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Predator
 
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Predator [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Patricia Cornwell (Author), Kate Reading (Narrator)
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)

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Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team, Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli, to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.
©2005 Cornwell Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2005 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 51 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: November 14, 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000CC3MFG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
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511 of 532 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing November 2, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I've been reading Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels on and off for some time now. There was a time when these stories were innovative, and even groundbreaking in their introduction of the strong female lead into the serial killer, suspense genre. But something happened along the way. I don't know if Cornwell changed her story lines for her own reasons or due to bad advice, but rather than forensic suspense the stories turned into adventures in dysfunctional families. Scarpetta became a flaming codependent trying to mother Lucy, whose goal in life was staying in trouble. And Pete Marino, never the most likeable of characters became increasingly large, loud and obnoxious. To put it bluntly, the killers were often the most attractive characters in the stories.

Cornwell long ago fell off my 'buy in hardback' list. But when I picked up Predator the blurb sounded pretty good, and I decided to give Cornwell another try. The story finds Kay Scarpetta, Pete Marino, and a whole cast of crimestoppers working at the National Forensic Academy, the institute Lucy created so that she could work as a free agent. All isn't well at the Academy, strange events and thefts are interspersed with intense personality conflicts and mistrust until it is obvious that a crisis is brewing.

In the meantime a subtle series of deaths and disappearances come to light that seem to link Basil Jenrette, an imprisoned serial killer who has become the subject of Benton Wesley's research into the deviant mind, with killers down in Florida where the academy is. The connections surface painstakingly slowly after in depth forensic work. This is the formula which made Cornwell a success, and I hoped for a return to the Scarpetta of the early stories.

Unfortunately, that was not to be.
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263 of 285 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good effort October 30, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Any Cornwell work is better than some other books, but...

I have NEVER liked the way Marino has been handled in the entire series - now he is like a caricature- before he was street wise liasion to Scarpetta, then he blew up to a large smoking drinking person who had health problems, and now he is aloof big muscle bound biker guy who is at odds with Scarpetta and knows something funny is going on with the misinformation -

The series and this novel does not have the BITE it did - if you would reread the first books that made a wave in the thriller genre you will understand what I mean.

We've gone through a lot with the regulars of this series - they have not progressed in the way the folks who pay hardback prices would like. Not so sure I will pay hardback prices again for this series again. and that's sad.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Longing for the Good Old Days? May 7, 2006
By LBC
Format:Hardcover
Do you long for the days when Scarpetta lived in a gorgeous house, which she designed and which was described in intimate detail to the reader? Do you miss imagining the smells of the fabulous meals she would prepare in her gourmet kitchen? Ever think back fondly to the time when Lucy was a totally kick ass cop, who just happened to be a lesbian but that was really a side story and not very important? And it was only mentioned when the story required an explanation of how she came to shoot her first lover? And she had normal love relationships like most people do, they just happened to be with women? And Benton was dashing and a workaholic like Scarpetta, and Marino was a salvagable sad sack but basically a good guy? And there could be animals that could walk through scenes and not be gratuitously tortured and killed just to show us that sociopaths pick animal victims as well as human victims?

Oh, yes. Yes I do.

You don't want to read her books if you miss that stuff. If, on the other hand, you like to see the world as a place where nobody can be trusted and people in power dream of necrophilia and everybody argues and makes bad choices in their lives and the descriptions of Italian food cooking are replaced by detailed accounts of the smells of bloated dead bodies, have I got a book for you...

It's just too much. I'm no stranger to the world that Scarpetta lives in. After 19 years in paramedicine I've seen alot of that stuff, but even I am sick of reading about it.

It's almost enough to make a person turn to Harlequin romances.

This book was more uneven than the others, with subplots that fizzled out and so much jumping from scene to scene that I lost track of who was who. Yuck.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No sign of improvement June 6, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I remember loving the early Scarpetta books. Flanked by an array of interesting characters, she was definitely front and center in every story (as was proven by the fact that the books were written in the first person). She was a capable medical examiner, but also a skilled cook (Cornwell's delicious descriptions of Kay's Italian recipes in her gourmet kitchen were so vivid, you could almost smell the food), and a woman with a sense of humor. She and her sidekicks (Marino, Lucy, Benton, etc.), though surrounded by tragedy and death, did have happy moments, and were capable of being happy at times.

Then something happened a couple of books ago: after a tired plotline about a European "werewolf" which spanned a couple of books, the point of view changed to third person, the story became much more of an ensemble cast with Scarpetta as one of the characters, and everything became permeated by a depressing, unhappy, dreary atmosphere that sucked the happiness out of the characters, and turned them into automatons who did nothing else but work, argue, and deal with death. Gone was any "off-time", sense of humor, or even sense of hope. Gone was also any sense of realism, as every new books showed Lucy's fortune more and more outlandish with mansions, academies, motorcycles, helicopters, improbable stunts and toys of all kinds.

This time we're asked to believe Lucy's fortune has started a private "academy" that supports police investigation. But what happened to Lucy's previous endeavors, The Last Precinct? What about other characters present in the previous book that have been dropped without so much as a mention?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a great read!
Published 9 days ago by Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Had a little trouble following the plot but overall enjoyed the book.
Published 9 days ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 11 days ago by Richard M. Bane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love ME Kay Scarpetta! Patricia Cornwell is always a good read!
Published 14 days ago by Kelly Marshall
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Published 17 days ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put down
You can not go wrong in any of Patricia Cornwell novels, they have everything, mystery, murder, suspense, twists and turns, surprises, romance, great detail, fabulous story line... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Prey to Predator
I loved the short chapters. Seeing Scarpetta, Lucy, Marino, and Benson, hearing their voices, laughing at some of their exchanges. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D.Beyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not one of her better written Scarpetta novels. I had to work to finish this one.
Published 1 month ago by donna j polagye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy all of Paticia Cornwell's books.
Published 2 months ago by Nanette Hickenbotham
4.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Able To Sleep Tonight!
Dr. Scarpetta keeps you on your toes as she does her medical examiner work and tells about it in graphic detail. A compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 2 months ago by Sue Swinger-ellbogen
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