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Black Notice: Scarpetta (Book 10) Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Remains were all that was left of the stowaway. He arrived in Richmond’s Deep Water Terminal—the ghastly cargo of a ship from Belgium. The decomposed body gives Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta no clues to its identity—or the cause of death. But an odd tattoo soon leads her on an international search to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France—and towards a confrontation with one of the most savage killers of her career...
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“Brainteasing…[a] hair-raising tale with a French twist.”—People
“The author’s darkest and perhaps best.”—San Francisco Examiner
“When [Scarpetta’s] in one of her cut-’em-up moods, you want to follow her anywhere…a series that keeps picking up velocity.”—The New York Times
“The forensic sequences boom with authority; the brief action sequences explode on the page…A thunderhead of disquietude hangs over this compulsively readable novel, sometimes loosing storms of suspense; but to Cornwell’s considerable credit, the unease arises ultimately not from the steady potential for violence, but from a more profound horror: the vulnerability of a good woman like Kay to a world beset by the corrupt, the cruel, the demonic.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Cornwell’s latest villain is a wonderful creation…[Her] detail-laden descriptions of autopsies, gleaned from her work experience on the staff of a Virginia chief medical examiner, offers the same kind of unique insight Tom Clancy provides concerning high-tech weaponry…Black Notice is a pleasant step forward…the villain is cracker-jack, the chase is exciting…Good for Patricia Cornwell, and even better for her many fans.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“It is fascinating to watch Scarpetta and her supporting cast…become more and more themselves…especially in such a brilliantly paced adventure as this one.”—Kirkus Reviews
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- ASIN : 0425225453
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (December 30, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425225455
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425225455
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.28 x 1.16 x 7.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If any one has ever read "THEWATCHER", by Dean Koontz, will understand what I'm trying to point out...his "MONSTER", was given, feelings it expressed, how it felt, why it was angery, in short, he had substance, you couldn't help but "feel", for the poor thing...this was missing here....another charector in the book, her motives, were never made clear, either, before she was 'rubbed out', near the books end.....she was nasty, but I never grasped her true motives or reasons for being that way..
I think/ believe, more defining, of the story line was needed...I truly felt let down, at the ending..
If that weren't bad enough, the majority of the first half of the book is dedicated not to this intruiging story line, but - and I'm not kidding here - to a burocratic power struggle amongst egotistical civil servants. I cannot remember every having read a more tedious, uninspiring, lengthy and pointless subplot (although I haven't read anything by Tom Clancy recently). And this whole subplot is based on the premise of a computer security breach that even the most novice user of AOL would find laughable.
Throw in a cast of annoying, unsympathetic characters (not even Kay or Mariano are even the least bit endearing), most of whom are unbelievable to boot, and you get a read that is tiresome and pointless.
Worst book I've read in quite some time.
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Anyway, in this book, we see Scarpetta investigate a dead body in a shipping container, as anew senior police woman try and do her, and her chief investigator (Pete Marino), down. The investigation takes her to Interpol, and the examination of evidence there, as she tries to work out why subsequent murders are so much like the body in the shipping container.
It’s these battling that irritates. The investigation is interesting enough, but I don’t understand why she has to have so many people trying to belittle her, and do her down. I wouldn’t mind, but for the fact it puffs out the run time. To my mind, let her get up to investigating, and make that work.
The story begins when Scarpetta is called to a crime scene where a body that has been transported from another country has been found in a storage unit. This isn't any ordinary case though as there are strange wolf-like hairs found on the body and some writing is on the wall of the unit. Just as Kay begins to think this is an isolated incident, another body turns up with the same hairs found on it. Also her pal Marino has been demoted by a new chief detective on the squad which leaves him feeling bitter and more rebellious than ever. Kay's nice Lucy is on an undercover and very dangerous assignment in Miami too, which in effect causes problems in their relationship.
Phew - this was a hard book to finish! I've always found the Scarpetta books to be fast-paced and exciting from the opening chapter, this however was incredibly slow and un-eventful. The case she was working on was very uninteresting, the characters all seemed to have been exaggerated on their most annoying flaws, which made this very difficult to enjoy. Kay in particular has became one of the most unlikeable, arrogant and petty characters I have ever came across in this one.
I just hope this was a one-off bad novel as there are a fair few more for me to get through and I have loved all of the previous books in the series so far. Overall, I would perhaps avoid this one, especially if you've not read the rest of the series.