Black Notice

Black Notice❰Reading❯ ➺ Black Notice Author Patricia Cornwell – Tbjewellers.co.uk An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean s breadth away from home The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond, Virginia s Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discov An intriguing Dr Kay Scarpetta novel which will take Kay an ocean s breadth away from home The case begins when a cargo ship arriving at Richmond, Virginia s Deep Water Terminal from Belgium is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway The post mortem performed by the Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification But the victim s personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol s headquarters in Lyon, where she receives critical instructions go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission It is a mission that could ruin her career In a story which crosses international borders, Black Notice puts Dr Kay Scarpetta directly in harm s way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk For on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at patricia cornwell.

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, in while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d Aventure prize the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year To date, Cornwell s books have sold some million copies in thirty six languages in over countries She s authored twenty nine New York Times bestsellersPatricia s novels center primarily on medical examiner Kay Scarpetta along with her tech savvy niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino Celebrating years, these characters have grown into an international phenomenon, winning Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development Fox bought the rights to Kay Scarpetta Working with producer Liz Friedman, Marvel s Jessica Jones and fellow Marvel EP and Twilight Saga scribe Melissa Rosenberg to develop the film and find Scarpetta a home on the big screen After earning her degree in English from Davidson College in , she began working at the Charlotte Observer Cornwell received widespread attention and praise for her series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte From the Charlotte Observer, Cornwell moved to a job with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia a post she would later bestow upon the fictional Kay Scarpetta When not writing from her Boston home, Patricia tirelessly researches cutting edge forensic technologies to include in her work Her interests span outside the literary Patricia co founded of the Conservation Scientist Chair at the Harvard University Art Museums She appears as a forensic consultant on CNN and serves as a member of Harvard affiliated McLean Hospital s National Council, where she advocates for psychiatric research She s helped fund the ICU at Cornell s Animal Hospital, the scientific study of a Confederate submarine, the archaeological excavation of Jamestown, and a variety of law enforcement charities Patricia is also committed to funding scholarships and literacy programs Her advice to aspiring authors Start writing And don t take no for an answer Social and Digital Outletshttp patriciacornwell areas of expertise interestsForensics Forensic Technologies Ballistics Weapons Explosives Pathology Autopsies Crime Historical and Unsolved Criminal Cases Jack The Ripper Helicopter Piloting Suba Diving Archaeological Excavation Experience.

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    PDF Reader for the Connected World Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification But the victim s personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol s headquarters in Lyon, where she receives critical instructions go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission It is a mission that could ruin her career In a story which crosses international borders, Black Notice puts Dr Kay Scarpetta directly in harm s way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk For on Patricia Cornwell and her books visit her website at patricia cornwell."/>
  • Paperback
  • 441 pages
  • Black Notice
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • English
  • 26 January 2018
  • 0425175405

10 thoughts on “Black Notice

  1. says:

    Book Review3.5 of 5 stars rounded up due to the topic in the book for Black Notice, the 10th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller and suspense series, written in 1999 by Patricia Cornwell For me, this was a transitional book in the series, not so much from good to bad, but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life If you are still reading the series, or think you will, don t read the next few lines then skip ahead to the next paragraph wBook Review3.5 of 5 stars rounded up due to the topic in the book for Black Notice, the 10th book in the Kay Scarpetta thriller and suspense series, written in 1999 by Patricia Cornwell For me, this was a transitional book in the series, not so much from good to bad, but in the terms of who Kay Scarpetta is and what happens with the people in her life If you are still reading the series, or think you will, don t read the next few lines then skip ahead to the next paragraph where it will be spoiler free SPOILER Kay has lost Benton and she needs to re evaluate her life Knowing what happens later in the books, and thinking about what we learn in this one and the previous one, I really questioned what Cornwell was doing in the series and if it was just too many directional changes SPOILER END So the best part about this book is that there is the possibility of a werewolf No Cornwell didn t delve into fantasy, but there is a disease that could make someone look like a werewolf and that s where we go in this installment Rather than cover the actual details of the story think about the amount of effort and work Cornwell had to put into this book in order to write this story It s highly focused on extreme medical conditions, takes you across the continent, involves shipping procedures, politics, FBI investigations This is not a normal everyday writer s story Cornwell may have a few downs in some of her books, but you can never question her ability to write a good story and to put the effort into surprising her fans She excels in this area, and this book is one of those reasons for me You don t want to stop turning the pages and will end up reading it in one rather long sitting, just to understand what this werewolf thing is all aboutAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators

  2. says:

