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Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Cruel and Unusual - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4 - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Patricia Cornwell, Kate Burton (Narrator)
The fingerprints say the murderer is the man who's just been executed ... — At 11.05 one December evening in Richmond, Virginia, convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair. At the morgue Dr Kay Scarpetta waits for Waddell's body. Preparing to perform a post-mortem before the subject is dead is a strange...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780001047143
ISBN-10: 0001047140
Publication Date: 8/31/1993
Edition: Abridged
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3.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: HarperCollins Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on + 355 more book reviews
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Another page-turner by Cornwell, featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner.
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I really liked this book, but sometimes, it makes me glad that I'm not an M.E. in Scarpetta's position. It sure seems like a lot of people have a vendetta against them whether it be personal or political. (Well, this one anyway.)

Some of the narrative in this book did drive me a bit nuts because it felt sloppy. Characters would comment on something out of the blue, or something would happen, and I'd have to look back to see if I missed something because I was tired while I was reading. Turned out, it wasn't me, just lack of description in certain situations. One such was when Mark's death was mentioned. I know it was meant to be shocking, but it was stuck within a chapter in such a nonchalant place that it didn't give it the importance it deserved. It would have been better to have mentioned it at the end of a chapter. Especially since Scarpetta frequently thinks about him during the course of the story.

Overall, though, this has been my favorite book in the series, as it was the most interesting so far. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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