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Predator: Scarpetta (Book 14) Paperback – January 3, 2012
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“Sensationally plotted, with a twist at the end that will leave you gasping for breath.”—The Daily Express (U.K.)
“A fine psychological thriller…recalls the work of writers like Minette Walters or Thomas Harris.”—The Denver Post
“[Readers] will find themselves entertained and surprised by the ending.”—The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL)
“There is a steely authority to the prose.”—The Independent (London)
“Cornwell and her original heroine Kay Scarpetta are both back in top form.”—Birmingham Post
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell is considered one of the world's bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990 with Postmortem—the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. Ms. Cornwell's work is translated into 36 languages across more than 120 countries.
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As I began reading, I began to wonder who wrote this book. Everything was off: tone, style, characterization. Even as I finished it, I was still not convinced that this was Patricia Cornwell's work.
Speaking of characterization.... PC did kinda sorta tone down her rhapsodic deificat6ion of Scarpetta that was so cloying in her last novel, Trace. It's still obvious that she's hopelessly in love with her creation, but I found her treatment of Scarpetta to be easier to take in Predator.
PC certainly subscribes to the theory that "conflict drives drama." However, the interpersonal conflicts she's created among Scarpetta, Marino, Lucy, and Wesley are approaching a degree of painfulness that's making it all a little hard to take. It would seem to me that a good old murder mystery would be quite enough conflict. In Predator, the murder mystery is virtually eclipsed by all the angst in Scarpetta & Co.