    If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in quality, this is the one Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place, somewhere in Virginia and consequently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading Then things went south Shifts in narrative, from first person to third person, from book to book, didn t work and were jarring She stretched plot If you ever want a prime example of a book series that has taken a sharp nosedive in quality, this is the one Kay Scarpetta is the chief coroner for some place, somewhere in Virginia and consequently sees her share of unusual murders that need to be solved The early books were clever variations on the procedural genre and are entertaining reading Then things went south Shifts in narrative, from first person to third person, from book to book, didn t work and were jarring She stretched plotlines and subplot lines over books and then wrapped them up in the most head scratching perfunctory way Her niece was ten when she was first introduced in the series and Scarpetta was in her early fifties As her niece ages into her late twenties, Scarpetta pulls a Benjamin Button or Dorian Gray and now seemingly ages backward or not at all.At least Agatha Christie aged her characters normally If she were alive, I m sure she would bitch slap Patricia Cornwell.The one positive constant throughout the books is the character of Marino, a police officer who is mixture of a drunken circus bear, Archie Bunker and Columbo This guy is about as un PC as a character can get and breathes a little corrosive energy into the stale air of the later series.This particular book is an odd one a wolf like guy kills people and the storyline will get stretched over several books like your Christmas sweater You can stretch it out, but it looks like crap when you actually wear it.Sadly, I bought a box of books at a library sale and threw in several Scarpetta books They now clutter my shelves

  3. says:

    The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters My copy doesn t even have any contents or a blurb, just the author s picture covering the back, underlining that she s sold as a must to a certain group of people I guess As predicted, now that Cornwell killed off Benton, he s suddenly muchbeloved and getsspace Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and feeling depressed is now attributed to his loss I will never ever buy another s The best thing about Black Notice are the many white pages between the short chapters My copy doesn t even have any contents or a blurb, just the author s picture covering the back, underlining that she s sold as a must to a certain group of people I guess As predicted, now that Cornwell killed off Benton, he s suddenly muchbeloved and getsspace Kay is exactly the same, but her frequent crying and feeling depressed is now attributed to his loss I will never ever buy another so I skimmed wikipedia with one eye I ll never get to see his resurrection and omg engagement Lucy is exactly the same, ie not really there except in illogical bits of annoying her aunt her relationship with Marino would have been the only interesting one but, as usual, off screen All conversations are monologues of people talking apart from each other, which sadly does not seem to be an intentianal post p p modern statement since Cornwell has never managed dialogue, though if she enhances her incompetences to make them work for her, I guess one has to give her cudos, just don t think the target audience see above even recognises that Everyone is out to harrass and hurt dear Kay, as usual, until in the end she calls in a few favours of her thousands of powerful friends that come out of nowhere, just like the many luxury items she buys in some limbo time I ve tried hard to stop rereading paragraphs to make sense of mistakes, not just in missing sentences or information, but also in contradicting descriptions of place, all theannoying because detailing every move always made up most of Cornwell s novels She still phones up a French restaurant owner at home instead of googling a word, so it s no surprise she skips over to Europe for a bit again.The weird erroneous lecturing this time was about tattoos, where she tries to make a respectable parlor sound like a depraved dark den of perversion, and even then the tattooist comes across as sensible As with e mail, remember that in 1999 tattoos were at their new mainstream height, with every little girl and every run of the mill secretary having one, yet here this renowned crime author says it s only for criminals and gangs.The title is once again misleading and a wasted opportunity, the Black Notice that interpol uses for unknown victims seems as irrelevant as loup garou Instead Cornwell spends the whole first half of the book, at least 200 pages, to rehash how many envious bad people under Kay make her life difficult In the first novel, the backstabbing and politics were just awfully realistic, later they became grating, the pervasive bitterness that is suffered for too long and then always finally handled with a friend in a high place, unsatisfactory in both respects Now it s another set piece she pointlessly repeats, and of Kay s employees bound to be traitors or victims or both.There isoh godding and yay death penalty, but again, just an escalation of her norm Added up, I think she must do some political free lancing since she doesn t do regular work otherwise yet harps on and on about success less people undermining the great.The funniest line of the book was when she shouts again that she just doesn t cry, what with crying all the time.Cornwell had so obviously seen the French films about perverted mishapen murderers shielded by their rich families that I couldn t believe she added nothing at all of herself, just subtracted, less than nothing Interpol and all Europeans are idiots, it needs her flown in via Concorde with the usual useless and unexplained Marino to stipulate what I thought had been obvious from chapter one, ie that the straight human hair found on the scenes signed by werewolf were obviously body hair Duh The second to last incredulous laugh escaped me when she fucks the stunningly beautiful rich young ATF guy with the sculpted body who finds her so beautiful, sucks on her big breasts and is helpless in the face of her sexual expertise She just uses him, but after telling him to leave her alone she then pines for his sexual expertise yeah, what and then he moves to the USA.The last laugh was when she of course lets the killer into her house again Sadly they never succeed The end

