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Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson: Author One-on-One
In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson and asked them to interview each other. Find out what two of the top authors of their genres have to say about their characters, writing process, and more.
James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of two of the most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club, and he also writes nonfiction and The Maximum Ride series for young readers. Read on to see James Patterson's questions for Patricia Cornwell, or turn the tables to see what Cornwell asked Patterson.
Patterson: Here's a chance to say all the great things the critics would about The Scarpetta Factor, if there were any newspapers left that still reviewed books. Or, as they say in the TV interviews: Tell us about this one, Patricia.
Cornwell: As was true in the last book (Scarpetta), the new one is set in New York City, and it begins with Kay Scarpetta working on the autopsy of a young woman who presumably was murdered the night before in Central Park. While the apparent circumstances of the violent crime say one thing, the body is telling Scarpetta a very different and incredibly disturbing story that causes the prosecutor, the police, other officials, and even Scarpetta's friends and colleagues, to wonder if she's making mistakes or has begun to believe her own legend. While others are questioning and criticizing her, she begins to doubt herself and her decision to be the senior forensic analyst for CNN—an exposure that possibly leads to her BlackBerry disappearing and a suspicious package being left for her at her apartment building. As the intrigue unfolds, the past is no longer past, and she is soon faced with an old nemesis who threatens to be her final undoing.Patterson: This book is set in New York again—what do you like about the Big City? What don't you like?
totally dragged out long and boring no real story line author contradicts what she herself says throughout the book....horrible will not be reading anymore of her novels...none of the characters we likeable....dont waste your time!!!
Disappointed...I hardly ever stop reading books in the middle, but this was a bummer. Hope Patricia Cornwell goes back to her beginningsPublished 9 days ago by redz74
An uphill battle against a confused plot and two dimensional characters all of whom bring complicated and largely irrelevant back stories to the table. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Avidreader
Like most of her books, Cornwell really keeps one in suspense right up to the end! This one doesn't end the way you think it's going to almost to the very end.Published 13 days ago by Chocolat
Fragmented storyline. Predictable ending with little suspense. Characters could have been better described with more time spent on back story description.Published 14 days ago by Patricia A. Mador
It was great to get filled in on the back story of the main characters. This hasn't happened for while at least not as in depth. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Hala Dajani
Easy read that kept you guessing along the way. Nicely tide the loose ends together so you could enjoy the novelPublished 22 days ago by PK
This book is good, as all of Patricia Cornewell's books have been. For me, it lacked the excitement that I usually find in her writing; the conflict between the two main male... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Rocki