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Book of the Dead (Dr. Kay Scarpetta) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Cornwell's 15th novel to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta (after 2005's Predator) delivers her trademark grisly crime scenes, but lacks the coherence and emotional resonance of earlier books. Soon after relocating to Charleston, S.C., to launch a private forensics lab, Scarpetta is asked to consult on the murder of U.S. tennis star Drew Martin, whose mutilated body was found in Rome. Contradictory evidence leaves Scarpetta, the Italian carabinieri and Scarpetta's lover, forensic psychologist Benton Wesley, stumped. But when she discovers unsettling connections between Martin's murder, the body of an unidentified South Carolina boy and her old nemesis, the maniacal psychiatrist Dr. Marilyn Self, Scarpetta encounters a killer as deadly as any she's ever faced. With her recent switch from first- to third-person narration, Cornwell loses what once made her series so compelling: a window into the mind of a strong, intelligent woman holding her own in a profession dominated by men. Here, the abrupt shifts in point of view slow the momentum, and the reader flounders in excessive forensic minutiae.
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From Booklist

It's hard to fault Cornwell for trying to redeem herself after missing the mark with her last few Kay Scarpetta novels, but this new one won't do the trick. The frosty forensic pathologist and her entourage remain as annoyingly self-absored and screwed up as ever, and their emotional baggage once again gets in the way of the story. A lengthy, vivid scene during which a young tennis star is slowly and brutally tortured sets up the mystery, which unfolds in artless leaps, mostly through halting dialogue and occasional forays into the mind of the killer. Once again Cornwell trots out venal characters from previous Scarpetta books; prominent here is psycho-bitch teleshrink Dr. Self (Predator, 2005), who is hoarding information about what turns out to be a string of loosely related murders. Then there's Scarpetta's longtime investigator, Pete Marino, foulmouthed and crude but tolerated, who reveals true ugliness in what may be the best scene in the book. As to forensic detail, it seems right up to the minute, and Scarpetta uses it often in her search for the killer, all the while trying to preserve balance in her personal life. Only for diehard Cornwell fans, of whom there are still many, despite the author's continued slump. Zvirin, Stephanie

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 591 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 428 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0399153934
  • Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Reprint (2. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000W94G2W
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (7 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #55.894 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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1979, gleich nach Beendigung des Studiums, arbeitete Patricia Cornwell (*1956 in Miami) als Polizeireporterin beim "The Charlotte Observer". Für ihre Serie über Prostitution und Kriminalität im Zentrum von Charlotte gewann sie schon bald einen Preis für investigativen Journalismus. Später war Patricia Cornwell u. a. Leiterin einer forensischen Abteilung an der Universität von Tennessee. So hat sie die Welt des Verbrechens gleich von mehreren Seiten kennengelernt. All diese Perspektiven vereint sie in ihrem neuen "Job": dem der Krimiautorin. Patricia Cornwell gilt heute als eine der Besten des Genres. Mit ihren Geschichten um die Pathologin Kay Scarpetta hält sie weltweit Millionen Fans in Atem.

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Do you remember the first Scarpetta novels? Hard to put down and even harder to wait for the next one? Well, I have always stuck to Scarpetta "through good and bad", have considered splitting before but couldn't bring myself to really doing so. I must be in denial, because there is no other explanation for still sticking to Cornwell's constantly deteriorating and erratic writing: While "Trace" merited 2,5*, "Book of the Dead" merits even less: 1 star for the cardboard characters and 0.5 stars for the story:

Compared to the nailbitingly suspenseful earlier Scarpetta-novels, "Book of the Dead" is an amateurish effort. Scarpetta is so caught up in a tangled web of problems that everything else falls behind: Benton is jealous but at the same time pops the big question. Rose is ill and in love, Lucy still has her brain tumor and keeps acting like the 6-million-dollar-woman, Marino keeps picking up bimbos with "trouble" written all over them and has turned from an intelligent yet somewhat abrasive human being into a borderline wacko. And last but not least Scarpetta has developed a saintly, all-forgiving trait which doesn't seem right. There are even more unnecessary jump cuts than in "Predator", the plot is therefore even more disjointed and implausible - it is just smidgen short of being ludicrous and inane.

I have been a diehard fan of this series since the get go, but enough is enough - I am thoroughly disappointed this time. The Scarpetta I loved and admired seems to have gone with the wind. Am I sorry to say that I have to agree with Booklist: "Book of the Dead" does *not* to the trick. Cornwell did *not* redeem herself in the least - on the contrary, she even made it worse with this one. 1.5* is a *very* favorable rating, because I still just cannot bring myself to rate a Scarpetta-novel with only one star.

In other words: Don't bother with this one. Neither worth the money, nor the time. Not even for diehard fans like me :-(.
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Kay Scarpetta and her romantic interest, fellow pathologist Benton Wesley, are in Rome, Italy, where they are consultants assisting the International Investigative Response, a branch of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes. The case-at-hand is the murder of a beautiful young tennis star, American Drew Martin; her horribly mutilated body was discovered near the Piazza Navona. Italian officials, the FBI, and - of course Scarpetta - are eager to solve this most mysterious and most heinous crime. However, there are very few sensible clues. Bizarre evidence, which is slowly revealed in protracted exposition and helter-skelter narrative, points to a probable serial killer who has been given the moniker The Sandman because of his perverse placement of sand (from some mysterious, unidentifiable location) into the eye-sockets of his victims.

Meanwhile, having hit an apparent dead-end - at least for the time being - in the Drew Martin murder investigation in Rome, Scarpetta, formerly of Richmond, Virginia (at least until her abrupt departure under unpleasant circumstances), returns to her home and office in Charleston, South Carolina, where she - and her investigative assistant, the unpredictable Pete Marino - become involved in investigating another (seemingly unrelated) case, the murder of a young boy. Then things get more and more complicated for Scarpetta (and for Cornwell's readers) as Dr.
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Do you remember the first Scarpetta novels? Hard to put down and even harder to wait for the next one? Well, I have always stuck to Scarpetta "through good and bad", have considered splitting before but couldn't bring myself to really doing so. I must be in denial, because there is no other explanation for still sticking to Cornwell's constantly deteriorating and erratic writing: While "Trace" merited 2,5*, "Book of the Dead" merits even less: 1 star for the cardboard characters and 0.5 stars for the story:

Compared to the nailbitingly suspenseful earlier Scarpetta-novels, "Book of the Dead" is an amateurish effort. Scarpetta is so caught up in a tangled web of problems that everything else falls behind: Benton is jealous but at the same time pops the big question. Rose is ill and in love, Lucy still has her brain tumor and keeps acting like the 6-million-dollar-woman, Marino keeps picking up bimbos with "trouble" written all over them and has turned from an intelligent yet somewhat abrasive human being into a borderline wacko. And last but not least Scarpetta has developed a saintly, all-forgiving trait which doesn't seem right. There are even more unnecessary jump cuts than in "Predator", the plot is therefore even more disjointed and implausible - it is just smidgen short of being ludicrous and inane.

I have been a diehard fan of this series since the get go, but enough is enough - I am thoroughly disappointed this time. The Scarpetta I loved and admired seems to have gone with the wind. Am I sorry to say that I have to agree with Booklist: "Book of the Dead" does *not* to the trick. Cornwell did *not* redeem herself in the least - on the contrary, she even made it worse with this one. 1.5* is a *very* favorable rating, because I still just cannot bring myself to rate a Scarpetta-novel with only one star.

In other words: Don't bother with this one. Neither worth the money, nor the time. Not even for diehard fans like me :-(.
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