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It is with mixed feelings that I write a review of a Patricia Cornwell book and give it less than a stellar rating. Unfortunately, in good conscience, I can't give this more than 3 stars. I even feel I'm being generous with that. The only reason it rates the 3 stars is that I'm giving a star to each of the main characters -- Kay, Lucy and Marino -- for showing up on these pages.
This is the 11th book in the Kay Scarpetta series and, as an avid fan, I wait patiently for the newest arrival (which I have already preordered at Amazon of course). The day it is delivered, I put everything aside and delve right in. So, when I say I'm disappointed, this is truly coming from the heart.
This is an absolute sequel to Black Notice and thus continues the storyline of Jean-Baptiste Chandonne, better known as Le Loup-Garou -- the "werewolf". In order to make this a stand alone book and for the benefit of those readers who haven't read Black Notice, Cornwell repeats everything we've already read in the previous book. This is fine and necessary for those who haven't read Black Notice. For those true fans who have already read this book, these constant reminders become redundant. I didn't like the werewolf storyline in Black Notice so I liked it even less as it continued in The Last Precinct. This book finds Kay recovering from wounds she suffered at the hands of Le Loup Garou, being analyzed to death by her friend and psychoanalyst Anna (150 pages of this), being accused of a crime that she didn't commit and spending the entire book being paranoid as to whom she can really trust. While I enjoy getting to understand Kay's inner psyche a little better, enough was enough after 75 pages of it.
I made the mistake of reading this book one morning while eating breakfast. It didn't make for a great meal to be reading about the werewolf shedding all his fine blonde hairs all over the place while I was eating my bagel. YUK. I, for one, have had enough of Le Loup Garou but, unfortunately, it is evident in the end of this book that this story will be continuing in Cornwell's next book.
I won't give up on my three favorite characters yet but I implore Cornwell to give her true fans a break and get back to the stories that made these books become bestsellers in the first place. By the time I read the last page, I was ready to head for The Last Precinct -- the place Cornwell describes as where you go when there is nowhere else to go -- or my own description -- where you go when you want to get away from this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Being a Patricia Cornwell fan, the twists and turns of this book kept me completely attached to my head set. Love the csi research.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Fairly well plotted. One is soon drawn deeper into complexities of a mystery and a conspiracy. Good on the details of autopsies, procedures and what certain findings indicate about cause of death.
Some interesting characters; it was particularly interesting to read this book in the light of an interview in the Times recently with Patricia Cornwell as a result of which one can spot many autobiographical strands from her own personal experiences which are woven into the novel and which give her principal character, Scarpetta, real credibility.
Written very much with a woman's voice (which makes sense, of course) I was troubled at one early stage in the book that the world seemed to be divided into good guys (female) and bad guys (male) but this view mellowed a little as I progressed.
A reasonably good read for this kind of book.
Very well read by Lorelie King who gives each character its own voice and reflects the moods of each.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
A very good Patricia Cornwell. I have read lots but this one is good, they are probably best read in order to make some sense of the history in them.
This book has a very interesting twist in that it supposedly starts from the end. I liked this style and it worked well.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful