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Postmortem (Dr. Kay Scarpetta Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Cornwell
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From Publishers Weekly

Cornwell, a former reporter who has worked in a medical examiner's office, sets her first mystery in Richmond, Va. Chief medical officer for the commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the narrator, dwells on her efforts to identify "Mr. Nobody," the strangler of young women. The doctor devotes days and nights to gathering computer data and forensic clues to the killer, although she's hampered by male officials anxious to prove themselves superior to a woman. Predictably, Scarpetta's toil pays off, but not before the strangler attacks her; a reformed male chauvinist, conveniently nearby, saves her. Although readers may be naturally disposed to admire Scarpetta and find the novel's scientific aspect interesting, they are likely to be put off by her self-aggrandizement and interminable complaints, annoying flaws in an otherwise promising debut.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This award-winning novel based on Richmond's real-life "South Side Strangler" case introduced Virginia's chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, and launched Cornwell's career. Narrator Lorelei King generally has a pleasant reading voice and uses good pacing to build suspense. However, this is not a successful merger of book and reader for American ears. Listeners may be confused to hear that Kay wears "cocky" (khaki), for instance, and accenting the second syllable of such words as modem and condom distract the listener from the story. Furthermore, the voices of supporting characters (such as Marino, a "stoopid" New Jersey cop, and Lucy, a fussy Southern child) are stereotypical. Fortunately, an unabridged version of Postmortem is available from several other producers, including Recorded Books (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/94). Not recommended.?Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Williamsburg, Va.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1263 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B00BNEVCO0
  • Verlag: Scribner; Auflage: Reprint (1. Dezember 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002YPORR6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (35 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #54.057 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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good start--weak finish 31. Januar 2000
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I read this book after having read some of her later ones, expecting this early effort to be better. Actually, it was, because Kay is more likeable and not as frustrated and enraged as she seems to become in the later books. I was disappointed in the denouement because Cornwell broke an unwritten rule of the mystery-writing field: don't have your villain suddenly appear on the last page. Introduce him early so the reader does not feel cheated. This villain was an obscure little guy who is not a character at all in that he doesn't move or speak in the narrative. The romance with Boltz seemed pointless, since he just disappears out of the story midway, and the child prodigy on the computer who makes the surrounding adults look like a bunch of idiots has become a cliche. I don't know who thought of this first, but it's old stuff. I found the technical data interesting, but the plot was episodic; and the detail about taking the bullets out of the gun every day was a plot device that stood out like a red flag. An experienced mystery reader sees that and says, "AHA!" Taken all in all, this novel makes a promise that has not been fulfilled.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant! 5. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
A year ago I picked up my first ever crime/fiction novel, "Body Of Evidence" by Patrica Cornwell ever since I've been hooked. Anyone who hasn't read a Kay Scarpetta novel doesn't know what they are missing and for those who have, you love this one as much as the others. The characters are well researched and interesting and the plot is full of twists which will ensure your never bored. This book has only added to my addiction to Kay Scarpetta. I would recommend anyone who hasn't already, to get their hands on a Kay Scarpetta novel ASAP.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good mystery 23. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Postmortem was a very good book. It constantly had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I liked the way it described the murders and autopsies with great detail. I liked the way the author decided to let the plot unfold. Just when you thought one thing, something else happened.
I liked the way the dialogue was written too. The author made the characters fit the way they talked. But I didn't like the way the talked in the medical jargon and computer jargon. That was a little hard to follow.
The book was so much like real life it was kind of scary. In this world there are sick people like that out there. Then like everything else the media blows everything up and creates more hysteria than there was in the first place. In the book the killer feed off the media and that probably was the cause of some of the deaths.
