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The Last Precinct: Scarpetta (Book 11) (Kay Scarpetta) Kindle Edition
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Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956, in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Montreat, North Carolina.
Following graduation from Davidson College in 1979, she began working at the Charlotte Observer, rapidly advancing from listing television programs to writing feature articles to covering the police beat. She won an investigative reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for a series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte.
Ignites on the first page...Cornwell twists escalating violence, unrelenting tension, and growing paranoia into a thick rope of horror and unfolding conspiracy. No one depicts the human capability for evil better than she...Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author's imagination.-- "USA Today"
One of Ms. Cornwell's better novels...There are surprises and unexpected plot twists...A page-turner that will engage, surprise, and engross readers to the final page.-- "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Plots within plots, fraught atmosphere, and unrelenting suspense keep readers on tenterhooks while one trap after another springs under unwary feet. Cunningly designed, ingeniously laid out, composed with Cornwellian skill, this far-from-the-last precinct is a model of the art.-- "Los Angeles Times"
The most unexpected of the Kay Scarpetta novels so far...The Last Precinct unfolds deliberately, keeping you in the dark along with Scarpetta so that when the revelations dawn, you're almost reeling, too. The overwhelming feeling, though, is that Cornwell has the series on the verge of spinning off in a thrilling new direction. The Last Precinct may just be a terrific first step toward something even more exhilarating.-- "Miami Herald" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B001VFTYWI
- Publisher : Berkley (July 1, 2001)
- Publication date : July 1, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 836 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 476 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,014 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think if you are a Scarpetta series fan, you'd like this book, as you've been bringing the history of Kay, Benton, Lucy and Marino along with you. I think many reviewers here are a bit harsh, even though this is not as good as the first few in the series. If you are new to the series, this would probably be a 3 star book.
My first distraction was that the novel was written in first person, present tense. It was very uncomfortable reading and I actually had to pull out all her other books to see if I had lost my perspective, but no, this appears to be her first attempt at that writing style. I hated it.
Secondly, Cornwell is toying a bit too much for my comfort and enjoyment with the lesbianism theme. I just don't get it and did not like one of my favorite characters wrestling with her sexuality, albeit briefly. Then it just hung there.
Finally, I just couldn't buy the entire plot. Come on - that anyone would suspect Kay Scarpetta of such a gruesome murder is ridiculous.
The one point I should mention is that at least I did enjoy Marino, as usual, but a little more so in this novel.
A last note. I'm just not sure I would read another Kay Scarpetta. I don't want to ruin her character in my own mind.
For what it's worth.
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First the dedication to Linda Fairstein. I always... feel a little queasy about dedications to famous people in books, because they seem a little like they're tempting fate? If Joe Blow from a dedication tarnishes their reputation, we'll never know. If someone famous does the same, then it raises questions. If an author introduces a new character who echoes the dedicatee is introduced and that character becomes incongruous to said dedicatee, I start thinking "that really didn't age well".
The book is a continuation of book 10 in the series. In that book a crazed Frenchman goes on a killing spree in the US, culminating in an "unexpected home attack" on Kay Scarpetta. Setting aside that the home attack is now a regular thing in this series, we get the attack on Scarpetta's professionalism lifted to another level too in this book, because Cornwell wanted to echo what was happening to her best friend (Fairstein) too maybe? The result is that the esteemed Chief Medical Examiner is accused of murder, and taken to a Special Grand Jury, by the Virginia Attorney-General because that makes complete sense.
At the same time, Scarpetta investigates the death of two men in Richmond VA, and deals with the continuing fallout from the events in book 10. She's allowed to do these things, despite being a murder suspect, because without it there'd be no story. Forget about realism. Forget about having a book series that makes sense. Let's stretch credibility to the point where people who enjoy stupid ideas think "Oh my gosh that is SO dumb I can't believe it."
The sad thing is even Cornwell knows that things are getting daft, with Marino (one of her characters) raising issues that the reader will be thinking on occasion. When that starts happening I honestly think authors should asking "Is this credible?" about their books.
In short, this book could have been better written if this book had been better written if it had been merged into book 10, heavily edited, and had the legal proceedings about Scarpetta removed.