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The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5)
The Body Farm - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684195971
ISBN-10: 0684195976
Publication Date: 9/12/1994
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 161 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Hardcover
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daedelys avatar reviewed The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
So far, this series is getting better with each book as the author progressing in her writing. But, she does need to work on factoid-typos, because in the previous book, her niece was only seventeen. In this one, she's now 21, even though the killer who escaped in the previous book was mentioned as having gone on his spree only 2 years prior. So, either Gault (the killer) went on a 2nd killing spree, or 4 years have actually passed. I wish the author would be consistent, because when a person's reading books back-to-back within a day of each other, things like this get noticed.

As for the drama involving her niece, it's a amazing that a girl who is so smart can be so stupid. It's a little over-dramatic at times, but I suppose it does make for a good side story.

The killer in this one becomes fairly obvious early on, but the fact that they die with Scarpetta in the room is getting redundant for a climactic ending. Especially with the way it's done. The ending just felt rushed, as there was a lot of things happening in a short period of time. The "bad guy" last stand was just a bit too much. The hasty ending makes the reader feel a bit robbed after the rest of the book had been done well and was very interesting.
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snewcomb avatar reviewed The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5) on + 2 more book reviews
Very good read. Very graphic and a bit disturbing.
hunterchick avatar reviewed The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5) on + 78 more book reviews
Patricia Cornwells Kay Scarpetta is a character who becomes addicting. Smart, Funny, brave, and tough she is a character who sticks with you, and you will find yourself wanting to read the whole series. Chapters are on the shorter side so the book is easier to digest.
reviewed The Body Farm (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 5) on + 68 more book reviews
A puzling and terrifying crime occurs in North Carolina. A child is murdered. Forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta investigates. I liked this book.