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Postmortem  (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1)
Postmortem - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 1
Author: Patricia Cornwell
ISBN-13: 9780751530438
ISBN-10: 0751530433
Publication Date: 4/13/2000
Pages: 404
Edition: New Ed
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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: 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
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Helpful Score: 2
A brilliant human monster-A"mr. Nobody"-moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage...but few clues. With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic research, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac. But someone os trying to sabotasge Kasy's investigation from the inside. And someome wants her dead...
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Helpful Score: 2
Well, now I know why this one won the Edgar for best first novel and why Cornwell has cranked out a new Kay Scarpetta novel almost every year for the last 15 years or so. Her loyal and devoted following is well-earned, and I'm looking forward to reading more of the Dr. Scarpetta series. If you like CSI or any of the other forensic shows that dominate TV nowadays, you will love this series.
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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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Helpful Score: 1
Dark and dangerous. Classic Kay Scarpetta.
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Dazzling...Fascinating...A First-Rate Thriller. - Los Angeles Times. I think they said it better than I can.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not just another muder mystery. Well Plotted, well-written and a chilling ending. Very real with well laid clues.
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Kay Scarpetta at it again. I love her interaction with her niece Lucy and I have followed the relationship since Lucy was a tyke it is almost like I know them. Cornwell brings them true to life. The forensic knowledge is good and I learn a lot. Cornwell is a great writer and this is a great book
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This book is right up there with the rest of Patricia Cornwell's mystery detective novels. Unable to put it down once you start reading!
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Terrifying, clean, crisp and compelling as Dr Scarpetta comes under severe scrutiny in this murder mystery. Fast moving and a quick read.
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Another good Scarpetta story!! There is a murderer that is killing women but leaves few clues! They are all putting pressure on Kay and saying that she is leaking information to the press! Keeps you wondering who the murderer is until the end. Everyone is suspect in this one!
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The first time I heard about Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta mysteries was on BBC World Book Club and when the hefty tome containing the first three Scarpetta novels caught my eye at the used book shop I immediately snatched it off the shelf. It waited its turn until this year when I finally settled in to read Postmortem.
One of the first things that struck me, even distracted me somewhat, was how much technology playing a major part in the story dated the novel. Scarpetta talked about diskettes, bringing up information through Basic commands, dialing in to computers via modem and I could hardly believe the time Cornwell was writing about was just over 20 years ago. Seems like much longer considering the leaps and bounds by which technology has advanced since 1990s.
Once I adjusted to the idea of computer systems being a novelty and DNA testing being so new that it was barely used and took forever I was able to appreciate this book for what it is. Did you know it received the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony and Macavity Awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure in a single year? It was revolutionary back then to put a woman in the center of a crime novel and Cornwell did it wonderfully. Kay Scarpetta is intelligent and strong, but at the same time she's vulnerable and sensitive. We see her as the tough Chief Medical Examiner and a loving aunt who makes pizza from scratch, we see her doing her best and feeling insecure because she's one of the few women in a man-dominated world. Things have changed some since then but not all that much and it was refreshing to see a woman who isn't all iron lady.
The supporting cast complemented Scarpetta nicely - a rough around the edges detective with both great instincts and integrity to bring to the table, a little girl so smart she beat the adults at their own game, the perfect suspect or two who... well, I'll leave you to figure that one out on your own.
The characters really made the book for me but the writing was great as well. This is one of those cases where the writer breaks the rules we've heard time and time again (limit adverbs, show don't tell, etc.) and does it in a way that works and actually makes the novel better. As they say, break the rules the right way!
Last but not least when it came time for the big reveal I was just as suprised as everyone else. Cornwell revealed the clues so gradually that I actually felt like I was figuring things out with Scarpetta and Marino and the fact that there wasn't a big explanation at the end and neither was the culprit one of the characters who already made an appearance at the scene made the story much more satisfying. Needless to say I look forward to reading the next book in the volume.
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This is the first book in the the Kay Scarpetta series. I inadvertently read the second book first, but am glad I did. If I had read this one first, I probably would not have continued with the series. The books get tremendously better after this one.
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The first Kay Scarpetta draws you into a world that is definitely NOT cozy, but is so very realistic you can almost smell the institutional paint mixed with disinfectant and blood. There is no gore for the sake of sensationalism however--the story is very tightly constructed.

