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Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Book 22) Kindle Edition
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It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.
In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.
Includes an exclusive excerpt from the riveting next novel in the Kay Scarpetta series, DEPRAVED HEART.--CT Post --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“This is in many ways the best of the recent Scarpetta novels, boasting an involving story and some fine writing. Kay has finally found her voice as a first-person narrator. . . . Readers will give this one an enthusiastic thumbs up.” (Booklist)
“Everyone knows Scarpetta; she has the wit, intelligence, and strength that any forensic sleuth should own. This never-stop action plot is yet another gift to readers from Patricia Cornwell-a literary artist that is never going to stop writing some of the best and most memorable thrillers out there.” (Suspense Magazine)
“Dr. Kay Scarpetta… [is] an awesome force in the field of forensic science.” (New York Times Book Review)
“In her twenty-second Scarpetta novel, Cornwell’s forensic knowhow is still at the cutting edge - even though Scarpetta was the prototype for most of TV’s crack forensic investigators today - and her final scenes are both logical and shocking.” (BBC (UK))
“From its opening pages, Flesh and Blood offers an adrenaline-fueled yet cerebral chase for a serial-killer that opens Scarpetta and her entourage to mortal danger. . . . Another chilling, delicious ride.” (Chapter 16)
“Absorbing.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Readers should be both thrilled and jolted…” (CT Post)
“Cornwell is still the ace of forensic science mysteries. Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her family and friends just keep growing as characters, and Cornwell’s plots are still taut and tangled. . . . With Flesh and Blood, Cornwell is at the top of her game.” (RT Book Reviews)
“What [Cornwell and Scarpetta] continue to have crucially in common . . . is an unslacking commitment to doing their jobs right-getting to the bottom of things, in Scarpetta’s case; providing complexity and depth and suspense and thrills, in Cornwell’s. I should warn you that there’s a cliffhanger ending.” (Sullivan County Democrat) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File Size : 1280 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 385 pages
- Publisher : William Morrow; Unabridged Edition (November 11, 2014)
- Publication Date : November 11, 2014
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ICN2Z78
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,549 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I began reading Flesh and Blood, I could only think of how very elitist, arrogant and egotistical Scarpetta has become.And how Lucy and Benton have both grown so very elusive and taciturn. And I grew so weary of the petty feud between Marino and Machado that I finally just gave up. As authors become more established, their editors must back off. The first one-third of this book is so repetitive, with Scarpetta commenting (to herself or the reader) that Marino is not aware of what is going on. Over and over. I cannot believe a competent editor would pass on it. And Marino's bullish incompetence stretches credulity. Why would anyone employ such an idiot? Yet she praises his investigative skill while she portrays him as a dunderhead.
Cornwell often uses a present tense narrative device as means to create tension and immediacy. In this book, it only creates boredom and confusion. I surely will not buy another Scarpetta/Cornwell novel.
Way too much angst and time spent having the characters doubt each other, it just got tedious. Also, the ending was abrupt and didn't really resolve the tension of the story.
This would be a four or five star rating if the climax and ending weren't so awful. Kay ultimately confronts the antagonist, but you don't find out the how she survived until she relays the story later -- so you don't experience the climactic battle first hand. The resolution isn't satisfying -- there are multiple unresolved threads, personal and professional, and I got the distinct sense Ms. Cornwell just ran out of steam here. Finally, amidst all the non-resolution, Kay and her husband go to bed, she turns out the light..then the last line of the book..."and then I heard it...SNAP". That's it. SNAP what? SNAP, a bomb goes off? SNAP, a reaction to her husband's good night comment? What??? Very confusing and disappointing.
For true Scarpetta fans, I'm sure there is some value here. For me, it's a disappointment.
Top reviews from other countries
What a load of rubbish this book was!
Such a disappointment
I will not be buying any more unless 'someone' tells me that She Is not taking us for granted and is actually writing something interesting.
I always finish any book I read and had to 'fast read this' just to get it over and done with.