Overall the book was pretty good. It was the first book I had read by Patricia Cornwell but I will read more. Anyone who likes to read very descriptive mysteries Postmortem is a great book to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Patricia Cornwell is my new favorite author 29. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I've never read her, but picked up this book as a result of Amazon's author recommendation. I'm in the medical field & think Cornwell does an awesome job describing the cases on Dr.Scarpetta, ME. I will be buying & reading ALL of Cornwell's books this summer!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lock your doors and windows, sit back, and enjoy! 30. Juni 2000
After reading Patricia Cornwell's "Unnatural Exposure" I was so drawn to her writing style and characters that I decided I had to have more. So, I took it upon myself to add "Postmortem" to my library of suspense novels. Although I am new to Cornwell's books, I think that this may be one of the best books I have ever read. The way she uses her medical knowledge and background to create the plot and characters amazes me, and the story itself was so real that each chapter sent me on a rampage throughout my house to make sure that all the doors and windows were locked! I am a high school English student planning on becoming a writer myself, and I believe that Patricia Cornwell has given me an excellent role model to look at in my own writing endeavors. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful reading and forensic long as you can keep the fact that it is only a book in your mind....
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Postmortem? Post-Boredom. 24. August 1999
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So after being told that this was Cornwell's BEST work, (judging from her most recent that claim didn't seem too far-fetched), I finally decided to give it a try. This has got to be one of THE most terribly crafted stories, ever! Not to mention the plot structure. And by far one of the dullest books I've ever read. (Reading the Odyssey eight times in a row would've been more interesting.) We never do get to see Scarpetta doing much of anything. All of her "autopsies" are performed under the cover of "I just finished a post," dialogue. And then there's the dialogue. (Nevermind. I only have 1,000 words available.) So instead of being Chief Medical Examiner, Scarpetta goes from one long-winded conversation in an office, to another office, to someone's car, to her home, to an office, to a car, etc. (ex.) Somewhere in the first 50 pages, Cornwell gives the reader a transcript of an interview between Marino and a victim's husband to read. A very foolish move. Cornwell loses the reader for ten pages! Any editor in their right mind would NEVER have let that happen. Relative to the 350 (+) pages, Scarpetta really doesn't do much. There were a couple moments of interesting forensic inquiries, such as the mysterious "sparkles." But they were few and far between and not worth the 7 hours it took for me to painfully slog through this one. On another note, you never really get to know Scarpetta in this, almost as if Cornwell herself didn't know who her main protagonist really was. I know more about her desire for cooking pasta from scratch than her life as an ME. Marino was more flushed out and already an interesting "squirrel." (Uck. That dialogue has got to stop, yo.) And where was the climax? Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht mein Ding
Meinen Geschmack trifft dieses Werk nicht wirklich. Ich musste es lesen und fand es auch kurzweilig, aber nicht besonders "hochwertig". Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 9 Monaten von Mangrove veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen too high expectations?
I read this book a short while ago, after reading all the rave reviews about it. I must say I was disappointed. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2010 von CC7
5.0 von 5 Sternen Patricia Cornwell:Post Mortem
Ein spannendes Buch, das sehr gut in die Welt von Kay Scarpetta einführt und im englischen sogar noch mehr zu fesseln vermag, als im deutschen! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2002 von Monika Lehner
4.0 von 5 Sternen Jetzt kann man sie wieder ertragen
Kay Scarpetta ist wieder da. Nachdem die vorangegangenen Bücher immer unleserlicher wurden, Frau Scarpetta immer unsympathischer erschien, scheint sie sich wieder zu... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. Januar 2002 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen pageturner...ending a bit weak though...
I read this book because I read the author's two latest books "Southern Cross" and "Hornet's Nest" and all the reviews seemed to say that the Kay Scarpetta... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2000 von Zig Zog
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as the others . . .
I enjoy Ms. Cornwell's books and the Kay Scarpetta character. However, I agree with other reviewers that Ms. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Februar 2000 von Shiryl R. G. Ballard
5.0 von 5 Sternen Some of Cornwell's best work!
This was my first Patricia Cornwell book, and I really really liked it. It was full of suspense and gripping fear.
I loved the Kay Scarpetta charcter. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. November 1999 von Abby Gwinn
5.0 von 5 Sternen Read during daylight hours !
I came upon this author by accident. In fact, I usually try to avoid books written in the narrative form. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. November 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Tedious plot complicated by inept descriptions.
The plot of this novel plods along slowly with several useless side bars. If you can stick out the first 100+ pages, the second half of the book picks up the pace. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 1999 von Nigel Funge
2.0 von 5 Sternen Tedious plot complicated by inept descriptions.
The plot of this novel plods along slowly with several useless side bars. If you can stick out the first 100+ pages, the second half of the book picks up the pace. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 1999 von Nigel Funge
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