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Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1)
Postmortem - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1
Author: Patricia Cornwell
The first Cornwell book to introduce Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Under the leafy cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster moves undetected, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta senses the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer -- a "Mr. Nobody" -- who...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380710218
ISBN-10: 0380710218
Publication Date: 7/1993
Pages: 339
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4 stars, based on 319 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1) on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Convincing mystery that is thrilling right to the end. This is the first in the Kay Scarpetta series and I will be sure to read the others.
reviewed Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1) on + 60 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
To date my favorite book of Cornwell's series of forensic novels and her first. "A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond Virginia, three women have died...there is no pattern and the killer appears to strike at random..."

"An excellent chiller with pace and tension"--Sunday Telegraph
reviewed Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1) on + 170 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First in the series and a wonderful beginning--Kay is business-like but not so harsh as to be a harpie. A plot with just enough twists that I never thought I was being "talked-down to". This was my first Cornwell, and I don't intend for it to be my last.
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Helpful Score: 3
The book started out a bit light and slow, in my opinion, but it did give us a feel for who the characters are in the story. Sometimes I felt that a little too much drama happens to the lead character all at one time, but it did make for a good story.

It was also fascinating reading a book written about a time before DNA was as well-developed as it is today in forensic science.

You're also kept guessing until the end who the killer is, but I was still surprised at who it was in the end. I'm a bit hooked now on these books and plan to continue reading more of the series since I have quite a few of them on my TBR shelf.
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Helpful Score: 2
I just read this book on the recommendation of a coworker....and now I am definitely planning to read more in the Kay Scarpetta series by this author. Well written, compelling storytelling, unexpected turns...a must read.
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reviewed Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1) on + 135 more book reviews
Very good - she makes you want to grow up to be just like Kay Scarpetta! (although it's a little too late for that!)
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This is the first Kay Scarpetta novel. VERY interesting .. particularly in how things have changed - in this one, the ME's office has one shared computer, DNA is not a big factor, etc. Good storyline and fascinating to read if you want to start from the beginning. Lucy is in it, but she's 10 years old (a computer whiz though!)
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I liked it alot. The forensic aspects of it are nice.. It was a little hard for me to get into though.. Will definatly continue on in the series though. I love female leads

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