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Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Patricia Cornwell
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1. August 1999 Kay Scarpetta
A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder. The fire has come at the same time as another, even more incendiary horror: Carrie Grethen, a killer who nearly destroyed the lives of Scarpetta and those closest to her, has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital. Her whereabouts is unknown, but her ultimate destination is not, for Carrie has begun to communicate with Scarpetta, conveying her deadly - if cryptic - plans for revenge. Chillingly mesmeric in tone, labyrinthine in structure, POINT OF ORIGIN is Patricia Cornwell at her most dazzling. For more about Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website on www.patricia-cornwell.com
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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Reissue (1. August 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0425169863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425169865
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,9 x 2,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (403 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 659.929 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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.



When your everyday life is filled with death it's easy to find yourself a little edgy. The audio version of Patricia Cornwell's Point of Origin gives fans of her familiar heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a little something extra, a chance to hear the deep hurt and burning cynicism of the chief medical examiner's biting words. "You don't put your hands inside their ruined bodies and touch and measure their wounds.... You see clean case files and glossy photos and cold crime scenes. You spend more time with the killers than with those they ripped from life. And maybe you sleep better than I do, too. Maybe you still dream because you aren't afraid to."

Perhaps because Kate Reading has also narrated Cornwell's Unnatural Exposure and Cause of Death, her voice conveys experience and the history of what has come before, allowing listeners to hear between the lines. Using a subtle but effective range of vocal inflections, Reading lifts the characters off the page and carries them along as the plot spins ever faster, tangling Scarpetta in a snarl of arson, deceit, and psychopathic murder. With her arch nemesis making threats and suspicious fires leaving calcified corpses, Dr. Scarpetta's long-overdue romantic getaway has gone up in smoke. It's just one more day at the morgue, and Point of Origin, another hit in the popular series of Scarpetta mysteries, finds the good doctor's attitude honed razor sharp. (Running time: 11 hours, eight cassettes) --George Laney -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


