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Cruel and Unusual: A Kay Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)

Cruel and Unusual: A Kay Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
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From Publishers Weekly

This fourth mystery to feature Virginia Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kay Scarpetta was a 12-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

On the eve of longtime Death Row inmate Ronnie Joe Waddell's execution, Virginia chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta (All That Remains, Body of Evidence, etc.) gets a call about the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath--a homicide that has uncanny similarities to Waddell's handiwork. And the eeriness continues after the execution- -when Waddell's fingerprint is found in the home of a second murder victim, and when Susan Story, Kay's morgue supervisor, spooked by the autopsy on Waddell, is killed with the same gun that shot Eddie. Kay has to deal not only with the specter of Waddell again at large (escaped? switched with another inmate? misidentified through his prints for someone else?) but with a security leak in her own office, as a breach in her computer files and the theft of her records put her on the spot as a suspect in Susan's murder--and point to corruption that reaches further than Kay can imagine. Cornwell's accustomed forensic flair, plus the bonus of an unusually baffling and intricate plot, make this her best book yet-- and a new high point in her meteoric rise. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 646 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 417 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B003Q1FF8W
  • Verlag: Scribner (1. Dezember 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (36 Kundenrezensionen)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Cliffhanger 26. Juli 2000
First of all, this book really should receive 3.5 stars, but due to the lack of "half-stars" in's rating system, a mere three will have to do. This is my fifth Patricia Cornwell book, but definitely is not my favorite. The plot was terrific--the idea of a death row inmate possibly escaping from prison is a frightening concept, especially since Cornwell is always right on the ball when it comes to accuracy of details. As always, the characters are so realistic that the reader often must test himself to remember that they are indeed fictional. This book got a five star rating from me until about halfway when political injustices against the main character intervened. Although this was a good idea for a plot twist, it seemed that Cornwell was digressing from the main idea of the story, taking the reader into another story completely separate from what we read in the beginning. The ending was a disappointment--throughout the story, Cornwell is setting the reader up for the usual great climax where the perpetrator is discovered and captured and all is well--and then, it doesn't happen. In my opinion, it seemed like the ending was written by not Cornwell, but another author who rushed to complete this chapter of Kay Scarpetta's adventures as soon as possible. Overall, Cruel and Unusual was a good book that unfortunately could have been a great book if the right elements had been present.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen CORNWELL CRUD 27. Juli 2000
Patricia Cornwell is very clearly a well researched writer. She really knows her stuff when it comes to forensics. This ability of hers is reflected in the character of Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner. I kept reading in order to find out the links among the deaths of Robyn Naismith, Eddie Heath, Susan, and Jennifer Deighton. Most of my questions were answered, but I felt that there was WAY too much forensic evidence for my liking, and really did not enjoy this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spellbound! 19. März 2000
Von Rhonda
This was my first Patricia Cornwell novel and I must say I was blown away. I never thought I'd warm up to a modern mystery writer the way I did with Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, but Ms. Cornwell has displaced them both in my heart.
C & E was by far the most fascinating book I've ever read. I sat up until the wee hours of the morning reading this wonderful novel, devouring every word, as I couldn't go to bed until I had finished it. The only disappointment was the ending. The killer came out of the blue, and there were too many loose ends.
The story and characters were first rate and I intend to read all her other books. It's been a long time since I found an author I would be willing to pay hardcover prices to read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What happened to the ending? 24. Januar 2000
If you're a mystery lover, you will thoroughly enjoy the first 90% of this book. Ms. Cornwell does a masterful job of weaving the story, adding twists, and providing enough technical detail to make it all believable. And then, just when she has you all set up for a masterful doesn't happen. It almost seems that this rushed ending was written by another person. It is a good read...that could have been a great read.
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Wie alle Krimis von Cornwell spannend und überraschend. Der Plot löst sich erst nach viel Verwirrung auf. Etwas langweilig und übertechnisch die Abhandlungen über Computerhacker. Aber auch hier verherrlicht die Autorin Waffenbesitz und Todesstrafe als "amerikanische Grundrechte". Eine 17jährige erhält Schießunterricht, die Heldin besitzt mehrere Schußwaffen und führt sie ständig mit sich. Außerdem ist es nicht "political correkt", daß unangenehme, schmierige und verlogene Personen entweder deutschstämmig oder Deutschlehrer sind, bzw. z.B. als "Helen, the hunn" bezeichnet werden. P. Cornwell hat m. E. diesbezüglich einen Verfolgungswahn.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Blah... 12. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I must have missed something... reading "Cruel and Unusual" and "The Alienist" at the same time, C&E wasn't remotely in the latter's league. They aren't even playing the same sport. I knew when I picked it up that C&E would be pulp entertainment and nothing more, but I'm still disappointed.
The plot was reasonably interesting but the way that everything fell so neatly into place at the end seemed forced. What passed for character development was more like being beat over the head with a ten-pound hammer: we know that Kay is cold and detached, that Lucy needs to be loved, and so on. I knew it the first time Cornwell told me. To tell -- not show -- me again and again, always in the same exact way, the same conversations, made me roll my eyes with boredom. Plus, the characters were so one-dimensional, I just didn't care.
Ultimately, though, you read a mystery novel for the mystery, and I just didn't find it that interesting. The killer was boring and came out of the blue, the twists not particularly interesting, and the villains, such as they were, not particularly villainous.
All in all, a decent read but not much more. I went in looking for fluff, and came away a bit disappointed.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 17. Februar 2006
Von ZouZou
I found the story boring without suspense, the technical language lasted for pages and irritated me to no end, the characters were two-dimensional and I had a strong feeling that this book was written with the intention of creating a part II.
Overall a big disappointment!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Just Plain Cruel Will Do
I must say I was required to read this book for a class. If that had not been the case, I would have put the book down half way through it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von Amazon Customer
1.0 von 5 Sternen 2/3 of a great book, then... blah
I listened to the audio version of "Cruel & Unusual" on a recent trip to New Jersey and back. The first 2/3 of the book kept me on the edge of my seat, then... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2000 von David S. Michaels
5.0 von 5 Sternen A happy end to virginity from Kay Scarpetta!
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident and thought I'd give it a whirl. I never expected to fall in love with a character and an author quite so quickly! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2000 von Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations
4.0 von 5 Sternen Spellbound
This story was really captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was really hard to put down and all the characters involved were amazing. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2000 von Linda Jane Isaacs
5.0 von 5 Sternen great read
This book is so good i could actually feel the evil of the killer! Great Book!
Am 5. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen A good book with a bad ending
This was my first book by Patricia Cornwell, and I thought it was great. In fact, I stayed up until 4:30am reading it one morning, but the end was a bit confusing and forced. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen what happend to Mark?
I just wrote a review on this book and I forgot to include something. WHAT HAPPEND TO MARK. Out of the blue he's all of a sudden dead!
Am 17. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT! Her BEST!
This book was her best! Filled with suspense, plot twists, medical detail, realistsic characters, and frightening vilians. You can't get much better then this. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
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