I look forward to more and will read them in order to watch how the main characters continue their interactions.
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1st in the Kay Scarpetta series and a definite must read for any mystery/thriller reader. Is a wonderful and interesting story of a serial killer and the people that try to stop him. The characters are easy to care for and it leaves you guessing right till the very end. I will definitely be reading more of this series!
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Patricia Corwell's series starring Kay Scarpetta as the Chief Medical Examiner is one of the best series of books I have read. Mysteries have never been my genre, but I love the CSI TV series and this book intrigues me in the same manner. Corwell is very knowledgeable and her writing style is descriptive and flowing as well as easy to read. Its not so packed with technical jargon that you cant sit and enjoy a nice quiet read without having to reach for a dictioary.
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Very thrilling and chilling. One of the best in the series.
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I am a huge fan of Patricia Cornwell, and she does not fail to provide another page-turner.
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as the beginning of the series, it pulls you right in. this is must read for thrill seekers. kay must stop a killer before she becomes his next victim. she must turn to people she never thought she would have to confide in. a real page turner, keeps you waiting for the next one.
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I have read the entire Scarpetta series and have loved them all. This one is no exception.
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I grew up reading this series. Kay Scarpetta is one of the greatest fictional characters of our era. This is a rough start to a good series, but it's still an okay book. My advice? Read it and enjoy it for what it is.
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I liked this book because I had read "Blowfly" first so wasn't up to speed on how characters and incidents began. I'm not sure I'd buy another of her books, however.
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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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Good Scarpetta book.
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My fist venture into Patricia Cornwell & Kay Scarpette - Great story!
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Postmortem is a book that's made to plague your mind with vivid detail about bondage and what plagues the minds of people that have to deal with it--not only in being raped and/or bound but in those that have to find the person who forcibly did it. For a starter novel it's very well done though there are some points that had me stopping to reread a few times. Like any book there are mistakes but some of them are in spots that not only should the author have found but the editor as well. As for character basics Cornwell did a good enough job with slipping in details about Scarpetta's past but the other characters have a few problems. Mainly Bolts. She speaks about him in a way that we should know all of this as she does but doesn't explain things in between. He makes drastic character changes--which is difficult to follow since in the beginning of the book, toward the middle, he's constantly important to Scarpetta but then suddenly he leaves and is barely mentioned again until the end of the book which isn't very logical since he was a suspect.

All in all I do enjoy the book, I sat down one morning with some tea and nothing to do. That night I found myself closing the book with mild satisfaction. She did a well enough job that it is a page turner but I believe it would be even better if it was polished up a bit more.
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The first and very best from P. Cornwell! This is based loosely on a real situation we had in Richmond with the Southside Strangler in the early 90s and it brought back chilling memories for me!
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Great mystery. I didn't appreciate the violence of the death, but that aspect was not dwelt on as the mystery was solved.
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This is my first Patricia Cornwell book - can't wait to read the rest in the series. Already have a copy of Body of Evidence which is, I think, the second in the series. This one kept me guessing right up to the last chapter.
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This was my first venture into the Kay Scarpetta series of Patricia Cornwell's books, and I know it will not be the last. I was immediately gripped by the story and went along for the ride, through twists and turns to the solution of the mystery. A really good plot and a main character that interested me--that is what reading is all about.
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it was pretty good
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Very good read with lot's of excitment.
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After having this author recommended to me several times by friends, I purchased Patricia Cornwell's entire Kay Scarpetta series on Ebay. This is the first book in the series, and although I highly enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed in the ending--mostly, I think, because I was expecting the serial killer to be a major character of the book. Now that I know Cornwell's books are like that, I will not be disappointed in future reads.

Postmortem is a tale of a serial killer who preys upon women. His victims seem to have nothing in common, therefore baffling all who are attempting to profile and/or catch him. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is a brilliant heroine, and one to be admired. I would definitely recommend reading this book first as it introduces characters to appear in later books of the Kay Scarpetta series.
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I throughly enjoy reading the Scarpetta books, they are so well written with a excellent storyline that keeps you turning the pages as quick as you can. The realism in the writing is what keeps you coming back for more.
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Start this one and you will be hooked to read the rest of the series!
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If you like books that keep youawake at night. . .this is one for you. Kay Scarpetta solves a serial murder case that involves a horrific method of murder. I couldn't get it out of my head for days.
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The beginning of the Scarpetta saga. Wonderful read!
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A human monster is abroad in Richmond,Va.,stranguling women without leaving many clues. Enter Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta,one of the most interesting and human of lady forensic detectives. As she investigates,the killer is drawing a bead on the good doctors own throat!
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Early Scarpetta M.E.; good mystery.
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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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(I never had a dust jacket w/ my copy)