  4. says:

    I m starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series The characters are getting harder to like including Kay Scarpetta herself and the plots are just so so We have a bad guy, he kills a lot of people, Marino and Scarpetta go after him, Kay has a brief fling, the killer tries to kill Kay, the end I didn t like the abrupt ending of this book, and I didn t buy Kay s feelings for Tally Two business meetings, a one night stand, and a lovers spat, and suddenly she can t get him off her mi I m starting to be disillusioned with the Scarpetta series The characters are getting harder to like including Kay Scarpetta herself and the plots are just so so We have a bad guy, he kills a lot of people, Marino and Scarpetta go after him, Kay has a brief fling, the killer tries to kill Kay, the end I didn t like the abrupt ending of this book, and I didn t buy Kay s feelings for Tally Two business meetings, a one night stand, and a lovers spat, and suddenly she can t get him off her mind and is desperate to find him Yet nothing ever comes of it It was disappointing I think Cornwall leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and a lot of the plot points dangling I never did get a sense of why this killer kills only that he does, and very violently What happened to Chuck What about Joe And why does Cornwall make a smart woman like Scarpetta so dumb that she keeps letting the bad guy into her house This book kept my attention throughout, but when I finished it, I felt a little cheated It just didn t all add up

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    It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a case of explosive flatulence It doesn t help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive sequence of evil, evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble, studiously moral Kay Scarpetta, who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish, needy judgmental harrida It never ceases to amaze me how Cornwell can spend four hundred pages setting up complex cases and building suspense and then blow it all in the last three pages like a case of explosive flatulence It doesn t help that the narrative arcs of her books all follow the identical repetitive sequence of evil, evil criminals and corrupt bureaucrats gunning for the noble, studiously moral Kay Scarpetta, who spends ninety percent of the time being a complete jackass and pettish, needy judgmental harridan, only to have everyone trip over themselves to defend her at great cost to themselves Cops, ATF agents, senators, Interpol agents, other MEs, they all feel deep and abiding affection for a cold person who has done nothing to deserve such constant and consistent emotional largesse It s ludicrous, exhausting, and, after nine tedious iterations, boring

  6. says:

    Overall 1 5 Dog catching its tail Plot 1 2 5 Good start, but disappointing finish Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container, which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou The Werewolf Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sink.Writting 4 Overall 1 5 Dog catching its tail Plot 1 2 5 Good start, but disappointing finish Kay and Marino come together to solve the mystry behind a unidentified body found in a container, which leads them to France to unreveal a horrible serial killer who calls himself Le Loug Garou The Werewolf Kay is again put down when she choses to flirt and Lucy irritates me that i feel I have reached my limit And the way Marino is treated shows clearly that the series has started to sink.Writting 4 5 Still strong in Forsenic and pathologic details.Heroine 2 5 Kay Scarpetta She thinks she can do anything and cryout Just wanted to say that it does not work all the time I remember in the middle of the series, I really felt for her Now she has really turned into some stranger to me.Villan 1 5 Chandonne loup garou Poor fellow.Description 4 5 Detailed description of each and every event.Violence 5 5 what else did you expect Romance 1 5 I start to think does a women really need to be this of a kind Philosophy 0 5 Nothing useful.Art 1 5 Nothing useful.History 0 5 NoneReferences 2 5 Nothing useful.Humour 1 5 None.Dialogues 3 5 Saves the day.Characters 3 5 No new one, just turning good to bad and bad to worse, and if that is called a twist, I do not accept.Positive Interesting to see Kay moving forward always Negative Really do not understand, why there is so many thing going on and are connected, but has not been well climaxed At points, you feel like the scenes are rushed and should be finished as its already 300 pages and we have hit nothing.Comments Needs some good solid characters, some new and comical ones then and there, just to bring down the very dark atmosphere What I learned from this book Watchout for Loup Garou, no one knows what happened including himslef

  7. says:

