I finally downloaded this book and wow!
    Scarpetta is a great character and I am excited to hear the next and the next and the next......!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Queen Creen, AZ, United States 11-10-12
    Rebecca Queen Creen, AZ, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "was I hearing thins?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    What was the deal with the recording of this book? i could hear background noises an talking behind the story.
    it was really distracting.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-26-12
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Is the narrator smoking?"

    Very distracting b/c the narrator sounds like she's smoking a Marlboro. Will avoid Criti in the future.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshine Houston 08-18-12
    Sunshine Houston 08-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Excellent Read..."
    What did you love best about Postmortem?

    I loved the pace of the book and the narrator was excellent as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

    I loved the introduction of Marino to the story line.


    What aspect of C. J. Critt’s performance would you have changed?

    I loved the performance as it was produced.


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pastor Allentown, PA, United States 06-25-12
    Pastor Allentown, PA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gotta Love Scarpetta"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but would recommend listening to this particular reading before listening to another artist's reading


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kay Scarpetta is more than likely my favorite character. I enjoy the fact that this book and that Ms. Cornwell's first few and last few books have been written from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta. It allows you the ability to get inside Kay's head. The books in the series that are written from the third person allow you to be an observer in the action of the book but the ones that Ms. Cornwell wrote from Scarpetta's perspective get you really into the action of the book. I also enjoy Pete Marino, from the perspective that, I am a man and he really portrays that male bravado that you might expect from a NYC police officer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that I had a favorite scene but I do enjoy how Ms. Cornwell brings the action to a close, keeping you on your seat. I often find that I am trying to guess "whodunnit" and have yet to get it right.


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

    Yes but I listen to my audiobooks in the car on my drive to work. The books are definitely long enough to keep you interested but not saying, when is the next exciting thing going to happen. I would have loved to been able to listen all in one sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13 Member Since 2011

    safe in FL

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    "Science saves lives"
    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

    I enjoyed all the physical science parts of it. Making sense out of chaos.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I got a little tired of the voice over the hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Science saves lives


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 08-18-13
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow again another one."

    This one gives a great story. As usual Cornwell delivers a forensic great, with understandable workings of the systems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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