- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Reissue (1. August 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0425169863
- ISBN-13: 978-0425169865
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,9 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 403 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.556.721 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 1999
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Patricia Cornwell's novels about Kay Scarpetta, forensic pathologist and nemesis of arrogant criminals, have long since become one of those series which admirers buy automatically, knowing and liking what they are going to get. For once, Scarpetta is learning, as well as lecturing, as she finds herself involved with a series of deaths by fire, and a killer who has learned to make her job difficult. The series' running villainess, the charming malign Carrie Grethen, once the lover of Scarpetta's niece, has escaped from custody with vengeance on her mind. Cornwell's own troubles of recent years find an echo in Carrie's media offensive--Holmes never had to cope with Moriarty writing to The Times to say that it was all a frame-up...
As always, the strong point of Patricia Cornwell's books is less the plotting than the exposition of technical details. She has the gift of fascinating with apparent trivia--just what are the metal shavings and clumps of ash caught in the victims' hair?--that turn out to lead in to the stuff of nightmares. Cornwell's reinvention of the forensic thriller combines expertise with anger at the inventiveness of human evil. --Roz Kaveney -- 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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Herdevelopment of Scarpetta has become tiresome. Kay is a whiny, self-important, annoying shrew who has no chance of connecting with human beings on any level. And Lucy, well, the less said the better. She's beyond intolerable.
My main problem with the book, besides the obvious plot holes, was the text that was dedicated to absolutely unrelated events. When Kay and Marino eat at the Old Ebbitt Grill in DC, the author spends at least two pages reviewing conversations being held by various patrons at the restaurant. And I need to read about this because....? Cornwell employed this abysmal style in the unreadable Hornet's Nest.
Another annoyance is the shameless brand name dropping. Do I care that Rose wears an Armani suit? Not really. Also, why does Cornwell need to specify that Kay uses and ergonomically correct chair? These are all useless details that only seem to take up extra text.
If she wants to return to the business of writing taut, suspenseful novels, then it is time for Cornwell to perform an attitude adjustment on her main characters, and FIND A BETTER EDITOR!
While there was nothing wrong with "Point of Origin", there was nothing in it to rave about either. Once again, the protagonist, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, is faced with a baffling series of murders but, once again (and I am giving absolutely nothing away by saying this) she faces the same nemesis that we have seen in previous novels. In reading the novel, I could not help that Cornwell has become too comfortable with Carrie Grethen to be willing to branch out and create a new villain who resorts to methods other than those made so familiar by Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."
Where Cornwell succeeds, however, is in her mastery of medical detail. The success of the Scarpetta novels hinged greatly on the fact that the reader was actually able to picture themselves at the crime scene and in the morgue as a criminal investigation was conducted. The descriptions that Cornwell makes are admittedly gory but no more so than what medical examiners are, presumably, faced with every day. One is not left with the impression that the gore is gratuitous and that is why I have kept coming back to the Scarpetta novels.
"Point of Origin" is an improvement over some of Cornwell's other more recent Scarpetta novels. If only she were willing to experiment with new characters and plot lines, rather than stick to what is becoming the same formulaic plot, her readership would only continue to grow.
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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
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...Am 31. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
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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...Am 23. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
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
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
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
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