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Blow Fly

Scarpetta - A Scarpetta Novel

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Description

Readers are in for the shock of Kay Scarpetta's life.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 06, 2003 – "Please don't go there. The past is the past," sighs New York Assistant District Attorney Jaime Berger, who herself was introduced in Cornwell's last Kay Scarpetta novel, The Last Precinct (2000). Alas, many of Cornwell's fans are bound to agree. One fascinating nonfiction bestseller (Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed) later, Cornwell now returns to Scarpetta, formerly Virginia's chief medical examiner. From the start, however, the formidable author is up against the equally formidable task of getting her charismatic main character off ice and back in action. We encounter Scarpetta languishing in a crumbling little rental house in Florida. She has taken refuge there and become a private forensic consultant after she was driven from her job for her alleged involvement in the murder of a deputy police chief. The violent death of her lover, Benton Wesley, the brilliant FBI psychological profiler, has left her filled with an unappeasable grief. When the coroner in Baton Rouge asks her advice on a cold case concerning an affluent woman found dead of a drug overdose in a seedy hotel, it seems little more than a diversion. Yet it becomes clear that the overdose may be related to a fresh string of serial killings. Also disturbing Scarpetta's somber peace is a troubling letter from someone out to kill her, the sick and obsessed death-row inmate Jean-Baptiste. When Scarpetta is at last allowed to get back to business, she is a feisty, independent powerhouse whose capacity to concentrate and observe rivals Sherlock Holmes's. But too much of this book is bound up in retrospective musings about events in previous books. The great Scarpetta, her fiery crime-busting niece, Lucy, and a colorful supporting cast deserve better. 1,000,000 first printing; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club nd Mystery Guild main selections; foreign sales to Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Spain and the U.K..

Customer Reviews

Great book!!!!

Left me hanging. What's next?

Scarpetta the Witch

The book is fair. If it was your intention to make everyone hate Scarpetta by the end of the second chapter, congratulations: you have succeeded mightily. My dislike for her has grown with each book, but within the first two chapters of this book you've managed to take that dislike to new heights. I only hope that you do not possess any of her "characteristics", except maybe her cooking abilities. Even though I do not like the main character and never have, I do enjoy most of the other characters most of the time and that is why I have continued to read this series. The one thing I do not understand is how the age gap between Lucy and Scarpetta keeps getting smaller and smaller. All of the discrepancies with the ages of the main characters are quite confusing and annoying. I realize you have every right to write them as you wish, but Scarpetta should be in her 70's with regards to the latest book.

Blow Fly

A little disappointed in some of the ranting was hard to keep strait so therefor a hard to follow. The ending is disappointing unless there is a sequel that lets the reader know the little boy is safe. Is there

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 13, 2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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