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Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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Praise for Chaos: “Thrilling…. Readers new to Cornwell will find themselves involved from the very first page, as will the veterans. Chaos is one book you should not miss.” (Bookreporter.com)
“Lots of cutting-edge forensic detail and some revelatory character moments.” (Publishers Weekly on Chaos)
“Patricia Cornwell has created characters with real emotions and life experiences, and she provides them with more than enough danger to make things interesting. Dr. Scarpetta has become a good friend.” (MysteryPlayground.net on Chaos)
“[An] absorbing thriller.” (Blackfive.net on Chaos)
“There is a quiet intensity to Ms. Cornwell’s writing that compels you to read, then the eeriness sets in. . . . With CHAOS, once again Patricia Cornwell mesmerizes with her astounding scientific knowledge, her keen ear for dialogue and the human psyche, all woven together flawlessly.” (FreshFiction.com on Chaos)
“While Scarpetta’s character has flaws, she is still a powerful female protagonist and she offers the reader an amazing calculating approach to investigation. I am always amazed at the passion that she has for her position. . . . A fast engaging read.” (Dad of Divas Reviews on Chaos)
From the Back Cover
On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino, respond to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.
Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case and even be interested? With breathtaking speed it becomes apparent that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.
Stunningly, even her brilliant tech-savvy niece, Lucy, can’t trace who it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside their family would have. When a second death hundreds of miles south shocks Scarpetta to her core, she and those close to her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imagined. Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.
In this latest installment in the bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell shows us once again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime writer, mistress of the shocking turns, delicious thrills, and state-of-the-art forensic details that all fans of suspense have come to love.
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Top Customer Reviews
My overall experience with this book was one of constantly feeling like a great, addictive story was somewhere just out of reach, interspersed wtih being either bored by the repetition or jarred out of the narrative by what I felt were the author's personal obsessions rather than points of character development.
I kept hoping she could break through and get to the story, but everything just bogged down and in the end, reading this was very much like experiencing the crushingly oppressive heat that she endlessly described throughout the book.
She was a great writer who provided me with many happy hours of reading in the past, and I will really miss her books. But I'm not willing to pay the premium price expected for 'book by a well-known author' for the kind of writing I experienced in 'Chaos'. It honestly saddens me to give this one star, but I just can't give it more than that.
Lucy, Kay's niece is back. But her role is small. Police Investigator, Pete is back. He's as mean and annoying as ever. It's getting old and predictable Dorothy, Kay's sister and Lucy's mother pays a visit and has a significant role in "Chaos". Carrie Gretchen, a major character from previous books is back and is as cruel as ever. Colonel Briggs briefly makes a return.
"Chaos" opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman, in a park, at Harvard University. Cause of death is mystery. A mysterious phone call is made to 911, about "an incident in the park". Marino receives a strange call. Caller says he is from Interpol and mentions the "incident in the park". Meanwhile, Kay is receiving strange emails with voice recordings. The sender identifies himself as "Tailend Charlie". He knows a wealth of private information about Kay and her family. Lucy tires to find out who he is. Also, someone observes Kay and Bryce, her Chief of Staff, having an argument, and makes a 911 call.
We learn what Dorothy and Kay were like as kids. We learn of Kay's twisted relationship with Dorothy. Kay nicknamed Dorothy, "Sister Twisted". Pete Marino and Dorothy hook up together. Kay and Lucy are against their relationship. We lean the identity of the girl in the park. A major character dies.
It about the 92% mark, a powerful character makes a return visit. There is one scene that contains a surprise, as to the identity of Desi, Lucy;s adopted son.
As "Chaos" builds to a close, Cornwell answers many questions and ties everything together for the reader. Nothing exciting here.
This is not one of Patricia Cornwell's best Scarpetta books. Fans of the series will be disappointed. I cannot recommend "Chaos" to you today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could use a little less self-psychoanalysis and more about the forensics but still a very good read.