    Kay Scarpetta has not handled Benton Wesley s death well She has worked herself into the ground She has distanced herself from her friends and employees She has even started smoking again She is mired in guilt and regret over every unkind word she ever spoke to Benton No, Kay Scarpetta is not handling her grief well at all.Now, just before the second Christmas since Benton s death, Senator Frank Lord, one of Kay s oldest friends and professional confederates, delivers to her a letter from B Kay Scarpetta has not handled Benton Wesley s death well She has worked herself into the ground She has distanced herself from her friends and employees She has even started smoking again She is mired in guilt and regret over every unkind word she ever spoke to Benton No, Kay Scarpetta is not handling her grief well at all.Now, just before the second Christmas since Benton s death, Senator Frank Lord, one of Kay s oldest friends and professional confederates, delivers to her a letter from Benton, a letter he left with Lord specifically for Kay in the event of his death In that letter he asks her to remember their life and love together and believe that he is still somehow able to be aware of her and look after her Then he asks her to metaphorically take his hand and walk with him, through memories, into her new life.Upon reading the letter, Scarpetta loses it completely But even as Senator Lord comforts her, he tells her that he must now distance himself as she has become a political liability to him Lucy refuses to talk to her, not about the letter, not about anything else Marino will not listen to her either, only talking about some decomposed body that has been found in a cargo container unloaded from a Belgian ship at Richmond s port So, feeling abandoned by all and in a frantic attempt to belay the emotional pain, she drives herself to the docks, ready to immerse herself in yet another case.The body of the man in the cargo container has a note with it This note bids farewell to le loup garou, a French phrase that translates as werewolf However, this cryptic note is just one of the increasingly perplexing problems that will confront Kay within the next 24 hours First, when she arrives on scene, there are none of the typical responders present, no CSI people, no ambulance, no recovery team, no one but a lone female rookie detective with a surly attitude Secondly, when Marino arrives at the scene, Kay learns that he is no longer a homicide detective and has been reassigned as a night shift watch commander and, thus, shouldn t be there at all Thirdly, the four months new Deputy Chief, Diane Bray, arrives on scene, oozing power, seduction and entitlement with every step, the epitome of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace Bray makes it clear to Kay that she is responsible for the new protocols at the crime scene and that she has deliberately reassigned Marino so as to break up the professional relationship between Marino and Kay And Bray goads her about Benton s death.Unfortunately, these situations are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg Before she can finish the autopsy on Container Man, Kay discovers that her grief driven blinders have hidden from her several very serious problems that have occurred over the last few weeks in her own office One is the almost daily theft of everything from cell phones to paper clips from theopen areas of the Medical Examiner s Office.Secondly, someone has hijacked Kay s online account information and is posing as her on an Internet medical advice website The advice being disseminated is sarcastic in tone and marginal in truth And it has become an embarrassment to her employees and her superiors.Thirdly, someone has hijacked her office email account and is sending directives to both her employees and her superiors, directives clearly designed to get her in trouble with the media, with the public and with her bosses When the murder of a convenience store operator takes place shortly after finding Container Man and the crime scene contains trace evidence identical to that recovered in the cargo container, Kay fears that an international serial killer is at large in Richmond But,immediately troubling, she finds that Bray has ordered the CSI team to begin processing the clerk s body prior to the arrival of a medical examiner.This action on Bray s part is actually illegal according to Virginia state law and makes any evidence obtained from the body now inadmissible in court When Kay informs Bray that the State Prosecutor s Office will take a very dim view of her illegal actions, the gauntlet is thrown and we know that only one of the two will survive professionally, personally or both.While the mystery that is Container Man is both convoluted and medially unique, it is only the vehicle by which the real purpose for this novel is transported The true focus appears to be the grief and the guilt over Benton s death that is slowly destroying Kay, Marino and Lucy at their very cores In this novel, Benton s death suffuses every page In fact, the first two pages of the book are so emotionally charged that tears would fail to flow from someone only if they were truly made of stone POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW For the third book in a row, Cornwell intimates that Benton s death would beaccurately described with quotation marks around the word, that something is seriously amiss despite the autopsy report While the behavioral symptoms expressed by Kay are primarily those of grief, the behaviors exhibited by Marino and Lucy areexactly attributed to guilt, to the keeping of secrets And those secrets are eating them alive.Everyone who has read Point of Origin knows that both Marino and Lucy disappeared for the entire day on which the remnants of Benton s body were found Every reader knows that Benton deliberately avoided Kay before all three went off the grid.Now, go back to the first page and read Benton s letter again, particularly the last few paragraphs Then go back and read the scene between Marino and Kay in the hotel room in France when Marino brings up the very idea that Benton could be alive, that a cover up could be in place, that she needs to study the autopsy report for errors Maybe the letter was written several years ago Maybe Marino is really trying to help Kay get over her grief by using a type of reverse psychology on her Maybe Lucy is genuine when she repeatedly tells Kay that she needs to find someone else But with all this advice coming back to back now, afterthan a year has passed without any such encouragement, I tend to think Cornwell has written a case of Methinks thou dost protest too much

