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Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9)
Point of Origin - Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9
Author: Patricia Cornwell
A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder. — The fir...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425169865
ISBN-10: 0425169863
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 397
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 629 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Part of the Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner of VA, series. Several of the CSI episodes on TV are based on this series. I say, start at the beginning... check patriciacornwell.com for a list of all the books in the series.
soraidh avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Reading the other reviews I have to laugh. For me this is the first book I can point to where I start saying the series went downhill, and fast! Really didn't like the books.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I would have to say this one is the best she has done.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Not my favorite of the Scarpetta novels, but still entertaining.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is an excellent book of the Kay Scarpetta series.
Always good reading. I have read several and this is a must.
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daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
hunterchick avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) 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.
my2luvsemmyandmally avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 758 more book reviews
Good book but I also have to agree with "daedelys's" review and comments! A lot of that stuff drove me nuts too! I always feel the author should KNOW her story and her characters well and not confuse the reader!
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 27 more book reviews
This was another one of my favorite Scarpetta stories. Fast moving with lots of surprises.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 5 more book reviews
This book is a good mystery; however, it would have been just as effective without the strong language. I put it down several times because of that, but really wanted to see how the "perp" was caught so I finished it. I also enjoyed the references to Virginia since that's my home state.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 298 more book reviews
This author rocks I enjoy all the books by this author this one was another of the greats..I will continue to look for her books.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1598 more book reviews
Wow! This was a great read, you will like the quick pace and all the wonderful cool forensic information that is used in the storyline. You can't miss with any book in the Scarpetta series.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 593 more book reviews
Like all of her books this is a great read with a twist at the end.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
IMADiva avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 43 more book reviews
Kay Scarpetta finds that former nemesis Carrie Grethen has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is involved in a devastating fire which tore through a horse farm, destroying everything it touched. Picking through the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains and the investigation becomes personal when the tragedy strikes close to home when this story comes to a shocking climax.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
hunterchick avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) 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.
daedelys avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was good, but had some things that drove me nuts. Also, my review has spoilers, so don't read on if you don't want to know...

First, Cornwell needs to get her character facts straight. This book refers to Lucy as being only 19 when she worked on CAIN and was involved with Carrie Grethen. But, in "The Body Farm", where this all happened, she was referred to as being 21. Stuff like this drives me nuts when an author doesn't take the time to know their own stories. Especially when I've been reading the books closely together and haven't had time to forget little details like that (it would be better for my sanity--believe me).

Second, I was completely disappointed that Benton was killed off. First, Kay keeps griping that she's not ready to marry the guy and needs her space and that the relationship's not what it was, and then the next thing you know, he's dead. It's like Cornwell didn't know what to do with the relationship and took the easy way out by killing off another one of Scarpetta's lovers.

I'm also not sure if Carrie Grethen is really dead (unless proof shows up in the next book[s]). This book didn't say anything about a body being found in the water, only that Lucy didn't see one. If Grethen had the forethought to know what Lucy would do while in a helicopter, she probably also would've planned for the possibility of the bird she was in going down and probably had SCUBA gear or something. Call me crazy, but I'm just the type of person who doesn't believe a bad guy is dead until there's absolute proof.
hunterchick avatar reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) 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 Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 11 more book reviews
Dr Kay Scarpetta is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder.

I love Patricia Cornwell books and really enjoyed this one.
reviewed Point of Origin (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 9) on + 10 more book reviews
This book does have a cover but the numbers were torn off by the price sticker, so I couldn't find it and it was written as no cover. Great book by the way. A very easy read.


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