The Last Precinct - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 11 Author:Patricia Cornwell Physically and psychologically bruised by her encounter with the killer Chandonne, Dr Kay Scarpetta has to leave her home in the hands of the police team investigating the attack. She finds shelter with an old friend, Anna Zenner, but it is not the haven of security she needs when she discovers that Anna has been subpoenaed to appear before a Gr... more »and Jury which is investigating Scarpetta for murder.
Kay knows she is being framed and she also knows she can trust no-one. Meanwhile it appears that Chandonne killed a woman in New York before his murderous spree in Virginia, but when Scarpetta looks more closely into that case with the NY prosectuor Jaime Berger, proof of his guilt is far from certain - in fact she begins to believe that he may not be the perpetrator of any of the crimes he is accused of. As she follows the forensic trail to the real killer she gradually realises that someone has been spinning a web for years with the aim of entrapping her.« less
There was a time when you could read a Kay Scarpetta book as a stand alone. Those earlier books by Patricia Cornwell are what brought me to the series and has kept me reading them. Unfortunately, I keep hoping the latest offerings will get back to the wonderul mysteries they once were but they just aren't. Her last few books (this one included) are continuations of previous books or the beginning of what will end up being one story written into three different books. Instead of focusing on the mystery and science of her job, the readers spend most of the book reading conversations between Kay and her friends and seeing Kay becoming more paranoid and a perpetual victim instead of being the brilliant doctor she once was. Reminds me too much of afternoon soap operas.
This book has caused me to stop reading the series. It was the final straw that broke the camel's back in an otherwise mediocre and overly-hyped series.
By page 82, my brain was screaming to my hand to start scraping my eyeballs out with a nearby nail clipper. Don't get me wrong, it's great that the author tries to humanize her lead character by having her talk about "feelings" and "personal issues" (don't get me started on how annoying Lucy is!), but it doesn't need to take up the first 100 pages of the book. I didn't sit down to read a forensic mystery/thriller so I could get in touch with my girly feelings. If I'd wanted to do that, there's other genres I could've picked up to suit that type of mood. This was the type of series that I started reading because I wanted to read about forensics and not about a lead character who is, for the most part, just annoying and having a "heart-to-heart" with her shrink while complaining about her life and how unfair it all is. (Trust us, we know that, that's why we're reading a book to get away from the boring "Days of Our Lives" stuff.) Call me cold and heartless, but I'm not generally feeling in touch with my feminine side when I'm in the mood for a good thriller.
So, sad to say, I did what I rarely do and just couldn't finish the book, though I made it past 100 pages and consider that enough reading to know I didn't like it anymore. My dislike of the lead character in general has over-ridden my interest in continuing on with the series. It's an interest, I should mention, that wasn't that great anyway, because I kept finding problems and plot-holes in most of the books that made me groan in annoyance. It's a bummer, too, because I still had 3 more books I had bought that are going from my TBR pile straight to my release pile. What a waste of money!
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.