I LOVE PATRICIA CORNWELL! It has been a long time since I have read this one, but it rates highly as with all of the Kay Scarpetta books.
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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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Really good. As good as all of Kay Scarpetta's books.
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Great book! Fast paced, suspenseful, and smart. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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This is the one that got me hooked!
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My 15 year old daughter and I both read this book in just a few days! It has a good plot and was a real page turner.
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A good forensic mystery novel.
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I love Dr Scarpetta!
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Cornwell is always good.
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This is the first Kay Scarpetta book in the series. It is very good.
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Kay Scarpetta novel
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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, beause it's being sabotaged from within-and someone wants her dead.
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This book was too dull for me. Kay Scarpetta's character was just too dull for me, and it didn't help that the book was written in first person from her point of view.
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Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta gift for combining criminology with supense makes this an exciting story.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.
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I really like Cornwell. Very suspense full. I believe this is the first book in her series. Great read
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Under cover of night in Richmond Virginia a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst, a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabatoged from within, and someone wants her dead.
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I love all of the Kay Scarpetta stories, especially this one. Hope you enjoy it also!
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First in the Kay Scarpetta series and an excellent and chilling read pitting the Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, against a vicious and brilliant serial killer....The first in the wolrd famous series!
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My husband told me about the Scarpetta series. I just started reading this one and I cannot put it down, she draws you in right away. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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AWESOME READ!!!!!
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A Kay Scarpetta Mystery
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Classic Cornwell....I especially enjoy hers that are set in Richmond, as I am from near there.
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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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Very good mystery. I enjoyed the trace evidence. Different.
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Kay Scarpetta takes on a case of a serial killer nicknamed "Mr Nobody" who is terrorizing the city of Richmond, Virginia.
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Patricia Cornwell always leaves me wanting to know what's going happen next.
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A Scarpetta thriller.
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I love the early Scarpetta novels
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A good introduction to Cornwell's Scarpetta series
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Synopsis: A "Mr. Nobody" moves undetected through Richmond, Virginia, leaving behind a gruesom trail of carnage. There are few clues. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask this maniac. But, Kay's investigation is sabotaged from inside. Someone wants her dead.
My thoughts: I am a Patrical Cornwell fan, and a usual I found the book intriguing.
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Another great book by Patricia Cornwell!
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A brilliant human monster - a "Mr. Nobody" - moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage, but few clues. fascinating, well-written, compelling
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ANother good thriller by Cornwell. A killer with no clues to his identify. Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, sets out to unmask a maniac. but someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation fromt he inside. And someone want her dead. Cornwell always tells a good suspense story.
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this is the first of the Kay Scarpetta seris by patricia Cornwell.
It was a good book
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Really love the early Scarpetta books. Both the plot twists and character developement make Cornwell one of my favorite authors.
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There is someone out there killing and raping women. The finger pointing leads to the leaks coming from Kay Scarpetta's office.
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From the cover:

"A brilliant human monster - a "Mr. Nobody" - moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage... but few clues. With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic research, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside. And someone wants her dead..."
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First of the Scarpetta novels. If you like CSI or forensics in general, here's a series for you.
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Perhaps not QUITE as good as a few of the others, but a very acceptable thriller.
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Four women with nothing in common united only in death. Four brutalized victims of a brilliant monster-a "Mr. Nobody" moving undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage...but few clues. Kay Scarpetta
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Mr. Nobody moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage...but few clues (back cover)..Dr Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask an maniac..
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Excellent descriptions about how a Medical Examiner interacts with other team members during a serial killing situation.
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good early cornwell.
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This was an interesting story and I'm not a huge fan of hers either. I liked it though--kept my interest.
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Another great Kay Scarpetta mystery. Four women die, seem to have nothing in common. Kay is determined to find this maniac, but someone wants her dead.
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A brilliant human monster - a "Mr. Nobody" - moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage -- but few clues. Someone is trying to sabotage Dr. Kay Scarpetta's investigation from the inside. Someone wants her dead.
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A brilliant human monster-a "Mr. Nobody"moves undetected through a paralyzed city leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage...but few clues. With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic research, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac. but someone is trying to sabatage Kay's investigation from the inside. And someone wants her dead.....
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A brillian human monster - a "Mr. Nobody" - moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage - but few clues. With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic reseach, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside. And someone wants her dead...
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Like all the Kay Scarpetta mysteries, this one is GREAT!!! You won't be able to put this one down!
:-)
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Kay Scarpetta is a good mystery heroine. All the books in this series are great to read.
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Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the chief medical examiner in Richmond, Virginia, is determined to stop a serial killer responsible for a gruesome trail of stranglings but has difficulty finding out what the victims had in common, an investigation undermined by sabotage by someone close to her.
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Another great Kay Scarpetta mystery. Human monster moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage, but few clues. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask the maniac, but someone is trying to sabotage her investigation from within.
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Once you read this, you won't be able to resist going on to the rest of the series!
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If you love Kay Scapetta, this is a good one!
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A brilliant human monster, a "Mr. Nobody", moves through a paralyzed city undetected, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage and few clues.
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a great scarpetta novel
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Good crime story in the CSI genre.
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A brilliant human monster a Mr. Nobody- moves undetected through a paralyzed city,leaving behind a guresome trail of carnage...but few clues,With an unerring eye the latest advances in forensic research ,medical examiner Kay Scarperra sets out to unmask a maniac.But someone is trying to sabotaged Kay's investigation from the inside. Someone wants her dead!!!!
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Forensic research unmasks a human monster.
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The 1st book in the series featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta who is a chief medical examiner in Richmond, Virginia.

