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The Body Farm: A Scarpetta Novel | [Patricia Cornwell]

The Body Farm: A Scarpetta Novel

Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI.
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Publisher's Summary

Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI But as she tries to make sense of the evidence, she is left with questions that lead her to the Body Farm, a little known research facility in Tennessee where, with the help of some grisly experiments, she might discover the answer.

It is Scarpetta alone who can interpret the forensic hieroglyphics that eventually reveal a solution to the case as staggering as it is horrifying. But she must also endeavor to help her niece, Lucy, who is embroiled in controversy at Quantico. And Scarpetta, too, is vulnerable, as she opens herself to the first physical and emotional bond she has felt in far too long a time. Tenacious and brilliant, tender and gentle, this is Scarpetta even more realized and poignant than we've seen her before--in a stunning achievement from a best-selling author at the peak of her powers.

Flesh and bone: investigate more of Kay Scarpetta's forensic cases.

©2010 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Say something about yourself!

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    Looking forward to the next installment


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

    I don't have the problems others have with C.J. Critt. Her narrations are okay, although I can not get a visual image in my mind of Benton, or perhaps I do, but I don't think it is the image the author wants us to have.


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

    Several times I laughed out loud, especially with Pete going ballistic at the cemetery. lol


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the ending was unfinished, the part with Pete, and why Kay didn't explain to Lucy who "Jerry or what ever his name was" really was

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    DONA 09-07-12
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    This one will have your head spinning. The plot has intrigue. The characters are unique. The settings are gruesome. You ought to love this one if you like PC.

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    Rosalyn DESOTO, TX, United States 07-17-12
    Rosalyn DESOTO, TX, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    I've read several of Patrica Cornwell's books and by far this is one of the best as far as character development! I can't wait to read some more of her books.

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    Gabrielle United States 04-05-11
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    The novel was interesting in the beginning and very well narrated, but half-way in, you already know the ending. There are better crime novels.

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    Melissa Wanamaker cincinnati,ohio 01-15-15
    Melissa Wanamaker cincinnati,ohio 01-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    Exciting story line.Something new at every turn.I have fallen in love with this series and can not wait to read the next one

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    "I love Scarpetta!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend if you are a Kay Scarpetta fan also. C.J. Britt great voice of Kay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Suspense


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    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 06-02-14
    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 06-02-14
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    "Can't get enough Scarpetta!!"
    Would you listen to The Body Farm again? Why?

    Loved this book, it was perfectly written as are all of Patricia Cornwells's novels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body Farm?

    When the gunshots went off...I dont want to say when for the people who are reading.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    She is great and has so many detailed voices for each character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end with Scarpetta and Lucy


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved all her books so far, I started with Red Mist and had to go back to number 1 so I am working my way through them again.

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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 06-30-12
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "one of my favorite authors"

    and she has don't it again with twists and turns and a story i did not stop for even to eat. you know who didn't do it but keeps getting pointed at, the question is who and why and proof! it's a good cozy listen.

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    "my favorite of the series so far!!!"

    I loved the body farm because it dealt with Scarpetta's personal relationships & that just makes the story more enticing. CJ Critt's narration took a while to get use to, but now I can't imagine another Marino then the one she's created for me in her narration.

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    I was able to guess the ending right away...I think too many hints are dropped up front, which makes the conclusion rather unsatisfying.

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