Book Reviews of Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4)

Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4)
Cruel Unusual - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 4
Author: Patricia Cornwell
ISBN-13: 9780380718344
ISBN-10: 0380718340
Publication Date: 5/1/1994
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 643 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Another page-turner by Cornwell, featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner.
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This is the 4th book in the Scarpetta series...a must read!
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"Engrossing...An extremely effective novel of suspense, in all its varieties...Conrwell embroils Kay Scarpettia in agrisly case involing a recently executed murderer whose fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene...Cornwell's sleuth is the best in the business"--Entertainment Weekly
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Great book - very intense.
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about a recently executed murderer whose fingerprints show up at a crime scene.
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!
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I love Dr Scarpetta!
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I am not much of a Patricia Cornwell fan but this is really a good book.
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Not my favorite Patricia Cornwell, but a worthy read anyway.
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Great read!
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I can read the Scarpetta books over and over. They're kind of like your favorite snack food that you never overdo.
This one's a good one.
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"The brutally wounded body of a thirteen year old boy is propped up against a dumpster, and the only fingerprint found on the scene belonged to Joe Wadell, a recently excuted criminal....." Good Reading. DG
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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 feeling, but Scarpetta has been here before. And Waddell's death is not the only newsworthy event on this freezing night: the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. To Scarpetta the two cases seem unrelated, until she recalls that the body of Waddell's victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position ...
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This book is a good read, especially if you like Patricia Cornwell or crime thrillers.
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Good mystery. Hard to put down.
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The brutally wounded body of a 13-year old boy is left propped up against a dumpster, and the only fingerprint found on the scene belongs to Joe Waddell, a recently executed criminal. Dr. Kay Scarpetta and police Lieutenant Pete Marino are puzzled by the crime and strikingly similar M.O. to Waddell's victim. Then when a murder occurs implicating Kay as a suspect, she and Marino investigate before this unseen enemy destroys Kay.
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all her books are excellent reading
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Another Dr Scarpetta forensic thriller. An executed murderer's fingerprints turn up at a new grisly crime sceen.
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An early Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery. Your attention never lags. Excellent thriller.
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good stuff!
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Kay Scarpetta is involved in a case where a recently executed murderer's fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene.
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One of the first in her Kay series and they are all great. I love that the main character is a woman and she is a normal woman. she has feelings and emotions, and definitely professional
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I love the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. This was one of the earlier ones and one that kept me reading. I couldn't put it down.
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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.
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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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kept me guessing till the end.
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This was pretty good.
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I liked it alot
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One of my favorite writers!
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"AN INTRIGUING PUZZLER... The most intricately
plotted and fully characterized novel yet in
Cornwell's admirable series."
Publishers Weekly
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Classic Cornwell - chilling, riveting and utterly convincing.
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great mystery book
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Excellent Book!!!
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scarpetta is preparing to do a post mortem on a murder being sentanced to death in the electric chair, however there is another post mortem to do, one that is very similar to the way the man on death row killed. Is it related? is it a copycat or is the wrong man on death row?
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I thought it was good. Well written. I love Cornwells books.
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AWESOME READ!!!!!
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Awesome book!!
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This is such a wonderful puzzle and mystery - it's fun to try to figure it out.
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A very good suspense/thriller mystery.
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This is one of The Kay Scarpetta series books and an excellent read. I love this series of books. I tend to migrate towards series, since I like to follow characters. Cornwell does a great job of creating new stories while making the characters evolve in a natural way through their lives and relationships.
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I haven't read this book in YEARS but it has always stood out as one of the best thrillers I ever had the privilege of reading..... wonderful reading!!!
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great book!
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great crime fiction...
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As always Cornwell is thorough and compelling in her Kay Scarpetta mystery.
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I just LOVE cornwell's books with Kay Scarpetta. Lots of good stuff in the morgue!
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In this fourth Kay Scarpetta mystery, the chief medical examiner for the state of Virginia is once again challenged by gruesome murder and confusing evidence. How could the fingerprints of Ronnie Joe Waddell appear at the scene of a murdered psychic after Waddell was executed in the electric chair? In the midst of many puzzling matters come other difficult issues to confront Kay as she tries to do her job. She becomes the object of hysterical media attention, and finds that she herself might be indicted for the very crimes she is trying to solve. Someone is sabotaging her efforts by hacking into her computer files and leaking information. Exasperated, she calls upon her niece, Lucy, a 17-year-old computer whiz, whom readers will remember from earlier "Scarpetta" novels. Along with FBI agent Benton Wesley and police chum Pete Marino, Lucy helps Kay solve the murders and ferret out the traitor in her office. YAs will enjoy the teen's angst and the exciting twist at the book's end.
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One of her best! I loved it.
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Good Mystery!
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Kay rocks! Love the forensic anthropology, written before the days of CSI!
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well written. engaging main character.
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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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Love the Kay Scarpetta ones. Very good
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excellent as usual. Keeps you interested and in suspense
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gripping
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Love her, and all the Scarpetta books. Great series.
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Excellent book, you can't miss with a Kay Scarpetta book, they grab you from the beginning and take you for a great thrill ride. A great read.
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Another good Scarpetta mystery.
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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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Dr Kay Scarpetta has a Case involving a recently executed murderer whose fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene. PB 407 pp's
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Good book.
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#1 Ny Times Bestselling author who writes great murder mysteries. A 1st rate thriller, taught and terrifying as Silence of the Lambs. Chief Medical Examiner must unravel the case. Engrossing, chilling, riveting, a knockout is how the book has been described. Patricia Cornwell's first books were outstanding--somewhere along the line toward the most recent books her writing changed and fell apart, but the earliest books in this series are GREAT. She used to be one of my favorite authors I looked forward to--
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Gotta love the Kay Scarpetta mysteries.