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Red Mist | [Patricia Cornwell]

Red Mist

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....
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Publisher's Summary

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

©2011 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    PJPackwood 12-22-11
    PJPackwood 12-22-11 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Boring"

    Too....much....talking! Very long-winded, not enough, if any, action. I am forcing myself to finish this book to see if anything EVER happens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-31-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A bit better than prior book"

    Kate Burton does a good job with the narration. The story was interesting and I must say the ending took me by surprise I had a different character line up as the killer. What bothered me the most was the constant repetition in the form of dialog through out the book. Repeating an item twice may be okay to make the point you are going back to re-evaluate your findings but to do it over and over again was annoying. I would like to have more about Lucy in the next story and more action. Overall I think this was a better book than Cornwell's last book "Port Mortuary".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    caroline 12-11-11
    caroline 12-11-11
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    "Bad Read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The trash can where I put it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    I was impressed with the constant repeat of the same


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was also superficial and monotone. Given the material she had to work with I am not aware how it could have been better. How could


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, I always knew not to eat cans of food that are swollen - there is nothing else to say.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so very sorry I used my money to make this purchase.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    KAG 08-21-14
    KAG 08-21-14

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    "Cornewll always writes a great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Mist the most enjoyable?

    Great book.
    I love listening to it while stuck in hideous Los Angeles traffic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Mist?

    Great twists and surprises. Another great Scarpetta story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am a huge Scarpetta fan. While I understand that she is a serious character, the narrator book puts me to sleep. Her interpretation of New York & Southern accents (for me) miss the mark.


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 05-04-13
    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 05-04-13
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    "Time to Quit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've stayed with Patricia Cornwell and Dr. Kay Scarpetta for all of these years....it's time to quit. I bought the kindle version of the last book and only read it all the way through out of past loyalty. It was awful. This one is just as bad. Too much stream of consciousness for a character that has less and less of a personality. Kay has become bitter...self-pitying, making huge issues out of nothing. I don't associate with those kinds of people in real life. Why would I want to do that in a book? I'm done. Patricia Cornwell should also be done with this series.


    Has Red Mist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Only this author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Ann Hornbuckle TN 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Complicated."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, maybe I have read to many Scarpetta stories. Many parts I liked as I always like the way Cornwell writes but the details of the crime etc are becoming lengthy and technical and they drag on forever that the story gets lost. And, I lost interest as well.


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

    I figured it out.


    Was Red Mist worth the listening time?

    I think it became tedious. I wanted more story line and less technical description. But, I always hope Cornwell will thrill me with each book. I think I will give it a rest for awhile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Knatasha NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-07-13
    Knatasha NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-07-13
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    "Poor Editing"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Mist the most enjoyable?

    I've read or listened to all of Cornwell's books. Somewhere along the line, I felt her story lines were lacking. I think I heard more of the original Cornwell in this book. I liked it a lot better then some of her other recent books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was shocked at one of the key deaths in the book. I won't say who, but I definitely wasn't expecting it. I put it together around the same time Scarpetta did.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in the audio. I could tell when the narrator's recordings were cut and pasted together. There was a difference in volume and "tone" (I'm not sure what else to call it). What I mean is that the narrator's voice sounded different on and off throughout the story. Sometimes she sounded closer to the mike or like she was recording in a fishbowl or something. I hate rating the Performance so low because I don't think it was Burton's fault, but more the way her recordings were edited and put together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    claire Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-17-12
    claire Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Favorites are returning"
    If you could sum up Red Mist in three words, what would they be?

    The 1st book in several years that reminds us why we loved Scarpetta, not all the way back but well on the way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Mist?

    The moment during an autopsy when Scarpetta realizes something is amiss with Jamie's failure to show up.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    Scarpetta


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    morning reader Duncanville, TX, United States 11-16-12
    morning reader Duncanville, TX, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Stop complaining!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The old Kay. I just got sick of her niece and all her problems. Always complaining about Moreno, in the old days he saved her a lot of times and now he is some kind of enemy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    I don't know.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was just fine. Not exciting but fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know I couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read her old books they were much better,.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-08-12
    Mary 10-08-12
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    "Not her best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the book slow to start & it never really picked up. Plot so so


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author should go back to the her first books when the case not the lead chacter was more importants.

    Maybe time to give some of the secondary characters more emphasis as the lead seems to have allienated most of them from the start of these books


    What three words best describe Kate Burton’s performance?

    good


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

    never


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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