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Paperback Scarpetta Book

ISBN: 0316733156

ISBN13: 9780316733151


(Book #16 in the Kay Scarpetta Series)

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Book Overview

View our feature on Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta.From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked...

Customer Reviews

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grabs you from the first sentence!!

"Scarpetta" is another amazing book from Patricia Cornwell! i was hooked from the first sentence and read the book in one sitting! i am so happy that a long term writer such as Cornwell has stayed on top of her game and has not lost her touch to make you feel as if you were in the novel yourself! i am looking forward to her next novel and am sure it will be another great success.

Bravo! A return to the storylines that make me want more!

I loved this book. You won't find any details in this review except that fact. Unlike some of the previous novels in the Scarpetta series, every knot is tied, every T is crossed, every I is dotted. Fantastic plot line, unique characters and just an all around great addition to the Scarpetta series. My only complaint? That it will be too long before we get the next installment!!! But I can't wait to read more. Thank you Patricia for a great ride. (I purchased the audio version, Kate does an excellent job as reader.)

Detailed, exciting and well told story

Compelling story of an "innocent" man being set up as a killer. Oscar Bane, a new character insists on speaking only to Kay Scarpetta and Benton when he is suspected in his girl friend, Terri's murder. He is obviously a disturbed person as the reader hears Kay interview him. It is unclear if he is indeed guilty. Kay, being the kind hearted hero that she is, wants to believe this deranged "little person" and since she has seen him as a patient, can not discuss the interview with Benton or anyone else unless Oscar is formally charged with murder. This makes the story more complex as the reader is privy to information that none of the other investigators have knowledge of. The usual twists and turns that Cornwell uses to weave a story abound and all the characters that have become known to Scarpetta readers are part of the investigative team. This is Cornwell's best story yet. It isn't as dark as others and it is refreshing to see her characters grow and change.

An incredibly satisfying read

I am a long-time fan of Patricia Cornwell and her work. I have loved most of the Kay Scarpetta novels, because they take such a unique look at the criminal justice and forensic medicine systems. This latest novel is, I believe, one of the best. It grabbed my attention right at the beginning and carried it until the end -- I could not put it down. Not solely because of the suspense, but because of the wonderfully descriptive narrative and well-written dialogue. It was a pure pleasure to read. The main story line was really quite interesting -- the story of the tangled, complex, somewhat paranoia-driven lives of two "little people" -- one who was murdered, and one who was a likely suspect. The story pulls you into the drama of these people's lives, but continually reminds you of its numerous subplots, and the wonderfully complicated lives of all those swirling around the central murder. The tension created by all these multi-dimensional personalities and their relationships made this book a very satisfying experience. Cornwell provides just the right amount of background information for those who haven't read (or don't remember as well as they used to!) the prior novels in the series. Through all the mysteries of the main event, you are constantly pulled back into the lives and personal stories of Benton and Kay (who have some explaining to do to each other), Marino, Kay and Lucy (not to mention Marino's new love interest), the less frequent appearances of Shrew (some name) and the fascinating drama of her life and work, Lucy and her new love interest, and a new detective, whose arrogance and ego causes everyone to love to hate him. Many authors get into trouble when there are too many characters or too many relationships to describe and follow, but Cornwell pursues and develops all of their stories with ease. It got to the point where with each new chapter, I couldn't wait to find out which part of the story she was going to focus on next. Because this is a "forensic" novel, I have to mention one small complaint I have about its accuracy. (I hate to complain about this book because I really loved it.) A very important part of the story concerns the relationship Kay develops with the potential murder suspect, Oscar Bane, and her worries over her conflicted role as his physician, and her service to New York State as a forensic consultant. She believes her first loyalty must be to Oscar, her patient (because he has asked to see her in connection with some injuries he suffered, he claims, in connection with the murder), and that physician-patient privilege will force her to keep mum about ANYTHING Oscar tells her. But she continually clarifies for him that that loyalty may end if he in fact becomes a murder suspect, and she may then have to disclose what he tells her to the State. It creates such a fine dilemma: in fact, one of the most noteworthy passages for me is the dance done by Kay and her husband as they attempt to disc

Cornwell Does It Again!

In this novel Scarpetta, the 16th installment of one of America's most beloved characters, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, we are treated to twenty years worth of excitement. From old characters returning, to old standards finding redemption, Cornwell delivers on her promise to surprise and entertain. As usual, the book is chock full of engrossing forensic details, with her usual "twist", but it is not without its human side as we are allowed deeper into the lives of the main characters, deeper than ever before, who find themselves on the brink..... No spoilers here. It is Cornwell at the top of her game, proving yet again why she is number one!
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