'Imitators abound, but - pathologically speaking - nobody does it like Cornwell' Literary Review 'The pathology is fascinating, as is the sinister atmosphere generated by Cornwell's cruel prose' Harpers and Queen 'The bleakest - and the best - of Cornwell's novels' Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not her best, but enjoyable nonetheless... 19. Mai 2000
I have always loved Patricia Cornwell's writing and her books. She is a sharp woman with great writing skills, and her knowledge of forensic science is certainly part of the reason people come back to read her again and again. This book was extremely depressing, more than frightening...because we've been through these same things with Scarpetta and her niece before. How many times can one person deal with such tragedy and loss in their lives. At a certain point, this becomes unbelieveable (except for the Kennedy family), and the reader loses interest. Yes, the author is aging her protagonist and life does change, but must it always be so negative? I get the feeling Cornwell wants to be rid of this character, with this book being not up to her usual standards and with the introduction of other characters in books such as "Southern Cross". If this is true then I should think the author would want this character to go out with a good plot behind her. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, klsst23@pitt.edu
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Many readers have panned Cornwell's Point of Origin as not keeping within the genre' and being too involved with character development. To my way of thinking, this is precisely what the author intended. Those of us who have read all of the Scarpetta episodes, and have any sort of memory, do not need fresh starts and predictable thrillings. We have unanswered questions from the past and this book nicely ties up loose ends and gives us an update on the principle characters. Kay and Lucy are the pivotal personalities and it is gratifying to watch them behaving in a realistically unfinished manner. Those who focus in on picky little details and find fault with occasionally inaccurate nits are missing the whole reason for this series. Whether or not Cornwell wants to admit it, we are watching the evolution of the author's personality as she reflects upon the adventures of her characters. True growth occurs only through reflection. Even though the incidents portrayed in the novel are fictional, we need to realize that all writing is irrevocably filtered through the experience and world view of the author. A few hours spent with Kay and Lucy, every year or so, gives us an update on Patricia Cornwell who has been so gracious as to share her opinions about things that matter to her. Unlike authors who grind out thrillers with no particular personal involvement, Cornwell has the courage to invite us into her home. The person of Kay Scarpetta may seem to make snap decisions and jump to conclusions on occasion and for those readers who do not know her, she may seem to be incompletely formed and her reasoning, flawed. Cornwell has been criticized for moving too rapidly in these instances. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Kiss of death 17. August 1999
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What a huge disappointment, I eagerly awaitied the publication of this book & managed to beg a copy off someone which I sat down to devour. What can I say without ruining the plot for those of you who haven't read it (unlike some of the other reviewers listed)? Firstly, how stupid can Benton be? Secondly why does everyone Scarpetta gets involved with meet a very gruesome end? She should come with a public warning - 'do not get involved with me or you will face certain death by scalping or a terrorist bomb'. Thirdly, like other reviewers I did not like the recycling of former baddies, it takes away the suspense, which after all is the whole purpose of reading books of this genre & I have had enough of Carrie Grethen and her 'evilness'.
Lucy is just SO unbelieveably irritating, I find it a struggle to read about her. And enough is enough, Scarpetta's worship of her neice borders on the obsessive & is totally unhealthy. It's a shame that she has escaped the fate of all the other characters who've been associated with Aunt Kay. In previous books we were subjected to endless unecessary detail about computers. Lucy the genious, has managed to transform herself into an expert on helicopters & points of origin -argh. Please why must she continually be the main feature of the storyline, why can't we see her on the periphery for a change? Lucy is a dull, tedious, one dimensional humnourless nerd. Scarpetta isn't much better, the pair of them are real social misfits. The best characterisation by far must be Marino although it's clear that Cornwell sees him as an object of fun & ridicule.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Amateurish 20. April 1999
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I'd heard of Patricia Cornwell and her medical examiner protagonist before, but hadn't read one of the series until this one. Perhaps the previous books were better, but frankly, I don't think this book would have been accepted by a publisher if it wasn't "Halloween XVXIII" so to speak. Nothing really made sense. Why was one colt spared the fire? How did the fires start anyway (we learn that they're ignited with magnesium, which is conveniently incorporated into cuts on the victims, but not what continues to feed them). What ever becomes of Kenneth Sparkes? What about the morning phone calls (Scarpetta "just knows" all of a sudden that they're from the parents of a boy who died for lack of medical care, and that clairvoyant knowledge is meant to satisfy us as much as it evidently satisfies Scarpetta). And so on. And so on. To say that the plot is weak is too generous - it scarcely has a plot at all. Nor is it a novel of character. Benton shows up briefly, smelling good, and then vanishes again. We're told he's too samrt to get careless, but although he knows that he's being stalked by a psycho killer who has a male accomplice, when a male calls and says he has info about the psycho killer, Benton goes off to meet him in a dark and lonely place. "Hey, Benton! When you hear something eerie in the basement in a horror movie, don't go down there"! But this is all third hand - the man only has two brief scenes and about three lines of dialogue. Then there's Lucy, who just walks around in a sort of perpetual huff. And Marino, who sweats mostly. And finally there's Scarpetta, who has Dark Emotion. We are told so, more or less, just as we're told that she's a genius. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another Great Read
Read this one in less than a day. Another great Cornwell thriller. I would have to agree that the "Point of Origin" was never thoroughly explained and the death of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 31. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Liked It
Point of Origin was a good thriller as most of Patricia Cornwells books are. I really liked the storyline of the burning horse farm and that Kay Scarpetta and boyfriend Wesley are... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von "dreale"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Okay book.
Okay book.

So who's this cydneyday chick, who writes perfectly ordinary reviews of not especially popular books and CDs, and whose reviews all seem to collect nineteen... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Cornwell Clogs A Bit
Ms. Cornwell brings us her 9th thriller featuring ME Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In "Point Of Origin", there are several plots twisting and turning the reader. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2000 von "goldcoastreviews"
2.0 von 5 Sternen Scarpetta: The never-swaying robodoc !
I ve read almost every book available by Cornwell, but this one might ve been the last. I think shes said all that she had to say and there isnt anything left. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Point of Departure
I read this thing trapped in a Days Inn in NC whilst a hurricane went over; frankly I should have tossed it up into the eye. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
In Italian "scarpetta" means to collect the sauce on your plate using a piece of bread. Where is the beef? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2000 von Hermes Trismegistus
3.0 von 5 Sternen What?
Normally I really enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books, in fact, I'd consider her one of my favorite authors, but Point of Origin falls so far short of any of her other works. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2000 von N. Bernadsky
1.0 von 5 Sternen A potboiler of no distinction
This was my first Scarpetta novel; it will be my last. A flimsy plot: as another reviewer has already said, not "intellectually challenging. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Unreadable
I loved Patricia Cornwell's first couple of books, but this book is just awful. The writing is dreadful, and the plot? She's sleepwalking through this one. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2000 von Petsounds
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