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A book by Patricia Cornwell

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Let's start at the very beginning....

  • Feb 8, 2009
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...a very good place to start - except that I've already read two others in the series, namely Predator and From Potter's Field.

The series so far:

Postmortem (1990)
Body of Evidence (1991)
All That Remains (1992)
Cruel and Unusual (1993)
The Body Farm (1994)
From Potter's Field (1995)
Cause of Death (1996)
Unnatural Exposure (1996)
Point of Origin (1998)
Black Notice (1999)
The Last Precinct (2000)
Blow Fly (2003)
Trace (2004)
Predator (2005)

(Book of the Dead is scheduled for Oct 2007.)

Fortunately, there's no need to read them in order, and the reading experience was actually better given that I already knew how some of the characters would be developed in the future.

On its own the book isn't bad for a debut novel, except that it tends to get bogged down in places, the characters don't really come to life until later down the series, and the technology is understandably dated, given the techniques now available. (Naturally, it may have been cutting edge stuff when the book was written, which I took into consideration when reading it)

There's a little more CSI involved than in the ones I've read before (it gets less and less in later books) and the story revolves around a serial killer who eventually gets around to the Chief Medical Examiner. The modus operandi of the killer is suitably gruesome, but for the majority of the book Scarpetta seems to the weakest link as she struggles to hold her own in a world of men.

About the same as "From Potter's Field", but better than "Predator".

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards

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      Wow! I was emotionally on edge from page one of this book! I could not put it down! I couldn't even wait to get to each next page.      I would definately recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and mystery filled with twist after twist. And sense she is a medical examiner, it's got some CSI flare to it.      She is so awesome at describing everything, from her home and what she is cooking for dinner to a brutal …
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ISBN-10: 0743477154
ISBN-13: 978-0743477154
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Pocket (December 30, 2003)
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