My second favorite book of all time!
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As with all of the Scarpetta series...this is a great read!This is the first book in which we meet "Dr. Kay scarpetta". From the back cover** Under the leafy cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster moves undetected, leaving a gruesome trail fo stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay scarpetta senses the worst:a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer-a "Mr. Nobody"-whose signatures offer precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she must call on the latest advances in forensic research to have a chance of unmasking the maniac. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within-and someone wants her dead.
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It kept me guessing. Having read many others in this series, I knew all the main characters would survive....this time. Her books are a like a time capsule of technology and medical science...a snapshot in time of the current "state of the art".
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The first and (I think) the best of Cornwell's novels.
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The first Kay Scarpetti book.

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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.
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Excellent book, very hard to put down.
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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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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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A fun and exciting start to this great series.
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One of my favorite Patricia Cornwells. Can't put it down, thrilling read.
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Good read.
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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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A very quick read. If you like Cornwell, you will enjoy this thriller.
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From back of book:

A brilliant human monster -- a "Mr. Nobody" -- moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage..but few clues. With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic research, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac. But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside. And someone wants her dead........
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well written. engaging main character.
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good mystery book
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good book
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Story jumped all over. First this was the guy and then no that was the guy. Then at the end, low and behold, it was someone who never appeared in the story at all. Came out of nowhere.

That's not a mystery. The mystery is in the discovering who done it by following all the clues. Not here are all the facts and whoops, no, this person from nowhere did it.

Phooey.

I will try some other Scarpetta books and see if they are any better. Maybe the first one was just trying to write one and falling short.
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Classic Patricia Cornwell
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I really enjoyed listening to this .
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Good book, a bit dated these days, but decent story.
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Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask a brilliant serial killer. This investigation will test her like no other, because it is being sabotaged from within- someone wants her dead.
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Great mystery. First in the Scarpetta books.
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Kay Scarpetta is working on a case where she must use forensic research to solve the case. But the case is being sabotaged and someone wants her dead.
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Good read!
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Patricia Cornwell, is not only a great author who works magic with her words, but a wonderful, charming and intelligent person. In "Postmortem", forensic scientist Kay Scarpetta uses her forensic talent to find leads to the sadist kidnapper. Recommend to anyone.
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love these books
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I started this series because I will soon need something to take the place of JD Robb's Eve Dallas series. I'm not sure this will suffice. The story was ok, and the narration (from the audio book) was ok. It just didn't suck me in and excite me the way other books do. Plus, there were a bunch of 'date stamps' throughout the story. I know it was written a while ago, but it still bugged me to hear about watching a VHS, or the modem for an intranet connection and the constant chain smoking of almost every character. I suppose I was thinking that such a popular series would have been edited and updated by now.

Overall, it's an ok read, but Kay Scarpetta is no Eve Dallas!
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Kay is trying to solve the crime, but someone within is causing problems. This is the first in the series for Patricia Cornwell. Great book, and you don't have to read this series in order to enjoy them.
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The ISBN # was damaged so I went on amazon to find the number, The audio book I have is by Patricia Cornwell and performed by Lindsay Crouse everything else seems to be same.
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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.
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Great suspense/mystery! First of series.
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great book I really enjoyed it.
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I honestly can't say how I liked this book. My late husband loved the Kay Scarpetta novels but I found them a little gruesome. This one concerns "Mr. Nobody", a serial killer apparently.
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I didn't finish this book. I'm tired of how angry and unpleasant these characters have become. I'm also tired of books that want to take me into the author's idea of a psychotic mind. The early books are very good, but I'm through with this author.
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Patricia Cornwell is a great author... or so I've been told. I have read several of her books and I just don't think they are that great. However, Many other people like her and she's selling more books than I am, so I don't feel I have room to complain.
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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 wors: a deliberate campaign by a brillian serial killer--a "Mr. Nobody"--whose signatures offer precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she must call on the latest advances in forensic research to have a chance at unmasking the maniac. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within-and someone wants her dead.
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great book love this author
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Under the leafy cover of night in Richmond, Vitbinia, a human monster moves undetected, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralzyed the city.
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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human mnoster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst; a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabataged from within-and someone wants her dead!!!!