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Cornwell, a former reporter who has worked in a medical examiner's office, sets her first mystery in Richmond, Va. Chief medical officer for the commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the narrator, dwells on her efforts to identify "Mr. Nobody," the strangler of young women. The doctor devotes days and nights to gathering computer data and forensic clues to the killer, although she's hampered by male officials anxious to prove themselves superior to a woman. Predictably, Scarpetta's toil pays off, but not before the strangler attacks her; a reformed male chauvinist, conveniently nearby, saves her. Although readers may be naturally disposed to admire Scarpetta and find the novel's scientific aspect interesting, they are likely to be put off by her self-aggrandizement and interminable complaints, annoying flaws in an otherwise promising debut.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This award-winning novel based on Richmond's real-life "South Side Strangler" case introduced Virginia's chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, and launched Cornwell's career. Narrator Lorelei King generally has a pleasant reading voice and uses good pacing to build suspense. However, this is not a successful merger of book and reader for American ears. Listeners may be confused to hear that Kay wears "cocky" (khaki), for instance, and accenting the second syllable of such words as modem and condom distract the listener from the story. Furthermore, the voices of supporting characters (such as Marino, a "stoopid" New Jersey cop, and Lucy, a fussy Southern child) are stereotypical. Fortunately, an unabridged version of Postmortem is available from several other producers, including Recorded Books (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/94). Not recommended.?Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Williamsburg, Va.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An amazing book with complex story line, fascinating characters and the medical detail is extremely interesting and clear. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Lynne B
Quick easy read. Mostly entertaining. I found her red herrings a little two red and obvious for me to have considered them seriously. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Archetype
I enjoyed the read. There were a few issues that were probably more the editor than the writer. This was my third Cornwell book and there will be a forth.Published 4 days ago by Charlie R Chisholm
Whatever Ms. Cornwell writes I love. She is a talented author with the gift os supense and surprise. I have every book she has written so far, even the cookbook. :)Published 5 days ago by RedFingerNails
I'm a big Patricia Cornwell fan. It's a great series. I'm re-reading it for the second time!Published 7 days ago by Lisa A Keeling
Another great Scarpetta mystery. I enjoy all her books because they keep you guessing until the end. Patricia Cromwell is a great writer.Published 10 days ago by Toots
I just read this book although it was written almost two decades ago. The author's very first novel. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Johnny B
Like her , book is believable from a medical stand point and is action packed. She is remarkable and believes Lee in her rolePublished 14 days ago by Evelyn Fink