Kay Scarpetta is starting over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina. And the death of a sixteen-year-old tennis star will usher in a string of murders more baffling—and terrifying—than any that have come before.
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I thought Predator was bad. This book reaches new lows. Cornwell's characters are, if anything, more disturbed and obnoxious than ever. I want to smack Lucy, shoot Marino, and shake Kay till her teeth rattle. Murders are thrown in willy-nilly, almost as if she ran out of plot so she introduced another one but not in any sort of chronological order. The parts written from the killer's perspective are so confuddled you don't know which murder he's committing, or why, and you don't really care. Plenty of extraneous characters who contribute nothing to the plot. The return of the god-awful Dr. Self - could we just murder her already? And a new annoying device - instead of telling us how the investigation proceeds, she has two characters talk about it, after the fact, in dialogue that goes on for so many pages, with so few identifying marks that you lose track of who's supposed to be talking.
Cornwell used to be a great author, and I loved her earlier books. But she seems to...
I have read every book in the Scarpetta series in order and this book, without a doubt, is the worst book Cornwell has written to date. I have been disappointed with the last few books in this series, but this one I did not even finish. It actually became painful to continue to turn the page. I truly believe someone else wrote this book. The way it was written wasn't in the style of the first books in this series. It was disjointed and rambled on and on and on with endless boring dialog. And enough already with Lucy and her ridiculous exploits! She is no longer a believable character and Marino is fastly approaching the same. Benton has become a babbling baboon. Kill him off for good and put him out of his and our misery!! Come on Miss Cornwell, give your fans what they want. A good old murder or two and the cutting edge forensics and lay off the psycho-babble. Please listen to your fans, we want the kind of writing and stories that got us hooked on your books in the first...
That she had to conform to that jaded subset of readers who insist that all characters in a book (including the starring cast) must be screwed up in a big way? That if you wtite about crime, there aren't supposed to be good guys or bad guys per se--that it's supposed to be dysfunctional character(s) versus other dysfunctional character(s)? Or the aforementioneed subset of spoiled brats with mama's library card will get boo-oo-ored (sob-sob), which today is considered more an act of war than an actual act of aggression against some people. Has everything today been taken over by these overage adolescents? In deference to this bunch's wishes, it seems that Cornwell has moved Kay Scarpetta & Co move more in the direction of dysfunctionality in every book she puts out. In this book, we've got a young tennis phenom who has been murdered in a quasi-subhuman way that nowadays we're "s'pozed ta" see as "a cry of help" from some sicko. Also in the mix is a pretentious and hateful TV pop-shrink...
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