Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel (Unabridged)
by Patricia Cornwell
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In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Kay Scarpetta's past merges with the high-tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa. Now, more than 20 years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy - a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector. As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta's new Cambridge home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked insider the Center's cooler. Various 3-D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen. These suggest the possibility of a conspiracy to cause mass casualties. She realizes that she is fighting a cunning and cruel enemy that is invisible as she races against time to discover who and why before more people die. In Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels, and we welcome a voice we haven't heard in years. The point of view is Scarpetta's - this is her story.
Scarpetta is hormonal as hell.
I've been a huge fan since before Kay morphed into Scarpetta and I've gotten into the cyber tech psych thrillers as Cornwalls writing grows and stretches over the years. Scarpetta's moodiness and paranoia is so intense in this book I'm ready to put her on Prozac and the usual stress with Benton's secret life has maybe finally gotten to her.Enough already! I say get back to the fast paced forensic packed mystery super woman we fell in love with and get rid of this self absorbed menopausal Scarpetta stat!
I have been an avid fan of the Kay Scarpetta novels from the word go...This however may be the last one i ever listen to,or read...Essentially a whining monologue by Cornwell as Scarpetta...."Poor me,my life is so hard...there's noone i can fully trust and it's just not fair"..What a pile of sniveling nonsense.If this is really Scarpetta from the inside out I pity the woman/character. Enough of the confessional..back to the basics...Engaging books with engaging characters......no more,"I need my mommy"
I am really trying to get into this one. I have been reading Cornwell books since before they were popular. The last few years via audiobooks.
My problem focus is the narrator. I usually love Kate Burton, but her reading of this book is not good, at least to my ears. I can hardly differentiate between characters... Lucy's "voice" is just not in character. I fully expected there to be many review comments about the narration. Marino and Bentley voices are so weak and "female". It's hard for me to opine about the book "story" itself as I still am unable to get beyond the character voices. Please return to the prior style!