  8. says:

    This book was exactly what I needed Mystery. excitement..suspense I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time I didn t want to put it down It was not boring in the least There is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence There are dirty cops in high places on the force It s up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta and her watchdog best friend tough detective Captain Marino to get to the bot This book was exactly what I needed Mystery. excitement..suspense I was sitting on the edge of my seat speculating most of the time I didn t want to put it down It was not boring in the least There is an international killer on the loose in Richmond and this killer is leaving behind some strange evidence There are dirty cops in high places on the force It s up to thorough Chief medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta and her watchdog best friend tough detective Captain Marino to get to the bottom of things From Richmond to Florida to Paris..Local police, FBI, ATF, Interpol this is a crime mystery not to be missed I haven t read a full fledged crime mystery in a long while I needed a little excitement in my reading so I decided to jump back into this genre for a little while I really enjoyed the suspense and the sense of constant who done it This is actually book 10 in the Scarpetta series and it s my first book by Patricia Cornwell I like the fact that even though I have never read any of the previous books, I felt as though the author quickly brought me up to speed and the majority of the book was moving forward with only slight reminiscence on the past Being that my first love is actually Historical fiction and I read that because I enjoy learning with my fiction, I was glad that I felt enlightened by the author s expertise in the field of medical examination I learned so much about this field that I knew nothing about So, along with everything that comes along with a crime novel, I also learned something I also liked how the author broke up the seriousness of crime, the rawness of the examinations, the mystery of the investigation with Captain Marino s wry humor He cracked me up on many an occasion and I think it helped attract me to this book Yes I do recommend to my crime, thriller and mystery readers This is a goody Four and a half stars because I usually save five orfor greatest books of all times I will be going straight to the next book NOW

  9. says:

    My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she s read and I found this one in the last batch It s been ages since I ve read a Cornwell Dr Scarpetta book, just long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this one.The mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond The murderer s trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve Meanwhile, it has been one year since her FBI lover My friend periodically gives me bags full of books she s read and I found this one in the last batch It s been ages since I ve read a Cornwell Dr Scarpetta book, just long enough for me to miss them and really enjoy this one.The mystery in this case begins with a decomposing body found in a cargo container that docks in Richmond The murderer s trail will lead Scarpetta and Marino to France and back again and will be very difficult to solve Meanwhile, it has been one year since her FBI lover Benton s death and she has kept herself too busy to grieve, but suddenly a final goodbye letter from him is delivered to her, and she is forced to face up to her grief.In another storyline, her niece Lucy hasn t found a way to grieve Benton s death either and is courting danger as she usually turns to violence to solve problems And if that weren t enough, a sexy looking cop with connections is taking over the police department and threatening to take over the medical examiner s office as well Her name is Bray, and she s determined to get rid of both Marino and Scarpetta You can imagine, if you re familiar with the character, how Marino reacts to this Finally, is there a new love interest for Scarpetta Stay tuned I had almost forgotten how caught up in this series I can get I m back on the Cornwell bandwagon again

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    GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS REVIEW TO READ JUST THE REVIEW FOR THIS NOVEL I m repeating my reviews primarily for readers who haven t read Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series of novels yet First and foremost, this series should be read in sequence to get the most out of them as the characters are tightly connected together After reading book one, Post mortem, starring Kay Scarpetta Pete Marino I was absolutely hooked and I read them back to back as soon as the next in the series was relea GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS REVIEW TO READ JUST THE REVIEW FOR THIS NOVEL I m repeating my reviews primarily for readers who haven t read Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series of novels yet First and foremost, this series should be read in sequence to get the most out of them as the characters are tightly connected together After reading book one, Post mortem, starring Kay Scarpetta Pete Marino I was absolutely hooked and I read them back to back as soon as the next in the series was released It was a favorite series and I enjoyed them immensely So on to this book Once again, the premise for the storyline remains great including a surprising ending Still, Kay Scarpetta s character continues being very depressing Which nearly ruins the book for me It s my understanding that Patricia Cornwell s life in reality is not going well, though I don t know any details, but it is most certainly showing up in her novels, as well It s really too bad because she is a brilliant writer who can spin excellent, twisty, and suspenseful novels

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