-(#14 of the Kay Scarpetta Series)-I am scratching my head wondering why the reviews for this book in Amazon.com are terrible. I thought this was a pretty good book. The characters have new issues to deal with. Marino has become a biker. He works out, wears leather and drives a Harley. Lucy has a tumor on her pituitary gland. She is always on the brink of self destruction and it’s hard to figure out why. Kay and Benton are together but their relationship is strained because he knew about Lucy’s tumor before she did. There are several investigations going on at the same time. Come to find out at the end, they are all related. And there is one killer. A woman. She is a beautiful woman but was sexually and physically abused as a child. This causes her to become psychotic with a disorder called DID. This is similar to split personalities. Cornwell, is getting a little repetitive with her story lines. Again, a member of her staff, a undesirable, is linked to the murder. He is involved with one of the personalities and is feeding the killer info about Kay, Lucy and Marino. There is definitely surprise and suspense in this book. A new word I learned “red herring”. Definitely one in here. “Something that draws attention away from the central issue.” I enjoyed this book and I like the new path Cornwell has taken the characters on. I just hope she doesn’t run out of ideas.
I wanted to love this book. I've always enjoyed the stories of Kay Scarpetta, Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy. Even the premise of PREDATOR intrigued me-- Benton is heading a new program where he studies the brains of volunteer test subjects, mostly convicted felons of heinous crimes. He hopes to find a scientific and physical reason for why people do the things they do, and sets out to find if the molecular make-up or abnormalities of the brain cause people to commit vicious crimes against each other. Sounds good, right?
It could have been a great story. There's a plot, of course, where people are dying, strange events are taking place with related murders that seem random, and where an inmate might hold the key to solving the deaths.
The problem is I wanted to shoot almost each and every character that I've grown to love over the years. Benton Wesley is his same, staid self, and I don't have too many complaints about his behavior in PREDATOR. After all, the guy is back from the dead, and I'm happy about that. Kay Scarpetta, on the other hand, has turned into an alternately brooding/bi**y whiner. Marino is a bad-boy-wannabe who now talks in monosyllables such as "mmm" and "mmm-hmm". And Lucy. Sigh. What the HECK has happened to Lucy? As if it wasn't bad enough that in Cornwell's last book, TRACE, Lucy was involved with a psycho-woman, in PREDATOR she's doing all the stupid things she did last time, except this time her involvement with a physcho-woman might get her killed.
What has happened to my favorite characters? I was eagerly anticipating the release of PREDATOR, only to be so let down that I've decided to wait and rent each new Patricia Cornwell release from the library.
I gave the book three stars for the basic plot, which was interesting. If I had to rate the behavior of the characters, it would be in the negatives.
Pedator is the terrifying new Dr. Kay Scarpette novel from America's number-one-bestselling crime writer. Scarpetta, now feelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a care more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminal mind. She and her team--Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and her niece Lucy--track the odd connections between several horrific crimes and the people who are the likely suspects.
Currently 4/5 Stars.
Rusty B. reviewed Predator (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 14) on
1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Another great book by Cornwell.
The characters of Lucy, Pete and Scarpetta definitely have grown together after being on the same ravaged psychological road.
After I finish it...will very likely relist it so someone else can enjoy it!
This book is one of the better Kay Scarpetta books, if you have read all of the previous ones. It is a great page turner, and has some real in depth characater work. However, if you have not read the previous books, a lot of the subplots including Benton, Kay, Lucy and Marino will be missed. An excellent and fast read!
This wasn't my favorite Scarpetta novel but it is still worth the read. Marino, Kay, Benton and Lucy are like old friends that I haven't heard from in awhile. When a new novel is released, I can't wait to catch up with them. My mental image of Marino was changed in this one. He's working out! I always picture him a dishelved mess!
A slightly disjointed book. Tales of kidnapping, torure and murder, against a background of research. She needs to put back the forensic tid-bits that made her books interesting. The good Dr. is becoming a detective instead of an ME..
All the favorite Kay Scarpetta characters are back, tracking odd connections between numerous murders. Are the crimes related? Can a psychopath behind bars be providing tips that are real? Can studying his brain help the crew solve horrific crimes? Good read.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowboundBoston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team-Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli-to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now. Predator is proof once again that Patricia Cornwell has few peers with her extraordinary ability to entertain and enthrall.
Predator is the terrifying new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel from America's number-one-bestselling crime writer.
Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has producted not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminial mind.
I must have missed a book somewhere in the Scarpetta series... suddenly everyone is working at Lucy's forensic academy and Marino has a totally different physical description and personality. It felt very disjointed
I thought that this was by far the worst book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Some parts of the plot don't make sense and others should have been left out entirely. I almost stopped reading, but kept going since I thought it would get better based on previous reviews.
I have always enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta series books by Cornwell, but this book was a exception. I had to force myself to finish it..was a very..very.. slow read. I had the feeling after finishing this book it could have been a blockbuster hit had someone edited it and rearranged the way it was written and inserted in many areas. Definately not as good as her previous books and was very disappointed in it.
Having read all of the Scarpetta novels, I found this one took a bit of time to get into. The first 100 or so pages are unconnected to each other, but after that, the plot takes off and the threads are connected. Not as much of a thriller as previous books.